Fast Facts

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Rush University facts

Rush University students and alumni

  • Total enrollment (Fall 2020): 2,816
  • Doctoral: 1,737
  • Graduate: 884
  • Undergraduate: 104
  • Certificates: 35
  • Female: 76 percent
  • Male: 24 percent
  • Average age: 29
  • Number of residents and fellows: 779
  • Number of living alumni (colleges and graduate medical education): 39,495

Rush University academics

  • Bachelor’s programs: 3
  • Master’s programs: 13
  • PhD programs: 3
  • Professional doctorate programs: 4
  • Certificate programs: 4

Points of distinction

  • The 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey ranked eight programs in the College of Nursing and one in the College of Health Sciences among the top ten in the country.
    • The College of Nursing is ranked second nationwide in three programs: Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Acute Care), Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (Primary Care) and Nursing Leadership.
    • The College of Health Sciences’ Audiology doctorate program, ranked at #8, has been in the top 10 each year since the program’s first ranking in 2008.
  • The College of Nursing is ranked first nationally for graduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs.
  • According to the U.S. Department of Education, Rush University leads Illinois universities in undergraduate students’ post-graduation earnings, with an average annual salary of $74,000.
  • Rush University Medical Center received more than $94 million in total research awards in 2019.
  • At Rush Medical College in 1847, David Jones Peck, MD, became the first African-American man to receive a doctor of medicine degree from an American medical school. Today, we continue to foster a culture of inclusion in our classrooms, in health care settings and in the laboratory.

View a summary of the last three years in our Rush University Report 2019-2021.