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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 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!

August 11, 2020--Here's how Chicago colleges are preparing for the school year

A look into how each Chicago college and university is preparing for the upcoming Fall 2020 academic term. 

July 29, 2020-- Northwestern Donates $1 Million to Evanston Social Justice Efforts, $500,000 in grants to Evanston and Chicago

Northwestern University has pledged to donate $1 million to the city of Evanston for the advancement of racial equality and social justice, as well as another $500,000 in grants to Evanston and Chicago for the promotion of partnerships between community groups and the university students, faculty, and staff.

July 14, 2020--City Colleges will wipe out debt for returning students

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has teamed up with Chicago's City Colleges for a program that will allow any students from the past decade to return and complete their degrees and certifications while also wiping out their debt. 

July 14, 2020--Trump Administration Rescinds rule on foreign students

The Trump Administration has rescinded it's ruling mandating that international students must take in-person classes. 

July 14, 2020--How Illinois Colleges & Universities are preparing for Fall Reopening

Chicago Sun-Times reports on how different colleges and universities throughout Illinois are preparing to reopen in Fall 2020.