There’s another campus?
A closer look at Schaumburg.
Published: Monday, October 1, 2012
Updated: Monday, October 1, 2012 19:10
Attending Roosevelt University in downtown Chicago is perfect for those students who love the fast-paced lifestyle of the city.
Because students who live downtown are in the heart of the city and are immersed in a somewhat hectic lifestyle, often times the Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus is forgotten. Take a full ‘L’ ride on the blue line in addition to the bus, and you’ll be at Roosevelt Schaumburg.
It certainly is a different atmosphere, with a modest 1,797 students compared to Chicago’s 4,561. The small class sizes do offer some perks though.
“The people here are closer,” said Roosevelt student Marisa Massillo.
“You are more likely to be with the same people in classes,” added Roosevelt student Laura Girolami.
Even with the small size, the campus still offers some perks such as a cafeteria with Starbucks Coffee, a courtyard with room for events and studying, and even a cell phone charging station.
There are plenty of events and extracurricular opportunities as well, often hosted by the Center for Campus Life and Students Programming for Enrichment, Enlightenment, and Development (SPEED). These events add to the communal atmosphere of the campus, and offer activities including movie nights, cookouts, and informational seminars.
Being next to Woodfield Mall, Ikea, Medieval Times, and other tourist attractions, the location isn’t exactly a small town. The campus is near many homes and businesses.
“Our location is easy for people to commute back and forward,” Massillo said.
Still, students can’t help but feel overlooked and jealous of the Chicago campus. Amenities for students are a fraction of the size of those at the Chicago campus, such as the fitness center and library.
“The fitness center is so small,” Girolami said, “and certain majors are definitely favored, such as pharmacy.”
Massillo agreed, saying “I feel like the school is turning into just a pharmacy school.”
With necessary classes for many majors being unavailable at the Schaumburg campus, it can be frustrating for students who pay the same amount as the Chicago students. Without the availability of previous years’ shuttle that brought students to the Rosemont stop, it can be difficult to take classes at both campuses.
Still, many students enjoy the small town atmosphere and closeness associated with it. While the Schaumburg campus may not have the thrills and benefits of Chicago’s, it is still enjoyed by many for exactly what it is.
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