Fast Facts

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Rush University prepares students to become leaders in health care. Through community service, research and diversity initiatives, our students are committed to the communities they serve. Learn more about Rush University and what we have to offer.

Rush University facts

Rush University students and alumni

  • Total enrollment (Fall 2018): 2,708
  • Doctoral: 1,620
  • Graduate: 854
  • Undergraduate: 120
  • Certificates: 31
  • Female: 74 percent
  • Male: 26 percent
  • Average age: 29
  • Countries represented: 12
  • Number of residents and fellows (2018): 733
  • Number of living alumni (2018): 16,783

Rush University academics

  • Bachelor’s programs: 3
  • Master’s programs: 14
  • PhD programs: 3
  • Professional doctorate programs: 17
  • Certificate programs: 4

Points of distinction

  • The 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Graduate Schools” survey ranked eight programs in the College of Nursing — including four at No. 1 — and one in the College of Health Sciences among the top five in the country.
  • The College of Nursing is ranked fourth in the Doctor of Nursing Practice category and 18th in the Master’s category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 graduate school rankings.
  • The College of Nursing is ranked 14th for graduate nursing programs in U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Online Programs.
  • Rush University was named one of the world’s top young universities (those under 50 years old or less). It ranked No. 22 out of 150 schools in the world on the Times Higher Education supplement’s 2016 list and No. 1 among its peers in the U.S.
  • 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 $102 million in total research awards in 2017.
  • 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.
  • In 2015, Rush University students and faculty performed more than 8,000 hours of community service through the Rush Community Service Initiatives Program.