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April 20, 2021: Chicago State hosts Mayor Lightfoot touting vaccinations at its city-run site

Mayor Lori Lightfoot visited Chicago State University's public vaccination center to hold a media briefing thanking CSU for hosting the site and urging Chicago's Black Community to take advantage and get vaccinated. CSU's president Z. Scott welcomed her

February 10--UIC opens community vaccination site at First Credit Arena, leads in city vaccinations

University of Illinois at Chicago unveiled its community vaccination site on February 1, 2021, at its First Credit Arena, vaccinating 1500 phase 1a and 1b qualified individuals its first day.

January 28: University of Chicago Announces a record-breaking $75 million gift

The University of Chicago announced a $75 million gift from James and Paula Crown to the School of Social Service Administration, renaming the school and breaking the record for a grant to a social work program.

January 12, 2021: Northwestern Researchers develop drug to treat COVID-related pneumonia

The Chicago Sun-Times reported today that Northwestern scientists have come up with a drug with the potential to treat the severe pneumonia associated with COVID-19.  In an article Published In Nature, the scientists said this could be important both from those suffering in the current pandemic but also as a treatment for future virus-related disease.


January 11, 2021: UChicago scientists create first usable model of coronavirus

Crain's Chicago Business reporter John Pletz wrote that chemists from the University of Chicago have produced the first usable model of the COVID-19 virus.  This model can be used to further understand the complexity of the virus and help with further steps to ameliorate the impact of the virus on society. 

December 3, 2020--Northwestern university Unveils New COVID-19 Dashboard

A Northwestern University-based research team has unveiled an online COVID-19 data dashboard that aims to show more quickly where infections are surging in states and across the world.

November 30, 2020--UIC To Establish Program For Students With Intellectual Disabilities

The University of Illinois at Chicago announced a $2.5 million grant to develop an accredited program aimed at preparing people with intellectual disabilities for employment opportunities. 

November 6, 2020--Class of 2024 Shares What Brought Them To Chicago For Higher Education

First-year students at The University of Chicago share why they chose the university, and the city, as the place to continue their education. 

November 2, 2020--University of Chicago to begin studying new COVID-19 Vaccine

Researchers at The University of Chicago have begun studying a new vaccine for COVID-19. The study is set to include around 60,000 volunteers from all races, ethnicities, and ages with a goal of 60% minority representation. 

October 29, 2020--Northwestern and Loyola Announce Their Winter Re-Opening Plans

Northwestern University and Loyola University Chicago have announced that they plan to increase the amount of in-person classes and students living on campus in the winter. 

October 23, 2020--Virtual Internships Are Changing The Way Chicago Companies Recruit

After a successful summer of virtual internships, many Chicago companies are changing how they go about recruiting student talent. 

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). 

September 14, 2020-- Columbia College Chicago Fashion Studies Faculty Discuss Education During COVID-19

Three faculty members from Columbia College Chicago's Fashion Studies department discuss the recent changes in higher education, what it's like teaching during a pandemic, and how they're closing the gap between fashion and technology. 

September 10, 2020--DePaul Classes Start With Strict Coronavirus Restrictions

DePaul University has begun classes, but the campus is as empty as ever with classes being taught remotely and strict COVID-19 restrictions being put in place. 

September 9, 2020--UIC Sets Enrollment Record for Sixth Consecutive Year

The University of Illinois Chicago has set the record for its largest enrollment once again, with over 33,518 students enrolling this fall. 

September 4, 2020--UChicago Receives A Surprise Donation For COVID-19 Research

An 11-year-old boy, Noah Polansky, raised and donated $250 to the Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering for COVID-19 Research, Noah raised the money by baking cookies and selling them around his neighborhood. 


Students at DePaul University were given the opportunity to meet with industry experts in festival planning as a part of a summer Lollapalooza course. 

September 2, 2020--Illinois Tech receives $2.5M grant for implant that could help the blind

Researchers at Illinois Tech have received a $2.5M grant from the National Institutes of Health for the continued research and development of a brain implant that could help people experiencing blindness see. 

August 18, 2020--No one feels more uncertainty about fall semester than this years freshman class

Incoming freshmen speak on what they're nervous about when it comes to starting college during a pandemic, such as returning for in-person lectures, adjusting to online learning, or being able to make friends remotely. 

August 14, 2020--UChicago launches new online database for covid research

The University of Chicago has launched a new online database that will collect CT scans and X-rays of COVID-19 patients. These images will be freely available for researchers all around the world to use to better understand the disease. 

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. 

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. 

May 14, 2020--Roosevelt U. offers tuition grants to struggling students

Roosevelt offers new tuition grant for students who are struggling financially due to the pandemic. 

May 5, 2020--Researchers at Northwestern create COVID monitoring device

Researchers at Northwestern have developed a wearable device for patients recovering at home that monitors their recovery process and symptoms. 

April 28, 2020--Chicago is Uniting for The Greater Good--Forbes

Pete Wilkins, a key member of Chicago's innovation community, comments on the ways Chicago's universities are stepping up to address the many issues raised by the COVID-19 pandemic

April 21--University of Chicago awards $680 K in grants to 182 South Side small businesses

As a part of its response to the economic damage to its surrounding South Side neighborhoods, the University of Chicago announced today that it has made emergency grants to small businesses affected by the pandemic. 

April 16, 2020--Illinois Tech joins other Chicago and Illinois Universities in producing testing materials for COVID-19

Illinois Tech announced today it is re-opening laboratories to assist the state in making the chemical materials critical to the processing of tests for COVID-19.  Other universities across the state are also helping with production of various components of the testing kits. 

April 14, 2020--University of Chicago ecologists helping the state with predictive modelling of the COVID-19 pandemic

Faculty from the University of Chicago's Ecology and Environment Center are working, along with faculty from other Illinois universities, to help the state understand what it is facing as it begins to think about re-opening the economy in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10,2020--UIC Medical Students Graduate Early to join the fight on Coronavirus

The University of Illinois at Chicago's medical school announced today that 190 medical students, 3/4 of the class of 2020, have chosen to graduate early so they can take up their residencies in support of the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 7, 2020--City Colleges' tech investments pay off in supporting students during COVID-19 CRISIS.

The City Colleges of Chicago, like most other higher education institutions have had to move their courses online to meet the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic.  This has affected their students in many ways. But importantly, investments by the system in technology infrastructure to permit distance learning, has made for a smooth transition over the past few weeks. 

April 4, 2020--NEIU launches job-site to support students and families laid off by coronavirus crisis

In response to the job crisis facing many of its students, NEIU developed and posted a site listing a variety of organizations hiring in response to the crisis.  Many students need these jobs to be able to continue attending classes and lost them when restaurants and other service companies shut down... 

April 1, 2020--Student journalists and employees comment on coronavirus impact on their lives

Across higher education in Chicago, student journalists are finding out about the complexities of navigating their work to produce student newspapers, study remotely and just get through the day amidst the coronavirus crisis.

March 28, 2020--University of Chicago Announces Programs to Support South Side during COVID-19 Crisis

Today the University of Chicago announced a series of initiatives to directly assist the citizens, small businesses and non-profits of its nine neighboring South Side Communities 

March 24, 2020--Northwestern Researchers Awarded NSF Grant for Self-Sanitizing Face Mask

Northwestern University announced that a research team headed by Prof. Jiaxing Huang of the McCormick School of Engineering has been awarded a National Science Foundation RAPID grant to further develop a self-sanitizing face mask--a critical need in light of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. 

February 24-UIC receives NSF grant to increase number of minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs

The University of Illinois at Chicago has received a three-year, $497,799 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the number of underrepresented minority Ph.D. graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

The grant will help create a new multidisciplinary educational program of self-advocacy at UIC to help students from underrepresented minority groups achieve success in the STEM fields.

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. 

January 16--University of Illinois Medical School announces tuition reduction for 2020-2021

The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted this week to reduce tuition at its Chicago-based medical school for both in-state and out-of state students--2.1% for in-state and 16% for out-of-state.

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 

Mayor Lori Lightfoot meets with AUC Presidents and Provosts

On October 30, Mayor Lightfoot sat down with the leaders of the 21 AUC universities and colleges to discuss her ideas for partnerships to address the city's most pressing issues.  the luncheon meeting was hosted by Dr. Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University. Mayor Lightfoot's three challenges to higher education centered on equity, universities' role as anchor institutions and collaborative research on city issues. 

Illinois Tech receives $150 million, largest combined gift in university history---to power next generation of tech savvy graduates. -October 25, 2019

Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago’s tech university and an America’s Urban Campus Member, announced Thursday receipt of a gift if $150 million from three business leaders, Mike Galvin, Craig Duchossois, and John Rowe, and their spouses. This funding will underpin scholarships and student focused facilities to educate Illinois Tech students for the ever changing digital world of tomorrow and help Chicago fuel its growing tech industries.


Northwestern trustee and alumnus Jeff Ubben ’87 MBA and his wife, Laurie, of San Francisco, have made an estate commitment of $50 million to support scholarships for undergraduate, graduate and professional school students


This fall, the University of Illinois at Chicago celebrates the opening of three health care simulation centers. The facilities, which are run individually by the university’s College of Medicine, College of Nursing and College of Pharmacy, use specially trained actors, advanced and computerized manikins of all ages, and simulated environments to help students and health care professionals practice clinical skills, communication and decision-making skills, and get hands-on training in medical diagnosis, treatment and care.

College graduates are transforming Chicago. The danger is that it won’t come fast enough. - Aug 23, 2019

To understand one of the principal forces remaking Chicago, take a walk from Wrigley Field south on Clark Street, then turn down Sheffield Avenue. On just about every block, it seems, there’s a bar decked out with a Big Ten banner. Northwestern. Indiana. Wisconsin. Michigan State. Maryland.

Students rave about UIC’s new $100 million dorm - Aug 21, 2019

Anthony Abrams opened the door and grinned – much like the subject of a home makeover show who has just seen his ramshackle abode transformed into a palace. “Oh my God, this looks like a hotel,” said Abrams, 18.

ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza 2019 a Success! - Aug 20, 2019
ChicagoNEXT of World Business Chicago, Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, the University of Illinois System, and Lollapalooza are proud to share the 2019 ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza program was a success!
Announcing UIC John Marshall Law School - August 19, 2019
Today marks a historic moment at the University of Illinois at Chicago as we proudly announce the establishment of the UIC John Marshall Law School. As UIC’s 16th college, the law school will further UIC’s mission and commitment to public education, scholarship, research and community service. It also advances UIC as a world-class university and creates an opportunity to increase the diversity in the legal profession in Chicago and beyond.
Illinois Tech Launches One of the 1st Undergrad Degrees in AI

Students at the Illinois Institute of Technology will soon be able to pursue a degree in artificial intelligence, making the school one of the first in the country to offer a degree solely focused on AI.

Military veterans aren’t traditional students, but local colleges aim to ease the transition: ‘It is a culture shock when you get out’

When DePaul University student Mike Baumann talks with his classmates, hearing what stresses them out, he thinks to himself, “Wait until you’re older.” Because of his age, Baumann, 32, feels out of place around other students in his undergraduate business classes. But there’s another reason his perspective differs — he’s a veteran.