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Robert Morris University to Make Major Investments in Student Housing

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Pittsburgh – Over the next five summers, Robert Morris University will make major improvements to most of its 14 residence halls, including restoring lounges, renovating bathrooms, and upgrading heating and air conditioning systems.

Three traditional-style residence halls – Marshall, Ross, and Gallatin – will undergo total renovations to bring them up to the same quality as five other traditional residence halls. Those five buildings underwent extensive renovations from 2007 to 2009, and will also receive improvements as part of the latest plan.

Much of the work being done is based on feedback from students, including reclaiming lounges that had been converted into living spaces as demand for on-campus housing soared. Since becoming a university in 2002, RMU has built three apartment-style residences on campus and converted two off-campus buildings to residence halls, including a former hotel, Yorktown Hall, that is home to 500 students. Approximately 2,000 students live in campus housing.  

"Living on campus is an important component to student engagement and academic success. We are investing in our students' well-being and personal growth and development," said John Michalenko, vice president for student life at RMU.

Among the renovations being planned:

  • Restrooms, shower rooms, laundry rooms, and lounges in all eight traditional halls (Summers 2018 and 2019)
  • New furniture, HVAC systems, and painting hallways and stairwells in Washington Hall, a suite-style residence hall (Summer 2019)
  • New furniture, appliances, counter tops, and roof at Lexington Hall, which features apartment-style living (Summer 2019)
  • Improvements to lighting, ventilation and water systems, furniture, and windows in Yorktown Hall (Summers 2019, 2020, and 2021)
  • New lounges, student meeting rooms, and game rooms in Washington Hall (Summer 2021)
  • Total renovations to Marshall, Ross, and Gallatin halls (Summer 2020, 2021, 2022)


Through more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa. enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 39 countries. A nationally ranked, doctoral degree-granting research university, RMU offers fully online courses as well as a traditional residential college experience at its campus on 230 scenic acres 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, and lacrosse.