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Rush University Overview

Rush University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Chicago, Illinois. The city atmosphere of Chicago makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

What Is Rush University Known For?

43 Undergraduate Awards
  • Rush University has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 5 to 1.
  • The 0% student loan default rate at Rush University is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Rush University.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 74% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Rush University makes roughly $85,900 a year. This is 111% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Rush University Rankings

According to our 2021 analysis, Rush University is ranked #272 out of 2,320 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 15% of all schools in the nation. Rush University also holds the #10 spot on the Best Colleges in Illinois ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Rush University has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#20 Most Popular Online Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#166 Most Popular Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Rush University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#2 Best Nutrition Science Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Nursing Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Allied Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Health Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#27 Best Health Sciences & Services Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#45 Best Health & Medical Administrative Services Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#56 Most Popular Health Professions Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Rush University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Highest Paid Allied Health Professions Graduates College Factual
#15 Best Healthcare Bachelor’s Degree Schools Healthcare Degree Search
#76 Highest Paid Health Professions Graduates College Factual

Where Is Rush University?

Location of Rush University

Contact details for Rush University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 600 S. Paulina St. Ste 440, Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: 312-942-7100

How Do I Get Into Rush University?

You can apply to Rush University online at:

Can I Afford Rush University?

0.3% Loan Default Rate

The student loan default rate at Rush University is 0.3%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Rush University Undergraduate Student Diversity

66 Full-Time Undergraduates
70% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 112 undergraduate students at Rush University, with 66 being full-time and 46 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Rush University

There are also 2,643 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 66 full-time undergraduates at Rush University, 30% are male and 70% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Rush University

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Rush University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Rush University Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 2
Black or African American 11
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 21
International Students 1
Other Races/Ethnicities 10

Over 19 countries are represented at Rush University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Saudi Arabia, Libya, and China.

Online Learning at Rush University

565 Took All Classes Online
1,471 Took At Least One Class Online
-5.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 1,471 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Rush University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 30th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Rush University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Rush University was -5.7%. This is the #2,493 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Rush University regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Rush University majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 45%
Health Professions 14%
Nursing 18%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Rush University ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Rush University.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science #40
Health & Medical Administrative Services #399

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Rush University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 14 168 199 381
Medicine 0 0 0 127 127
Allied Health Professions 34 0 70 0 104
Communication Sciences 0 0 32 13 45
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 36 0 36
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 34 0 34
Biotechnology 0 0 33 0 33
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 17 16 0 33
Medical Science 0 0 23 0 23
Nutrition Science 0 0 16 0 16
Health Sciences & Services 9 0 0 0 9
Biological & Biomedical Sciences (Other) 0 0 7 0 7
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 0 2 2
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 0 0 2 2
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 0 0 2 2
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 2 2
Other Health Professions 0 0 0 2 2
Microbiological Sciences & Immunology 0 0 0 1 1
Pharmacology & Toxicology 0 0 0 0 0
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 43 31 435 350 859


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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