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    Students wanting to experience Chicago as an urban laboratory.

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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!

April 20, 2021: Chicago State hosts Mayor Lightfoot touting vaccinations at its city-run site

Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited Chicago State University's public vaccination center to hold a media briefing thanking CSU for hosting the site and urging Chicago's Black Community to take advantage and get vaccinated. CSU's president Z. Scott welcomed her

February 10--UIC opens community vaccination site at First Credit Arena, leads in city vaccinations

University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled its community vaccination site on February 1, 2021, at its First Credit Arena, vaccinating 1500 phase 1a and 1b qualified individuals its first day.

January 28: University of Chicago Announces a record-breaking $75 million gift

The University of Chicago announced a $75 million gift from James and Paula Crown to the School of Social Service Administration, renaming the school and breaking the record for a grant to a social work program.

January 12, 2021: Northwestern Researchers develop drug to treat COVID-related pneumonia

The Chicago Sun-Times reported today that Northwestern scientists have come up with a drug with the potential to treat the severe pneumonia associated with COVID-19.  In an article Published In Nature, the scientists said this could be important both from those suffering in the current pandemic but also as a treatment for future virus-related disease.


January 11, 2021: UChicago scientists create first usable model of coronavirus

Crain's Chicago Business reporter John Pletz wrote that chemists from the University of Chicago have produced the first usable model of the COVID-19 virus.  This model can be used to further understand the complexity of the virus and help with further steps to ameliorate the impact of the virus on society.