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Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

A spirit of inquiry, diligence, and academic excellence characterized our university’s namesake, Dr. Rosalind Franklin, who in 1952 captured the photograph revealing the structure of DNA. Today, those same traits drive our faculty and 2,000+ students as they engage in a level of rigorous academics and innovative community service that continues to shape the future of healthcare.



More than 100 years ago, three Chicagoans came together around a common vision: creating a medical school that would help open the profession to more people, including women, African Americans, and the working class. The Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine (later the Chicago Medical School) opened its doors in 1912.


Formed in 1912 as the Chicago Hospital-College of Medicine, today RFU brings together five colleges and over 30 graduate health profession and science programs. The range of disciplines being taught on a single campus allows for team-based, interdisciplinary learning and practice opportunities—an approach that has made RFU a national leader in Interprofessional medical and healthcare education and research.  


It should be no surprise that an institution named after Dr. Rosalind Franklin, one of the 20th Century’s most brilliant researchers, continues to attract and retain some of the world’s best and brightest scientists. Our 40+ researchers and their labs, working in 12 major research areas, are heavily funded by the National Institutes of Health.


We foster and sustain a community of excellence by committing to strategic leadership and legendary service. Our goal is to attract, recruit and retain a quality university workforce that reflects the rich diversity of our changing environment.  

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

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Student services

Academic and Faculty Affairs - We aim to provide the processes and support systems at the University level that will enhance and facilitate student learning and development and allow students to succeed in a collegial and dynamic academic environment.

Housing services

Local accommodations: A range of hotels, as well as restaurants and other attractions, are available near our campus.  

Library services

The Boxer Library print and electronic collections provide online and on-campus access to many leading biomedical journals, textbooks, eBooks, and major medical information databases. Library services include reference assistance, interlibrary loan, and information literacy instruction.

ICT services

Educational Technology assists in developing course materials and integrating technology into learning activities incorporating current learning theories. You’ll also find a presentation practice room, so you can make sure you are ready to wow your classmates next time it’s your turn to share your knowledge. 

Medical services

All full-time students at RFU are required to be actively enrolled in a health insurance plan comparable to the plan offered by the University. The University offers a health plan for all active students through AHP/BCBS. Additional coverage for qualified dependents is also available on the website.

Student Life

Campus life

Our campus has been intentionally designed to support the values of the University and the needs of our students, from academic rigor and inquiry to holistic wellness and our commitment to cultivating a diverse, engaged sense of community. 

With 97 acres and 1,288,241 square feet of facilities, the campus is big enough to provide space for our many programs, labs, and activities (with room to grow!), yet small enough to feel comfortably like home.

Sports facilities

RFU's fitness center is designed to help students and faculty reach their goals of physical wellness. Not only does the fitness center feature a variety of cardio machines, free weights and lifting equipment, there are numerous options available for everyone, from a punching bag and aerobic equipment to empty floor space for floor work. Two walls of the gym are covered with mirrors, and scales available for your use.

Student clubs

American Association of Women Podiatrists' purpose is to further the art and science of podiatric medicine; to promote interests common to women podiatrists and the public; to aid and encourage women, pre-podiatry, podiatry, and post graduate podiatry students in the study, practice, and advancement of the profession through education and research; and to make more visible the talents, training, work, and efforts of women podiatrists.


All degree and certificate programs are approved by the Illinois Board of Higher Education and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

North Chicago, Illinois, United States