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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 21 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!

February 18--Nearly 30 Illinois Universities urge Congress to act on visa problems of international students

The presidents of nearly 30 public and private universities across Illinois, including many America's Urban Campus institutions,  signed a joint letter today enumerating the many problems facing international students, faculty and staff of their institutions when trying to come to or return to their universities.

February 12--Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot announce $500 million Commitment to build Discovery Partners Institute at the "78".

Governor J.B. Pritzker announced today that the State of Illinois is releasing $500 million in state capital funds to support the Discovery Partners Institute and other buildings for the Illinois Innovation Network across the state.  Mayor Lori Lightfoot welcomed the huge development that will anchor the "78", a new mega-development just south of Roosevelt Road on Chicago's South Side.  DPI is led by the University of Illinois system and will bring faculty and students from Urbana-Champaign for study and research in the city.  

February 5--Test scores don't match up to GPA in predicting college success

The UChicago Consortium released a study this week underscoring the gap in predicting college success between standardized tests and high school GPA.  This issue is becoming a focal point of the debate over equity in college admissions and more and more universities are considering dropping test scores as a requirement for admission.

January 28--Northwestern scientists seeking vaccine for Coronavirus

Racing against time, and the virulent outbreak of the Coronavirus in China, a team of Northwestern scientists are working to find a vaccine for the highly contagious bug, CBS reported.

January 22- Kaplan Institute at Illinois Tech wins prestigious American Institute of Architects Award

The Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship on the Campus of Illinois Institute of Technology was announced today as one of 8 2020 National Architecture winners world-wide.  Only three of the winners were in the United States.  Designed by Chicago Architect and Illinois Tech faculty member, John Ronan, the Kaplan Institute is home to the university's Institute of Design, its innovative Interprofessional Projects program for undergraduates and the home for innovation education across the university.