RMU Gateway Program

Save money and earn two degrees with RMU Gateway

Community college students: Put your bachelor’s degree within easy reach.

Starting this fall, students enrolled in associate degree programs at four Pittsburgh-area community colleges can enroll simultaneously at Robert Morris University. Take RMU classes priced at your community college tuition rate — even live on campus if you wish — with the new RMU Gateway plan.

For students in RMU Gateway, credits earned as part of an associate degree at any of the four community college partners are fully transferable towards a bachelor’s degree from RMU. While earning your associate degree, take up to 12 credits of RMU classes at your community college’s tuition rate, for significant savings.

Once you finish your two-year degree, transfer seamlessly to RMU for your bachelor’s degree. RMU Gateway students are eligible for scholarships from $3,000 to $12,000 per year, depending on your GPA. RMU Gateway students are eligible to live in campus housing even before they formally transfer, getting a head start on the college experience compared to traditional transfers.

RMU Gateway begins this year with the Fall 2021 semester.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between dual enrollment and dual admission?

Dual Admission. Dual Admissions shall be available to any Community College student currently enrolled in articulated programs, and who has applied for and has been accepted into the University’s program pending successful completion of all admission requirements described within this MOU. Students who are Dual Admitted prior to their first 30 credits are eligible for program-to-program articulation agreements with acceptance of all credits earned through the Associate’s Degree. 

Dual Enrollment. A currently enrolled student at a Community College who has applied for and has been accepted into a program at the University is able to take up to 12 credits of advanced coursework from the University at a discounted rate payable to the University equal to the per-credit rate at the respective Community Colleges as a Dual Enrolled student while completing their Associate’s degree. Students must be dual admitted to participate in dual enrollment.

What are the academic requirements for dual enrollment and/or dual admission?

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher and adhere to the agreed upon program of study. Certain programs at RMU may require a higher GPA. If the student does not meet the minimum requirements of the major indicated for a particular program, then the student may complete their bachelor’s degree in a different program with the recognition that all transfer credits may not apply.

Education majors must also have taken and passed the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) or PDE-listed acceptable substitute examp prior to admission to the Education Program at the University. 

Can I be a part-time student or full-time student?

You can be either a part-time or full-time student to participate in RMU Gateway.

Can I live on campus at RMU?

Yes. Community College students can apply for on-campus student housing at the University prior to completing their Associate’s degree.  The term of the housing agreement will be for one (1) semester and can be renewed for subsequent semesters.  Housing seniority will be earned for each semester a student resides in the University housing and housing seniority can be applied when the student enrolls at the University.  

Can I participate in RMU activities?

Yes. Students will be welcome to participate in RMU sporting activities as well as other programming as well as any affinity groups that allow for early membership such as program clubs and honorary societies.

Will I have an academic advisor at both schools?

Yes, you will have advisor at both the Community College and RMU. A Transfer Success Center at RMU will be available to support advising and counseling beginning in Fall 2021. 

How long will it take me to complete my bachelor's degree if I'm a dual enrollment student?

It will take full-time students transferring in an Associate’s Degree two years to complete their bachelor’s degree. Entering students will be juniors in good standing upon their transfer to RMU. The completion time for part-time students will depend on the credit load they take each semester.

At what point can students apply to RMU once they are enrolled at the community college? Do they need to have a certain amount of credits earned at the community college first?

Dual Admission shall be available to any currently enrolled student at a Community College who has applied for and has been accepted into RMU’s program pending successful completion of all admission requirements.  A currently enrolled student at a Community College who has applied for and has been accepted into a program at the University is able to take up to 12 credits of advanced coursework from the University at a discounted rate payable to the University equal to the per-credit rate at the respective Community Colleges as a Dual Enrolled student while completing their associate’s degree.

What if a student is not enrolled in an associate’s degree but a community college student, can they enroll in the 12 credits at RMU or dual admit?

Students must be in the dual enrollment program and pursuing an associate degree to enroll in the 12 credits at RMU with the discounted rate. 

If a student was denied as a freshman at RMU, can they participate in the Gateway program?

Yes, students denied as a freshman at RMU are eligible to participate in RMU Gateway. They need to enroll at the Community College of their choice and apply to RMU Gateway within their first 30 credits earned at the Community College.

What majors are participating?

While the list of majors continues to grow, the following majors are examples of areas where students pursuing an associate’s degree in the field of study can anticipate transferring into: 

Biology, Computer & Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Environmental Science, Health Sciences, Interdisciplinary Studies, Mathematics, Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Sociology as well as Business Administration in Accounting, Management, Marketing, and Sport Management. 

What if a student already has a bachelor’s degree?  Can they still apply for the dual-admit/dual-enrollment program if they are a current community college student enrolled in an associate’s degree?

Yes, students who already hold a bachelor’s degree need to apply for RMU Gateway through their respective community college prior to earning 30 credits towards their associate’s degree. 

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