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Undergrad Profile

Discover what matters. And build your life around it.

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 AU student, you’ll become a 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. 

Atransformative 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 a successful career and life 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 50 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.

Expanding perspectives
During the University’s May Travel, a three-week session at the end of the spring semester, you can take advantage of innovative on-campus courses and unique study abroad trips. The courses allow you to immerse yourself in another culture and prepare for the global world, 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 earn 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 scores (for first-year students). At AU financial aid counselors will work with you and your family to ensure that your goal of earning a degree becomes a reality.



History: A four-year, private, nonprofit, independent university founded in 1893

Enrollment: 3,800 undergraduate students and 2,400 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 PhD or the highest degree in their field.

Campus: 23 instructional, administrative, and residential buildings

Degrees: Bachelor’s, master’s, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Social Work degrees

Majors: More than 40 undergraduate degree programs; master’s degrees in Applied Behavior Analysis, Business, Education, Mathematics, Nursing, Science, and Social Work

Student body: More than 42 states represented

Student-faculty ratio: 17:1

Average class size: 23

Financial aid: More than 98% of students receive financial aid. More than $26 million in scholarships were awarded in 2015–2016.

Athletics: 24 NCAA Division III teams
Baseball (M)
Basketball (M, W)
Bowling (W)
Cross-Country (M, W)
Football (M)
Golf (M, W)
Hockey (M, W)
Lacrosse (M, W)
Soccer (M, W)
Softball (W)
Tennis (M, W)
Track & Field (M, W), Indoor and Outdoor
Volleyball (M, W)


• Accounting (BA, BS)
• Actuarial Science (BS)
• American Culture and Ethnic Studies (minor)
• Art (BA)
• Art History (minor)
• Athletic Training (BS)
• Bilingual/ESL (minor)
• Biology (BS)
• Biotechnology (minor)
• Black Studies (minor)
• Chemistry (minor)
• Communication (BA)
- Film Studies (minor)
- Graphic Design (minor)
- Multimedia Journalism (minor)
- Speech Communication (minor)
- Strategic
  Communication (minor)

• Computer Science (BS)
• Criminal Justice (BA)
• Disability Studies (BA)
• Early Childhood Special Education with Bilingual/ESL (BA)
• Elementary Education (BA)
• English (BA)
- Creative Writing (minor)
• Exercise Science (BS)
• Finance (BA, BS)
• French (minor)
• Gender Studies (minor)
• Health Science (BS)
• History (BA)
• Homeland Security (minor)
• Human-Animal Studies (BA)
• International Studies (minor)
• Latin American and Latino/a Studies (minor)
• Leadership Studies (BA)
• Marketing (BA, BS)
- Communication (minor)
- Digital Marketing (minor)
- Integrated Marketing
- Professional Selling

• Mathematics (BS)
• Media Studies (BA)
• Museum Studies (minor)
• Music (BA)
• Musical Theatre (BA)
• Nursing (BSN)
• Philosophy (BA)
• Physical Education Teaching
- Certification K–12 (BA)
- Health Promotion

• Physiology (minor)
• Political Science (BA)
- Pre-law (minor)
• Psychology (BA)
• Religion (BA)
• Secondary Education (supplemental major)
- Biology
- English
- History
- Mathematics

• School Health
- Education (minor)
• Servant Leadership (minor)
• Social Work (BSW)
• Sociology (BA)
• Spanish (BA)
• Special Education (BA)
• Speech and Language Pathology (BS)
• Sport Management (BA)
• Statistics (minor)
• Theatre (BA)