Hello and welcome to the home of the Colonials! I’m Greg Dell’Omo, president of Robert Morris University.
This is a momentous year at RMU: the 50th anniversary of our Moon Township campus, which opened for business in the fall of 1963 with a classroom building, an administrative building, and three residence halls. This fall will see 2,070 students living in 14 residence halls on campus, including Yorktown Hall, which Robert Morris converted from a hotel less than a mile from our main campus.
Many of these students cheered on the Colonials football team this fall as it celebrated its 20th anniversary and the final season for founding head coach Joe Walton. And many of them hopped on a bus to Lexington, Kentucky, Nov. 17 to see the men’s basketball team take on the University of Kentucky in a rematch of the game we hosted in March in the NIT. (You may have heard that we won.)
Total enrollment this year will reach 5,500, with a freshman class of nearly 1,000 students, the largest in our history. Our students represent 37 states and 37 nations. International enrollment, now at approximately 400, is more than double what it was five years ago. That is one reason that RMU was privileged to host a visit this summer by His Royal Highness Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia. The Prince Sultan met many of the more than 150 Saudi students who are earning a degree at RMU.
Over the past two years we have opened two new academic buildings, the School of Business Building and the Wheatley Center for the School of Communications and Information Systems. Under construction now is a state-of-the-art facility for our School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Once that is completed, each of RMU’s five schools will have its own dedicated space on campus.
Five schools. To think Robert Morris began life as the Pittsburgh School of Accountancy in 1921 with 26 students in three rented classrooms in downtown Pittsburgh. What’s most remarkable is not just that we’ve changed so much during that time but that we’ve held true to our values and our mission to provide a professionally focused education that changes students’ lives. If you are a member of the RMU family – alumni, students, faculty, and staff – I thank you for your contribution to our success. If this is your introduction to Robert Morris, I urge you to come visit our campus and learn what the buzz is all about