Jan 27, 2022  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Rush University/Campus Information


Rush University’s Campus

The main campus of Rush University and Rush University Medical Center is located on the Near West Side of Chicago not far from downtown (often referred to as the Loop). The area surrounding the campus is undergoing much redevelopment. Of particular interest is the Chicago Technology Park, which incorporates biomedical research facilities and programs.

Townhomes and condominiums have been built in Garibaldi Park, just east of the campus, and many new businesses are flourishing in the Taylor Street area.  There are other health care facilities in the Medical Center District, including the University of Illinois at Chicago-West Campus, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. 

Rush is centrally and conveniently located. The Marriott Chicago Downtown at the Medical District, a hotel and fine dining establishment, is located at the corner of Harrison Street and Ashland Avenue adjacent to the Medical Center. The main campus now consists of 22 buildings, including facilities for achieving the goals of the Medical Center: patient care, education and research. The main campus also includes two indoor parking facilities.

Armour Academic Center is the hub of most student activities. The Library of Rush University Medical Center and the McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC) are located in the Armour Academic Center, along with classrooms, laboratories, academic computing, specialized facilities, the Student Affairs Suite, the Office of Student Life and Engagement, the Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, the Rush University Bookstore, a cafeteria, and the administrative offices of Rush Medical College, Rush University College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and The Graduate College.

Medical Center and Facilities

Laboratories are located throughout the Medical Center complex but are principally found in Jelke-South center. Additional departmental laboratories are located in the Cohn Research Building and in the Tech 2000 building located at 2000 W. Harrison St. In addition to the main campus, Rush includes Rush-Copley Memorial Hospital, located in Aurora, and Rush Oak Park Hospital, located in Oak Park.

Directly across the Eisenhower Expressway from the main campus is the Triangle Office Building, which is home to Finance, Legal Affairs, Philanthropy, Marketing and Communication, the Data Center and other functions of the Medical Center.

The Office of Student Life and Engagement distributes a campus map to new students and publishes the Rush University Student Handbook, which includes a yellow pages section providing locations and telephone numbers of persons, offices, departments and buildings of interest to students.

Office of Student Life and Engagement

The mission of the Office of Student Life and Engagement is to provide services and opportunities that will enhance each student’s academic experience and connection with Rush University. The Student Life and Engagement staff works closely with students, faculty and the administration to identify student needs and to design and implement programs and policies to meet those needs. The professional staff serves as advisors to student organizations; provides career services to students in each academic discipline; develops and implements University orientation for new students; assists with the development and implementation of commencement events; oversees Rush University sponsored housing; and sponsors educational, multicultural and social activities for all students.

Office of Student Life and Engagement
Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina Street, Suite 984
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Office: (312) 942-6302
Fax: (312) 942-9283
Email: student_life@rush.edu
Web site address: https://www.rush.rush.edu/rush-experience/student-services/student-life-and-engagement

Student Activities and Programming

The Office of Student Life and Engagement sponsors programs that are open to all Rush University students, faculty and staff. The primary objective of these programs is to enhance the co-curricular life of the Rush student community. In the past, the office has sponsored events including a robust Welcome Back Week, career workshops and a Current Issues in Healthcare series, as well as Fall Into Rush (student organization fair), Constitution Day and Student Appreciation Week. In addition, the office encourages exploration of Chicago’s many cultural, educational and social resources by regularly offering students discounted museum, theatre, sports and movie tickets. The staff in the Office of Student Life and Engagement welcomes input and assistance from students in planning and implementing programming events. Students wishing to become involved are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement at (312) 942-6302 or via email at student_life@rush.edu

Career Development

The Office of Student Life and Engagement assists students who are preparing for the internship/externship job search and residency application processes with resumes, curriculum vitae, cover letters, personal statements and interviewing techniques. Monthly career workshops are offered and a variety of career resources are available in the office for student use, including workbooks, handouts and guidebooks. Many resources are also available on the RUConnected portal site. Students wishing to make a one-on-one appointment (video appointments are available for distance learners) for career assistance should contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement at (312) 942-6302 or via email at student_life@rush.edu.

Students are also individually assigned academic advisors from their associated colleges who are knowledgeable about the student’s educational program. These advisors provide assistance in curriculum selection, academic progression and professional and career development.


The Office of Student Life and Engagement oversees the publication of student-related materials, such as the Rush University Student Handbook and the Online Picture Book. Both the STudent Handbook and the Online Picture Book may be accessed through the RUConnected portal site. 

Rush University Counseling Center

The Rush University Counseling Center is open all year and provides professional counseling at no charge to all currently enrolled students.  Individuals and couples explore a variety of concerns ranging from academic problems to issues encountered in the course of clinical training.  Students also seek help for anxiety, depression, relationship problems, insomnia, eating disorders, sexual orientation and coming out issues, bereavement, family mental illness, and career decisions.  The Counseling Center maintains strict standards of confidentiality.  No information regarding a student is released to anyone - inside or outside of Rush - without prior consent of the student, within the limits of Illinois law.  Contact with the Counseling Center does not become part of any other University record.  The Counseling Center is located in 701 Kidston House.  Appointments may be scheduled by calling (312) 942-3687.

International Student Services

International Student Services, housed within the Office of the Registrar and located in 440 Armour Academic Center, provides services for international students who are planning to study at Rush and will need authorization from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) to do so. 

International Student Services serves students in the following ways:

  • Representing Rush to the Student and Exchange Visitors Program (SEVP) regarding the attendance of international students
  • Helping prospective students navigate issues concerning international admission
  • Issuing USCIS documents for F-1 students, to assure compliance with established governmental policies and procedures
  • Consulting with current and potential students, academic and administrative offices, staff and faculty regarding nonimmigrant student issues
  • Orienting new students to the Rush community in collaboration with the Office of Student Life
  • Helping international students be an integral part of the diversity and culture of the Rush community

The International Student Services office is also available to serve the needs of prospective international students and alumni. For additional information, please call (312) 942-5681.

Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs strives to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive for all Rush community members. The Office aims to develop a community culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in both the educational and clinical environments. Accordingly, the Office collaborates with all Colleges in the recruitment of students and faculty  that is reflective of the diversity that exists in the communities Rush serves. These aims are undergirded by the goal and vision of the Office.


Shape and sustain a positive multicultural environment for all students at Rush University.


Rush will be known for creating and promoting a nurturing multicultural environment in which faculty, students and staff from all backgrounds embody and respect attributes, values and diverse perspectives which reflect the communities that we live in and that we serve.

To achieve the goal and vision of the office, there is a commitment to:

Student Development-Provides opportunities for students to participate in diverse leadership opportunities, professional development, service learning, community engagement, and mentoring, while highlighting and encouraging wellness in students’ lives.

Education and Training-Offers ongoing trainings, webinars, workshops, lecture series and events to promote diversity and inclusion awareness for students and the greater campus community.

Supporting Academic Success-Assists in developing culturally inclusive co-curricular support programs that complement the learning environment and foster academic achievement.

Campus Climate-Implements a systematic, continuous assessment of campus climate for students and action plans to enhance  and strengthen a welcoming, diverse and inclusive student environment.

The Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs is located in the Armour Academic Center, 984G.  For additional information, please call (312) 942-0725.

Campus Housing

Rush University provides a limited block of apartments at Tailor Lofts Student Apartments located at 315 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL  60607 to address current student housing needs while the University undergoes a new master facility plan.  Tailor Lofts Student Apartments are located one mile east of Rush’s campus, just two stops away on the blue line train.

The amenities at Tailor Lofts Student Apartments include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • 24-hour security presence on first-floor entrance
  • Wi-fi throughout entire building
  • 24-hour Mac computer center with printing capabilities
  • Laundry center and recycling facilities on every floor
  • Kitchens In every unit (Including microwave, stove and full-size refrigerator)

To ensure additional convenience, registered Rush students residing at Tailor Lofts Student Apartments have their housing costs, in addition to their tuition, billed through the University. 

Rush has worked with Tailor Lofts Student Apartments to negotiate special rates for Rush students, so these conveniently located and competitively priced student apartments do go quickly!  Interested Rush students should contact Tailor Lofts during the spring semester to begin the application process.  For more information please visit www.tailorlofts.com/info


Rush University also works with two brokerage companies to provide additional assistance to students, free of charge, with locating and securing other off-campus housing.  Both companies work with a variety of properties In the Chicago area and have been awarded for their great customer services.  Be sure to mention that you are with Rush.

Downtown Apartment Company


Email:  rush@downtownloop.com

The Apartment People

www.apartmentpeople.com  Please contact Lynn Kummerer directly at lynnk@apartmentpeople.com or via phone at (312) 335-9800.

Off-Campus Student Housing Guide

Additional information about off-campus student housing, Chicago neighborhoods, and transportation has been compiled in a guide that can be accessed by visiting the Student Life and Engagement website or by email at student_life@rush.edu or by telephone at (312) 942-6302.

Rush Community Service Initiatives Program (RCSIP)

The mission of Rush Community Service Initiatives Program is to provide community based volunteer experiences for Rush students that enhance their ability to work in interprofessional teams, develop patient relationships, care for diverse populations and to provide targeted services based on community need.

We will achieve our mission by:

  • Aligning volunteer experiences with the findings of the Rush Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Developing community programs that align with Rush’s community implementation plan
  • Providing appropriate supports and training for student volunteers
  • Accessing the outcomes of community programs
  • Evaluate the effects of community service experiences on the personal learning and development of the students.

For additional information please contact:

Sharon Gates

Senior Director, Community Engagement

(312) 942-3670


For students interested in yoga and pilates classes, Rush University Medical Center Employee Wellness sponsors classes. For a class schedule, fees and other information call (312) 942-5878 or visit the Medical Center intranet at http://www.rush.edu/health-wellness and click on Health & Wellness.

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge, located on the ninth floor, north end, of the Armour Academic Center (Room 992) is equipped with couches, a flat screen television, an email workstation, tables and chairs, a copy machine and a kitchen (refrigerators and microwave ovens). All students are invited and encouraged to use the facilities of the lounge. A student ID proxy card mechanism located along the west corridor allows students 24-hour access to the lounge via Room 984.

Student Lockers

At the time of orientation, Student Life and Engagement will assign lockers for the storage of coats, books and other miscellaneous articles. Students who keep a change of clothing in their lockers should use the restrooms as changing rooms.  Lockers are located throughout the Armour Academic Center and most lockers are shared with another student. Be advised that Rush University assumes no responsibility for the loss of personal property from lockers. If any difficulties arise with a locker, contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement, located in Armour Academic Center, Room 984.

Student Organizations

The Office of Student Life and Engagement recognizes the interests and goals of each student organization through administrative and limited financial support. Students who wish to establish a new organization are encouraged to stop by the office and speak with a staff member. Currently, there are more than 35 active organizations, including the RU Student Senate, American Medical Student Association, The Graduate College Student Council, National Student Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Rush Medical College Student Council, Rush Muslim Students’ Association, RU-Student Nurses Association and the Student Occupational Therapy Association. A full listing and descriptions of all approved organizations can be found on the Student Life and Engagement website.

Voter Registration

Voter registration materials are available through the Office of Student Life and Engagement, located in Armour Academic Center, Room 984. Voter registration can also be done online at http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/elections/registertovote/Pages/default.aspx.  These voter registration materials allow for a student to vote in local, state and federal elections.

Worship Opportunities

The Department of Religion, Health and Human Values provides weekly opportunities for worship in the J. Hall Taylor Memorial Chapel, located on the first floor of the Kellogg building near elevator C, as well as special services on faith-group holidays. A Meditation Room, available at all times as a refuge for the spirit, is located on the fourth floor Atrium Lobby.  A directory of churches in the area is available by calling the Department of Religion, Health and Human Values at (312) 942-5571. Chaplains are available for consultation about professional and personal issues.

Rush University Bookstore

The Rush University Bookstore, located on the ground level of Armour Academic Center, is a health sciences bookstore serving the needs of students, faculty and staff at Rush University Medical Center. The bookstore stocks the required and recommended textbooks for courses offered at Rush University, as well as an assortment of reference and review books. Special orders are handled by the bookstore and will generally be received in one or two weeks. The bookstore also supplies Rush insignia items, medical apparel and equipment, school supplies and stationary, convenience items, USPS stamps, and miscellaneous gifts.

Office of General Education Resources

The Office of General Educational Resources offers a wide variety of services to Rush University students and faculty. Available services include Laboratory Services, Emergency Cardiac Care Program, and the Quick Copy Center. The office is located in the Multidisciplinary Laboratory (MDL) area on the 7th floor of the Armour Academic Center, 720 AAC. The classrooms are open to students 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and are closed Saturday and Sunday. Students who need special laboratory instruments or services for education or research projects should discuss such needs in advance with the staff. For questions please call (312) 942-6791.

Quick Copy Center

Located on the seventh floor of Armour Academic Center, 780 AAC, this facility duplicates materials for educational purposes as well as general needs. A full range of services, including front and back copying, three-hole punched copies, booklets and multiple binding options, colored copying and a variety of large format poster/banners, are offered through the center. Personal work of one or more copies can be accommodated for faculty and students at a reasonable fee. Quick Copy Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Library of Rush University Medical Center

The library serves the education, patient care and research needs of the students, faculty, staff and patients at Rush University Medical Center. Visit the library on the 5th floor of the Armour Academic Center or at http://rushu.libguides.com.

The library offers a comprehensive collection of print and online materials covering all areas of the health sciences. The library’s database collection features resources such as SCOPUS, CINAHL, Medline, and PsycINFO. Other online resources include point-of-care reference tools like UpToDate and Clinical Key, which provide concise topic reviews, clinical guidelines, extensive drug information and full text for a wide range of medical textbooks and journals.

If the library does not have an item, it can be requested from another library via interlibrary loan or I-Share. Books, journal articles, proceedings, dissertations and audiovisual materials can all be requested from other institutions. Turnaround time and loan period depend upon the lending library. For details call (312) 942-5950.

The students, faculty and staff of Rush University Medical Center may access online library resources, such as full-text journals, eBooks and databases, from off-campus locations. For more information please call (312) 942-5950.

Reference librarians provide personalized information services to all members of the Rush community. Request a comprehensive literature search or schedule individual or group instruction at your convenience to learn how best to use PubMed, evidence-based medical databases, bibliographic management tools or any other library resources. Call (312) 942-6784 or email lib_ref@rush.edu to make arrangements for individual or course-related instruction.

McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC)

The McCormick Educational Technology Center (METC) is a media, computer, and educational support center. Its mission is to facilitate university teaching and learning through the use of media, computer software and instructional design assistance.

The METC houses a large collection of media, which are available for student and faculty use. Tablets, laptops, projectors, video and audio recorders, and other accessories are also available to students for limited checkout. Most media and equipment may be reserved in advance.

The METC is home to three multimedia classrooms, Room 902 (capacity 10), Room 903 (capacity 40), and Room 908 (capacity 17), and three media viewing rooms. Rush faculty can reserve multimedia classrooms through the Astra room scheduling system. Students can use viewing rooms for study and group discussion. Workstations in Room 917 (computer lab) are also available for students and residents. Students with a valid Rush University ID have computer lab access on a first-come, first-served basis 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There are two printers in the METC. Software installed on workstations includes the Microsoft Office suite, Web browsers, secure exam software, SPSS, and various software requested by faculty for instruction.

The METC also coordinates the Academic Testing Center located in the Triangle Office Building.  The ATC accommodates up to 75 students for testing, and includes a multipurpose waiting area that can function as a collaborative learning space.  The ATC is also reserved through the Office of the Registrar.

METC staff are available to partner with faculty to enhance instruction. Staff also assist with locating, previewing, evaluating and acquiring commercially produced software and media for use within courses, and can offer collaborative support with audio/visual projects using products such as Blackboard Collaborate, Camtasia, and Panopto.

METC staff also provide assessment support through the scanning and reporting of testing results to faculty through optical mark reader (OMR) test forms, and online testing.

Media Services

Media Services, located in the Armour Academic Center, provides a wide range of audio/visual support for classrooms, meeting rooms and auditoriums throughout the University and Medical Center. Additionally, Media Services is glad to provide recommendations to faculty, staff or students who are purchasing audio/visual equipment.  Please call (312) 563-2527 and press 1 at the prompt to reach Media Services.

Rush Photo Group

Rush Photo Group is an in-house multimedia department specializing in professional photography, videography and motion graphics. Our work can be seen in print literature, brochures, publications like Rush News and Inside Rush, social media postings, as well as on the Rush campus monitors. Videos are used for patient education, recruitment and people profiles, to name a few areas.

In tandem with the Marketing/Communications Department, Rush Photo Group collaborates with departments throughout the medical center and university to effectively visualize the Rush brand.

If you have a request for a photo or a video, please download the Questionnaire for Photo/Video Proposals from the Document Library, complete and email it to the photo or video contact below.

Rush Fitness Center

Whether you’re trying to get in shape, lose weight, be more active or unwind after a busy day - the Rush Fitness Center is just what you’re looking for. Facilities include a variety of machines, equipment, fitness studio, cardio and strength training, stretching areas, lockers rooms, and showers. There are also group exercise classes along with personal training.  For questions, please call 312-947-2348 or rushfitnesscenter@rush.edu.