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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 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!

October 21, 2020--How College Freshman Are Coping Amid COVID-19

College freshmen discuss how they're making new friends and trying to enjoy college while still doing online learning. 

October 14, 2020--New College Grads Struggle To Start Their Careers In The COVID-19 Pandemic

Recent college graduates from UIC, Chicago State University, and DePaul University discuss the difficulties of beginning your career in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

October 1, 2020--Two AUC Institutions Ranked As Top Schools For Start-up Founders

Pitchbook Data has listed Northwestern University, and the University of Chicago, along with the University of Illinois, within the Top 10 undergraduate and MBA programs for start-up founders. 

September 29, 2020--Columbia College Chicago Alums Win Big At The 2020 Emmy Award Show

Eleven Columbia College alums were nominated for Emmy's for their work in television, with three of them, Aidy Bryant ’09, Nick Shinners '18, and Tiffany S. Griffith '92, winning the award for their respective categories. 

September 22, 2020--UIC College of Medicine Opens New $8.8M Training Lab

The UIC College of Medicine has opened its new $8.8M, 17,000-square-foot, Surgical Innovation & Training Laboratory (SITL).