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Academic Support

Academic Writing Center

Roosevelt University’s Writing Center provides support for all students and members of the university community who want to become better writers.

Roosevelt University Writing Center
Carrie Brecke, Director
Auditorium Building Room 650
(312) 341-2206

The Writing Center is for anyone who wants to become a better writer. Students of every skill level benefi t from sessions with a Writing Center tutor. At the Writing Center, students work with trained undergraduate and graduate student tutors who can converse with writers about any writing task. Some of the kinds of writing that a Writing Center tutor can help you with are: academic essays; research papers; bibliographies; proposals; personal statements; business or professional writing; lab reports.

Tutoring sessions involve a wide variety of tasks, but at the heart of every session is conversation—a conversation about your ideas and the best ways to make your ideas clear. From finding a topic to organizing your argument, students can work with a tutor on any aspect of their writing.

Tutoring sessions are free and appointments are available by phone (312.341.2206) or through email ( For immediate appointments, students can drop by the Writing Center (room 650) to see if a tutor is available. Online tutoring is also available.

Computers and Instructional Technology

Open access computer laboratories are maintained on both campuses and computer classerooms equipped with computer workstations are available for use by classes. Standard software in the labs and computer classrooms includes applications for word-processing, spreadsheet and database development, statistical analysis, programming, and multi-media editing as well as a variety of specialized applications. Computer use is a vital part of instruction in every college. Basic competency in the use information technology can be obtained by all students either working on their own in the labs or in formal courses.

In addition to computer laboratories in classrooms, many individual classrooms are equipped with data projection and multimedia playback equipment for use by instructors, and mobile equipment is available for use in all classrooms. Increasingly, teachers supplement standard classroom instruction with online resources through the Blackboard course management sytem or their own faculty websites.

All campus computers are provided with internet access and wireless network connections are available at hot spots at all campus locations. For the latest information on technology sercvices at Roosevelt University visit the Division of Information Technology web page.

First Year Seminar

All new, full-time undergraduate students who are under the age of 24 and who have fewer than 15 hours of transfer credit will be required to take an eight-week seminar designed to assist them in handling their college studies successfully. This noncredit course is required for graduation. The course will provide information about academic and personal resources. The course also includes excursions into the city and suburbs. The seminar is entitled FYS 100: RU Ready: Navigating University Life. Students who are not required to take the course may request to do so and will be admitted if space is available.

Roosevelt University Library

The Roosevelt University Library provides access to numerous print, online, and AV resources from all campus locations. The webpage links to 100+ resources that contain citations to scholarly journals, magazines, newspapers, and reference works. Students can access the online resources from off campus; authentication is required by entering the RU ID number. Students must use the 23311 prefix infront of the 9 digit ID number.

Resource highlights

  • 200,000+ books
  • 20,000+ print and online journals
  • 100+ online resources
  • Online Reference books
  • Newspapers (including the full text of the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, and more)
  • Musical recordings, sheet music, scores
  • Archives

Library Services

  • Reference librarians available in person, by phone, or through email
  • One-on-One research help
  • Library materials delivered to the campus of your choice
  • Interlibrary loan articles delivered directly to your RU email account

The RU Library is a member of the state-wide library network, I-Share, which consists of 70+ academic institutions. Materials from these libraries can be borrowed and delivered to any of the four RU library locations. Materials not available at RU or in the I-Share consortium can be obtained through a nationwide interlibrary loan network.

Each library location has networked computer stations that give students access to the internet, RU’s online resources, and RU’s book catalog. Most library resources can be accessed from off campus 24/7 with appropriate authentication. The library offers instruction sessions and guidance in the use of the online resources designed specifi cally for individual classes, as well as research assistance on a walk-in basis or by appointment.

The RU Library consists of four locations – the Murray-Green Library located on the 10th fl oor of the Auditorium Building, the Performing Arts Library on the 11th fl oor of the Auditorium Building, the CPA Electronic Reference Library in room 500 of the Gage Building, and the McCormick Tribune Foundation Library in room 140 of the Schaumburg Campus.

For contact information, hours, and locations see the Roosevelt University Library’s website.

Remedial Music Courses

The Chicago College of Performing Arts offers preparatory courses in theory to students who wish to enroll as professional music students but who are not sufficiently prepared to enter the regular college course in the discipline. No credit toward a music degree is given to music majors for these courses. In applied music, non-credit lessons may be required at times to meet minimal performance standards.