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    America's Urban Campus

    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!

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.