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RMU Launches New Downtown Program, Plans for Satellite Campuses

The university is launching a new degree program in downtown Pittsburgh.

The Moon-based is launching a program based at a facility in downtown Pittsburgh as well as several regional satellite campuses, according to a university spokesman. 

In the fall, RMU will open a "RMU Downtown," located at Heinz 57 Center on Sixth Avenue. 

The program will offer bachelor's and master's degrees for part-time students. RMU's new Bayer Center for Non-Profit Management, which is now located at the Regional Enterprise Tower, at 600 Sixth Avenue, will be moved to Heinz 57 Center. 

Six degree programs and two certificates will be offered at RMU Downtown, according to the university. 

Plans are also underway to offer degree programs at locations in Southepointe in Washington County and Monroeville, said RMU spokesman Jonathan Potts in a statement. Three degree programs will be offered this fall through RMU Cranberry at the Regional Learning Alliance

More than 5,000 graduate and undergraduate students are enrolled the university. RMU was founded downtown in 1921, but first purchased property for its main, Moon Township campus in 1964.

The university announced plans in recent months to sell its Fifth Avenue building, which was its only remaining classroom facility in downtown Pittsburgh. 

RMU, which in the past operated as a primarily commuter university, is in the midst of an at its township campus.

Campus officials said work will soon begin on a for health and science majors. In the fall, it will open the renovated Wayne Center to house its School of Communications and Information Systems. The six-story  dormitory opened last fall. 

Citing record growth in its student enrollment, the university in 2011 the on University Boulevard to use for

The new program in downtown Pittsburgh will be focused on non-traditional students. 

“Robert Morris has long been a leader in educating non-traditional students because we offer flexible degree programs that allow them to advance in their careers,” said RMU president Gregory Dell’Omo in a statement. “We promised to remain a presence in downtown Pittsburgh, and now we're making good on that promise.”

What do you think of RMU's plans for expansion, both at its Moon campus and in the Pittsburgh region? Tell us in the comments. 

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