Roosevelt University Flourishes in Schaumburg

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Byline: Steve Zalusky Daily Herald Staff Writer

Rachael Bell didn't have to travel downstate, out of state or even into the city to find a four-year university that offered her post-graduate opportunities.

The Palatine High School graduate and self-described homebody knew she wanted to be a teacher, but wanted to go to school close to home. So, after receiving an associate's degree from Harper College, she pursued her bachelor's at the Schaumburg campus of Roosevelt University.

She now teaches math in a Lake in the Hills school, while still attending Roosevelt, where she is pursuing a master's in human services.

She credits Roosevelt. "They did all the work, as far as my getting a student teaching position and helped with placement in the master's degree program," she said.

Roosevelt found a home for its northwest campus in Schaumburg in 1996, when the Albert A. Robin Campus, named after a benefactor, moved there from Arlington Heights. Located at 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., on 27 acres, the 225,000-square-foot building houses 60 classrooms and includes headquarters for the university's Walter E. Heller College of Business Administration.

It's a long way from its humble origins in Arlington Heights as a satellite campus of the downtown Chicago university. That campus opened in 1978 in a former elementary school building with just 15 classrooms and faculty shared with the Chicago campus.

The northwest campus suffered growing pains in the early 1980s, with more than 1,800 students, spurring Roosevelt officials to seek more spacious digs, which they found at Forest View High School in Arlington Heights.

When enrollment shot up to more than 2,700, the university purchased and subsequently renovated the former regional offices of Unocal in Schaumburg.

"What I see now is a vibrant, full-service university for the Northwest suburbs, with a whole array of academic programs and all the services that go with that," said Roosevelt University President Charles Middleton. …