Mar 05, 2021  
2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 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 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 Rush’s campus, and many new businesses are flourishing in the Taylor Street area. There are other health care facilities in the Illinois Medical District, including the University of Illinois at Chicago, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. 

Rush is centrally and conveniently located. 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 are located in the Armour Academic Center, along with classrooms, laboratories, academic computing, specialized facilities, the Educational Affairs suite, the Office of Student Life and Engagement, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 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. 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, the Rush System includes Rush Copley Medical Center  in Aurora, Illinois, and Rush Oak Park Hospital, located in Oak Park, Illinois.

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 locations and telephone numbers of people, 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 administration to identify student needs, and design and implement programs and policies to meet those needs.

The professional staff serves as advisers 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 St., Suite 984
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-6302
Fax: (312) 942-9283


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 cocurricular life of the Rush student community. In the past, the office has sponsored a variety of events, including Welcome Back Week, career workshops and a Current Issues in Health Care 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 discounted museum, theatre, sports and movie tickets to students. Student Life and Engagement staff welcome input and assistance from students in planning and implementing events. Students wishing to become involved are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement at (312) 942-6302 or 

Career Development

The Office of Student Life and Engagement assists students who are preparing for job searches, including internship/externship, full-time positions 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 Rush University Portal. 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 or (312) 942-6302.

Students are also individually assigned academic advisers from their associated colleges who are knowledgeable about the student’s educational program. These advisers 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 are accessible on the Rush University Portal. 

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success is a new program at Rush University. It provides academic support services and connects students to key resources to help them maximize their academic potential. Services are free and available to all students enrolled at Rush University.

The center offers workshops and webinars to foster student success, with topics including study skills, test-taking strategies, and time management and procrastination. The center uses the web-based TutorTrac system to schedule and evaluate in-person or remote peer tutoring and writing tutoring sessions. In addition, the center assists students in navigating other support services at Rush.

The center’s administrative services and staff will soon be housed within the Library of Rush University Medical Center (fifth floor of the Armour Academic Center). For more information, call (312) 563-1800, email or visit

Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation

The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation, or  CTEI (pronounced ‘city’), launched in 2018 to work in partnership with faculty on instructional design and development, and to expand the use of educational technologies and optimize the learning management system to enhance course goals. The center is committed to supporting faculty with their course design, whether instruction is delivered online or uses a blended modality. CTEI staff support faculty through highly personalized one-on-one consultations and regularly scheduled workshops.

The center is located on the ninth floor of the Armour Academic Center, Suite 919. Please email or visit to learn more about available resources, to request services or view scheduled training sessions.

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, 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 Kidston House at 630 S. Hermitage Ave., Suite 701 (front door is on Harrison Street). Call (312) 942-3687 to schedule an appointment.

International Student Services

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

International Student Services serves students in the following ways:

  • Represents Rush to the Student and Exchange Visitors Program regarding the attendance of international students
  • Helps prospective students navigate issues concerning international admission
  • Issues USCIS documents for F-1 students to assure compliance with established governmental policies and procedures
  • Consults with current and potential students, academic and administrative offices, staff and faculty regarding nonimmigrant student issues
  • Orients new students to the Rush community in collaboration with the Office of Student Life and Engagement
  • Helps international students be an integral part of the diversity and culture of the Rush community

In addition, the International Student Services office is available to serve the needs of prospective international students and alumni. Please visit Rush’s International Student Services webpage or call (312) 942-2030 for additional information.

Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

The Office of Student Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, or SDMA, strives to create an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and supportive for all Rush University community members. SDMA aims to develop a community culture that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion in the campus environment.

Accordingly, SDMA collaborates with students, faculty, each of Rush’s four colleges and University stakeholders to incorporate diversity and multicultural principles within the campus culture. These aims are undergirded by the goal and vision of the office:


Shape and sustain an inclusive and multicultural campus environment for all students at Rush University.


Rush University will serve as a leader in creating and fostering an inclusive and multicultural campus environment in which students, faculty and staff from all backgrounds embody and respect attitudes, values and diverse perspectives in all areas of their work.

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

Student Professional Development: Provides opportunities for students to engage in diversity and inclusion leadership opportunities and professional development activities to enhance their diversity, inclusion, and multicultural awareness.

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

Supporting Academic Success: Assists in developing culturally inclusive cocurricular 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.

SDMA is located in the Armour Academic Center, Room 984G. For additional information, please call (312) 942-0725 or email

Campus Housing

Rush University provides a limited block of apartments at Tailor Lofts Student Apartments (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 CTA’s 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 the 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 to begin the application process. 

For more information please visit


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 service. Be sure to mention that you are a Rush student.

Downtown Apartment Company

The Apartment People 
Please contact Lynn Kummerer at or (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 housing webpage, via email at or by telephone at (312) 942-6302.

Rush Community Service Initiatives Program

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

RCSIP achieves its mission through the following:

  • Aligning volunteer experiences with the findings from the Rush Community Health Needs Assessment
  • Developing community programs that align with Rush’s community implementation plan
  • Providing appropriate support and training for student volunteers
  • Accessing the outcomes of community programs
  • Evaluating 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

Student Lounge

The Student Lounge, located in the north end of the ninth floor of the Armour Academic Center (Room 992), is equipped with couches, a flat-screen television, an email workstation, tables and chairs, a multifunction printer/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 in the west corridor by the back door allows students 24-hour access to the lounge via Room 984.

Student Lockers

During 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 the 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 involvement webpage.

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 completed online at  Voter registration materials allow students 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 in 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 the 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 fulfilled in one to two weeks. The bookstore also supplies Rush insignia items, medical apparel and equipment, school supplies and stationary, convenience items, U.S. Postal Service 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, the Emergency Cardiac Care Program and the Quick Copy Center. The office is located in the Multidisciplinary Laboratory area on the seventh floor of the Armour Academic Center, Room 720.

Lab space is available Monday through Friday from 8  a.m. to 4:30 p.m. but must be reserved by faculty.  Students who need special laboratory instruments or services for education or research projects should discuss their needs in advance with the staff. Please call (312) 942-6791 if you have any questions.

Quick Copy Center

Located on the seventh floor of Armour Academic Center, Room 780, the Quick Copy Center 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 posters/banners - are offered.

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  a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Library and Archives

Library of Rush University Medical Center

The library is a collaborative learning and research commons. Our engaged staff provides high-quality instruction, services, support and space for our diverse community, as we align our work in the library to the Rush mission: improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities we serve. The library is located on the fifth floor of the Armour Academic Center,  or  you can visit for more information.

The library offers a comprehensive collection of print and online materials covering all areas of the health sciences. Online library resources include full-text journals, e-books and databases. The  database collection features resources such as CINAHL, PubMed, Ovid, Scopus, Medline and PsycINFO. Other online resources include point-of-care reference tools, such as 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.

Students, faculty, and staff at Rush University Medical Center can access online library resources from off-campus locations using their Rush NetID. For more information, please call (312) 942-5950, email or visit

If the library does not have an item you need, 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 or email

Reference librarians provide personalized information services to all members of the Rush community and also are available to meet with distance education students online. Request assistance with a literature search or schedule individual or group instruction at your convenience to learn how best to use PubMed, evidence-based medical databases, RefWorks Citation Manager or any other library resources. Call (312) 942-5950 or email to make arrangements for individual or course-related instruction.

Rush University Medical Center Archives

The archives tells Rush’s story through its collections - its esteemed and enduring history of education, research, patient care and community service.  Dating back to the founding of Rush Medical College in 1837, the archives identifies, preserves, organizes and enables access to valuable Rush records from our earliest years to current digital assets.

The archives engages with the Rush community and the public. Rush University students can broaden their understanding of course materials by exploring Rush’s past contributions to health care. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to contribute their experiences and materials to strengthen and diversify the collections for future researchers. Rush’s archivist provides reference services, hosts historic tours, makes presentations, helps create exhibits, and assists with records consultations and acquisitions.

The archives office is located in the basement of the Triangle Office Building at 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 086. Learn more about the history of Rush and explore our collections online:

McCormick Educational Technology Center

The McCormick Educational Technology Center, or 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.

A large collection of media  for student and faculty use is available at the METC. 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.

In addition, the METC coordinates the Academic Testing Center, or ATC, 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 audiovisual 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, or OMR, as well as test forms and online testing.

Media Services

Media Services, located in the Armour Academic Center, provides a wide range of audiovisual support for classrooms, meeting rooms and auditoriums throughout the University and Medical Center. Additionally, Media Services provides recommendations to faculty, staff or students who are purchasing audiovisual equipment.  

Please call (312) 563-2527 and press 1 at the prompt to reach Media Services. To schedule your event, please send your request to Media Services five business days in advance.

Rush Production Group

The Rush Production Group is an in-house multimedia department specializing in professional photography, videography and motion graphics. Our photography can be seen in print literature, brochures, publications such as Rush News and Inside Health, social media posts and on the Rush campus monitors. Our videos are created for use in patient education, recruitment, people profiles and in a variety of other areas.

In tandem with the Marketing and Communications, the Rush Production Group collaborates with departments throughout the Medical Center and University to effectively visualize and execute the Rush brand.

For headshots, please call (312) 942-8278 to schedule an appointment.

If you have a request for a photo or a video, please download and complete the Questionnaire for Photo/Video Proposals in the Document Library on Inside Rush and email it to

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 and equipment, a fitness studio, cardio and strength training, stretching areas, lockers rooms and showers.

Group exercise classes and personal training are also offered. For questions, please call (312) 947-2348 or email

University Facilities

University Facilities, located on the seventh floor of the Armour Academic Center (Room 720), provides a variety of services to the patrons and users of the Armour Academic Center, including building maintenance and scheduling repairs. 

Additionally, University Facilities analyzes and allocates space, accommodates lab and classroom setup, oversees the Housekeeping group (DFS) and day-to-day classroom operations (3-CLAS). For questions, please email or call (312) 942-8631.