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Chicago Is...
America's Urban Campus

Students wanting to experience Chicago as an urban laboratory.

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Chicago Is...
America's Urban Campus

Faculty seeking innovative teaching and research opportunities.

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Chicago Is...
America's Urban Campus

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Chicago Is...
America's Urban Campus

Faculty seeking innovative teaching and research opportunities.

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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.​ ​

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Who We Are

A group of 20 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. Click here for a map of college locations.
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Leadership

America’s Urban Campus is led by the presidents and provosts of its members, who meet periodically 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. Career Services Directors meet together to help build Chicago’s talent pipeline. AUC leadership is 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...Impact

What We Do...Reports

$3.3 Billion in new Facilities construction 2014-2019
Reports on our economic, social and cultural contributions to the city.
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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!

MAY 5: LOYOLA NURSING RECEIVES $4MIL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENTS
The Sisters of Resurrection gifted $4M to Loyola Nursing to support scholarships for underrepresented students pursuing Nursing Bachelors degrees.
MAY 3: VARIETY LISTS DEPAUL, COLUMBIA, NORTHWESTERN AS TOP 30 NA FILM SCHOOLS
Variety listed DePaul University, Columbia College Chicago and Northwestern University as 3 of the top 30 film schools in North America.
MAY 2, 2022: UCHICAGO RECEIVES $350,000 MAPPING GRANT
UChicago Library receives ~$350,000 grant to digitize Chicago maps through their proposal "Mapping Chicagoland"