Preparing Students for Success Since 1921.
Robert Morris University traces its history to 1921, when it opened its doors as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy. In 1935 the school took the name of Robert Morris, the Founding Father and Pennsylvanian known as the “Financier of the American Revolution.”
A private university in suburban Pittsburgh, Robert Morris University prepares students for great careers and great lives.
With more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, plus a variety of professional certificates and customizable programs for corporate and organizational partners, RMU builds on nearly a century of educational excellence.It is a private, doctoral university located in Moon, a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. The school was founded in 1921 and is named after Robert Morris, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, Articles of Confederation and financier of the American Revolution.
It enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduates and more than 1,000 graduate students. It offers more than 60 bachelor's degree programs and more than 20 master's and doctoral programs. Most students are from the Pittsburgh area, while 17 percent of freshmen in 2014 were from outside Pennsylvania.
Robert Morris is ranked 176th in the United States in U.S. News & World Report's rankings for 2018. Robert Morris University originated in 1921 as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy, founded by Andrew Blass. It was based in various downtown buildings during its early decades, including the William Penn Hotel. In 1935, the institution changed its name to the Robert Morris School of Business in honor of the Founding Father popularly known as the "financier of the American Revolution," and the following year it began to offer courses in secretarial skills.
In 1962 the school purchased Pine Hill Manor and Farm in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, formerly the home of Oliver Kaufmann, vice president of Kaufmann's department store in Pittsburgh, his wife, Freda, and their children.
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania then granted the school permission to award associate degrees, and the school became Robert Morris Junior College. The first new buildings, Franklin Center and three residence halls, were erected in 1963. The school became Robert Morris College in 1969, and for decades operated two separate campuses. In 2002, it attained university status and was thus renamed Robert Morris University. In 2010, the university sold its Downtown Center at 600 Fifth Avenue to Duquesne University. On Dec. 4, 2014, Gregory G. Dell'Omo announced that he had accepted an offer from Rider University to become its next president in August 2015. On Sept. 10, 2015, Robert Morris named Christopher B. Howard, then president of Hampden-Sydney College, as its next president. Howard, the first African-American president in school history, assumed office in February 2016.