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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!

America's Urban Campus Institutions Contribute to Growth in STEM Graduates in Illinois

The Illinois Science and Technology Coalition released its 2019 study of STEM and Computer Science Talent graduates in Illinois this week.  AUC institutions contribute to the strength of Illinois STEM workforce that is attracting more and more tech companies, and helping existing companies grow.  A new record was set with 24,555 STEM degrees awarded statewide in 2018, and continued strength in computer science grads, with Illinois ranking second in the nation. 

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.