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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.




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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!


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…

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…
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.



CityAge - Build the Future

AUC is a sponsor of this one day conference exploring the major infrastructure/ planning/ economic issues facing the City.


When: Thursday, October 24, 2019

Where: Union League Club


Science Career Fair and Symposium

Presented by America's Urban Campus  in partnership with other sponsors.

When: Thursday, October 29, 2019, from 1pm- 4pm

Where: University of Illinois Chicago, Student Center East, Illinois Room