MOON TOWNSHIP – The Robert Morris University location in Moon Township is one of the most unique locations in the Pittsburgh area.
The campus is a rural setting close to the city and differs from others in the region by its quiet lifestyle next to a big city. Bobby Mo didn’t do this by accident, as a trip back in time will show her desire for a quiet campus.
The 1960s would be a huge decade for Robert Morris as their expansion west would give them the land that became the campus of Moon Township. The land would be obtained from Oliver Kaufmann, the owner of the legendary Kaufmann department store in downtown Pittsburgh.
“The Kaufmanns were the department store family and owned this big farm in Moon Township,” said Dr. John Locke, director of student activities and leadership development at Robert Morris University. “Mr. Kaufmann sold his farm to Robert Morris Junior College in downtown Pittsburgh. They wanted to open a west campus.”
The Franklin Center, located in the middle of the campus, was to be the first building to be constructed on this newly acquired property. Soon after, three dormitories would follow for people to live in while they study.
Later that decade, the state would finally allow the RMU to award associate degrees. In 1969, Robert Morris Junior College became Robert Morris College, as it offered Bachelor degrees in business administration.
There is so much history to tell during this year. Stay with RMU Sentry Media as we continue to guide you through this beloved school’s journey.