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    America's Urban Campus

    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 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!

June 30, 2020--UChicago recieves a grant for the development of a new COVID-19 test

The University of Chicago has received an $80,000 grant for the development of a handheld COVID-19 test that could deliver results in just five minutes for only $10 per test. 

June 26, 2020--Chicago State University Offers Free Tuition for Incoming Freshman

Chicago Tribune Reports: Chicago State University is offering free tuition, textbooks, and covering fees for freshmen who complete a five-week summer program. 

June 16, 2020--America's Urban Campus Launches The Chicago Campus Voting Challenge

America's Urban Campus teams up with Campus Compact Illinois and the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge to create the Chicago and Illinois Campus Voting Challenges

June 12, 2020--Chicago State University launches new program to help close wealth gap in Illinois

Chicago Sun-Times reports: CSU has launched new academic and scholarship programs to help close the Black and Latinx wealth gap in Illinois. 

May 27, 2020--ABC reports on CSU's support for students during the COVID crisis

ABC 7 News reports:  Chicago State University provides financial aid and computers for students in need.