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    America's Urban Campus

    Students wanting to experience Chicago as an urban laboratory.

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    Faculty seeking innovative teaching and research opportunities.

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About Us

At America’s Urban Campus, our mission is to enhance the image of Chicago as a global destination for higher education and to improve the lives of its citizens by drawing on the collective strengths of its member institutions. Chicago’s not-for-profit colleges and universities, representing over 210,000 students, first came together in 2011 and formally established America’s Urban Campus (AUC) in 2016 to collaborate on a range of initiatives and investigate the economic, educational and cultural impact of Chicago's higher education institutions. Chicago benefits from having one of the highest concentrations of universities and students in the U.S., providing a continuously renewed stream of talent for the region’s economy.​ ​READ MORE >>>

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Who We Are

A group of 20 of Chicago’s not-for-profit higher education institutions, representing over 210,000 students, has formed America’s Urban Campus (AUC) to collaborate on branding the city for higher education, building the talent pipeline, and supporting our communities.



America’s Urban Campus is led by the presidents and provosts of its members, who meet annually to set broad policy and discuss issues with Chicago’s leadership. The Board of Directors consists of a representative from each institution, sets policy, reviews programs and oversees the work of the Executive Director and the committees. AUC leadership are pictured here in their 2019 Annual Meeting with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, hosted by Northwestern's President, Dr. Morton Schapiro.





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What We Do...Reports

$3.3 Billion in new Facilities construction 2014-2019

Reports on our economic, social and cultural contributions to the city.

Snapshot of all the university programs supporting our neighborhoods.

NEWS from our Member Institutions

Our AUC institutions are working hard to elevate Chicago as a global higher education destination, promote innovation and support students. See what they’ve been up to by checking out the headlines below!

September 14, 2020-- Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies Faculty Discuss Education During COVID-19

Three faculty members from Columbia College Chicago's Fashion Studies department discuss the recent changes in higher education, what it's like teaching during a pandemic, and how they're closing the gap between fashion and technology. 

September 10, 2020--DePaul Classes Start With Strict Coronavirus Restrictions

DePaul University has begun classes, but the campus is as empty as ever with classes being taught remotely and strict COVID-19 restrictions being put in place. 

September 9, 2020--UIC Sets Enrollment Record for Sixth Consecutive Year

The University of Illinois Chicago has set the record for its largest enrollment once again, with over 33,518 students enrolling this fall. 

September 4, 2020--UChicago Receives A Surprise Donation For COVID-19 Research

An 11-year-old boy, Noah Polansky, raised and donated $250 to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering for COVID-19 Research, Noah raised the money by baking cookies and selling them around his neighborhood. 


Students at DePaul University were given the opportunity to meet with industry experts in festival planning as a part of a summer Lollapalooza course.