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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.

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Leadership

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!

Jan 14,2020: Rush’s College of Nursing Vaults to No. 1 in U.S. News’ Online Program Rankings

Rush University College of Nursing rose to the No. 1 spot among 183 schools eligible for the graduate nursing programs category in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best Online Programs list released today.

Roosevelt Professor wins NSF grant to study STEM learning at Chicago Children' Museum

A Roosevelt University psychology professor and her colleagues have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study learning among kids visiting a science exhibit at Chicago Children’s Museum. Now in her second year at Roosevelt, Assistant Professor of Psychology Mia Marcus and fellow researchers from Loyola and Northwestern Universities see family visits to museums as opportunities for both playtime and learning.

DePaul's Esports teams sweep Big East Tournaments

After two seasons of close losses in the BIG EAST playoffs, the DePaul League of Legends and Rocket League esports squads came through victorious this past fall, with thrilling victories over their fellow BIG EAST foes in a pair of tournaments.

UIC earns national awards for student voter engagement

Empowering students to form the habits of active and informed citizenship is a key part of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s mission.  UIC’s efforts in this area were recognized Tuesday when the university was among a select group of higher education institutions, educators and students to be honored by the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for excellence in student voter engagement.

Northwestern' s Pinkard Receives Grant to Reduce Computer Science Deserts

Northwestern University professor Nichole Pinkard received a CME Group Foundation grant to expand her work increasing access to computer science for K-12 students who live in underserved areas of Chicago