An inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning. It’s who we are. It’s the mission that drives everything we do.
As an Aurora University student, you’ll become part of a campus dedicated to a common goal: an education that will prepare you for success after graduation.
It means you’ll work with classmates and professors to analyze problems and find solutions.
It means you’ll leave Aurora University transformed into a difference maker. Ready to jump into a career. Ready to attend graduate school. Ready to build your life around what matters. \
A transformative learning experience
At AU you’ll explore your interests and passions through a comprehensive general education program and conversations with faculty and peers. Then you’ll build a foundation for successful careers and lives of meaning through academic majors focused on real-world situations and finding innovative solutions to today’s pressing problems.
Faculty members are both accessible teachers and distinguished scholars, sharing their experiences and knowledge in ways that have immediate application to your field of study.
Beyond the books
There’s always something to do at AU. You’ll choose from more than 60 student clubs, including professional, literary, religious, social, and service organizations. Whether singing in the University Chorale, performing in a theatre production, or volunteering at a local organization, you’ll enhance your classroom experiences with opportunities to pursue your passions and have fun.
Leadership development is also a hallmark of AU extracurricular experiences. You’ll gain the skills that will help you be successful in your future career by becoming a resident assistant (RA), peer mentor, Spartan intern, or LEAD program participant. Through the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, you can explore your core values and put your beliefs into action through service and awareness initiatives as well.
During May the University offers a three-week session during which you can take advantage of innovative on-campus courses and unique study abroad trips. AU’s Travel in May courses allow you to immerse yourself in another culture and prepare for global citizenship, all while earning academic credit. Recent trips have included Europe, Asia, and Central and South America. The University also offers semester- and year-long international exchange programs in Spain and Italy.
Preparation for success
AU prepares you for your future world of work or further education. Prior to starting AU, you’ll work with advisors in the Crouse Center for Student Success to chart a path to graduation and beyond. Our advisors will help you create a plan to stay on track to earning a degree, identify career interests, and find meaningful internships and volunteer experiences. The Crouse Center also offers graduate school workshops, job and internship fairs, and professional preparation events. Armed with a strong academic base and the support of knowledgeable advisors, you’ll be prepared to enter the real world after commencement.
An affordable education
Aurora University is committed to providing an affordable education. Year after year, tuition at AU remains one of the lowest of private colleges and universities in Illinois. More than 98% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid. Merit-based scholarships for incoming students are awarded based on high school or college GPA and ACT or SAT score (for first-year students). At AU, financial aid counselors will work with you and your family to ensure your goal of earning a degree becomes a reality.
AURORA UNIVERSITY SNAPSHOT
History: A four-year, private, nonprofit, independent university founded in 1893
Enrollment: 3,800 undergraduate students and 1,700 graduate students; coeducational
Location: 32-acre campus nestled in a residential neighborhood on the southwest side of Aurora, Illinois, the second-largest city in the state; a short 40-minute train ride to Chicago’s Loop
Faculty: 85% hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
Campus: 23 instructional, administrative, and residential buildings
Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees
Majors: More than 40 undergraduate programs. Add breadth to your major with one of more than 25 minors.
Student body: More than 25 states represented
Student-faculty ratio: 15:1
Average class size: 23
Financial aid: More than 98% of students receive financial aid. More than $23 million in scholarships were awarded in 2014–2015.
Athletics: NCAA Division III
• Baseball (M)
• Basketball (M, W)
• Bowling (W)
• Cross-country (M, W)
• Football (M)
• Golf (M, W)
• Hockey (M)
• Lacrosse (M, W)
• Soccer (M, W)
• Softball (W)
• Tennis (M, W)
• Track & field (M, W)
• Indoor & outdoor volleyball (W)
• Actuarial Science
• American Culture and Ethnic Studies (minor)
• Art History (minor)
• Athletic Training
• Bilingual/ESL (minor)
• Biotechnology (minor)
• Business Administration
- International Business (minor)
- Organizational Management (minor)
• Chemistry (minor)
• Coaching and Youth Sport Development
- Film Studies (minor)
- Graphic Design (minor)
- Multimedia Journalism (minor)
- Speech Communication (minor)
- Strategic Communication:
Public Relations and Advertising (minor)
• Computer Science
• Criminal Justice
- Homeland Security (minor)
• Disability Studies
• Elementary Education
• Creative Writing (minor)
• Exercise Science
• French (minor)
• Gender Studies (minor)
• Health Promotion (minor)
• Health Science
• International Studies (minor)
• Latin American and Latino/Studies (minor)
- Digital Marketing (minor)
- Integrated Marketing Communication (minor)
- Professional Selling (minor)
• Media Studies
• Museum Studies (minor)
• Physical Education
- K–12 Teaching
• Physiology (minor)
• Political Science
• Pre-law (minor)
• Secondary Education (supplemental major)
• School Health Education
• Servant Leadership (minor)
• Social Work
- Language and Literature
- Latin American and Latino/a Studies (minor)
• Speech Pathology
Sciences and Disorders)
• Special Education
• Sport Management (minor)
• Statistics (minor)