RMU to open center Downtown for fall term

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Two years after selling its former Downtown campus to Duquesne University, Robert Morris University has announced it will open a new Downtown center this fall at the Heinz 57 Center on Sixth Avenue.

Known as RMU Downtown, the center will offer bachelor's and master's degrees for part-time students and will also serve as the new home of the RMU Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, currently located at the Regional Enterprise Tower.

"We feel that it really fits with our updated plans for educating nontraditional students. It's part of a comprehensive package that we have for adult, nontraditional students," said Darcy Tannehill, vice president for online and off-campus programs.

The record growth of full-time undergraduate and residential enrollment at the Robert Morris Moon campus in 2010 led to the university's sale of the former Downtown center on Fifth Avenue. Robert Morris currently has a total enrollment of 4,800 with about 1,800 traditional undergraduate residential students enrolled for the fall term at the Moon campus and an additional 1,600 students commuting to the campus, Ms. Tannehill said.

Though university officials have concentrated on the Moon campus since 2010, they continued to work toward creating a new Downtown center.

"We promised to remain a presence in Downtown Pittsburgh, and now we're making good on that promise," Robert Morris President Gregory Dell'Omo said in a statement.

Since the sale of the previous Downtown center to Duquesne, a small number of media arts courses were still held there by Robert Morris.

Those courses will move to the Moon campus.

The new RMU Downtown will offer six degree programs: bachelor's programs in computer and information systems and organizational leadership, and master's programs in business administration, information systems, information security assurance and organizational leadership.

The Downtown center will also offer undergraduate and graduate certificates in enterprise systems.

Classes will start at RMU Downtown on Aug. 25 and university officials hope to grow enrollment there to several hundred within 18 months to two years, Ms. Tannehill said.

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Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1590.


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