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Impact of COVID-19 on Admission
Impact of COVID-19 on Admission

We are now accepting applications for spring and fall 2021. View information about every step of the college decision process — from virtual visits to the application to financial aid — all in one place.

Forward Together
Forward Together

Read our plans for the 2020 fall semester.

Aerial View of Campus
Experience campus virtually

Take our virtual tour to see all AU has to offer.

In Our Own Words
Bryce Despain
Rebecca Einhaus
Alyssa
Hajar
Hernan
In Our Own Words: Faculty and staff share their thoughts on what makes us Authentically AU.
When students get here, they realize what it is about being a Spartan. Everybody’s involved, everybody’s invested.
Bryce ’18
Sport Management
Attending AU is allowing me to fulfill my passion to serve others and providing the foundation to help me achieve my goals.
Rebecca BA '18
Master of Public Administration candidate
AU has allowed me to combine my two loves, English and music. I knew I wanted to major in English when I enrolled, yet I couldn’t help but be pulled into the music major because of the supportive arts environment.
Alyssa '19
English and Music Double Major
AU provided me with the right skill sets — collaboration, delegation, problem solving, and networking — to excel in the ‘real world.’ With the addition of connecting me to professionals in my field for internship positions and the amazing guidance of faculty mentors, I felt that my career opportunities were endless.
Hajar '15
Marketing Graduate
As a member of the Latin American Student Organization (LASO), I helped plan more than 60 events for students — in just one year. Our smaller campus makes it easier to be involved. That’s how I met so many of my friends and discovered new interests. I also grew more confident in my skills and have impressive experiences that I can share with potential employers.
Hernan '19
History/Secondary Education Major

The AU Experience

Find a place to call home.

AU student-athletes represent the best of sportsmanship and success.

Discover endless opportunities to get involved.

AU’s 50+ majors and minors allow you to customize a degree around your interests.

AU’s 50+ majors and minors allow you to customize a degree around your interests.

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Our students are passionate about creative expression.

6

residence halls housing 700+ students

24

NCAA Division III teams

60+

Student Organizations and Clubs

70%

of Students Participate in Internships, Study Abroad, Research and Service Projects

30+

free Celebrating Arts and Ideas events a year

31

states represented by the student body

150+

NCAA tournament appearances

22

Intramural Sports

650+

students work on campus

6,000-square-foot museum and art gallery

45%

of first-year students commute

165+

conference championships

100+

free concerts, lectures, comedy shows, films, and theatre productions each year

Double

major and finish in four years

3

major theatre productions annually

19:1

Student-Faculty Ratio

32

Academic All-Americans

40 acres

of campus to explore

multiple

alternative spring break trips every year

50+

members of the University Chorale

Thrive on our campus located in a tree-lined residential neighborhood.

Twenty-four varsity sports. One team.

Something at AU is going to create a spark in you.

There are no boundaries in the pursuit of educational excellence.

We value the visual and performing arts.

We value the visual and performing arts.

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Life at AU

Dr. Sherrick and Sammy Spartan
Authentically AU

News and views from the president.

Celebrating Art and Ideas
Celebrating Arts and Ideas

Broaden your horizons through entertaining and informative presentations, ranging from concerts and films to dance programs and theatre productions — all for free and all on campus.

Schingoethe Center
Schingoethe Center

Take advantage of our Smithsonian collaboration by exploring art and cultural artifacts in our award-winning campus gallery and museum.

Jacqueline Woodson on how slow reading leads to great writing

It is National Book Lovers Day on August 9, so what better day to ditch your smartphone and linger over a good book? We reached back into the spring issue of Aurora University Magazine to see what award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson shared with AU students about the art of...

Five reasons to major in English

To me, the strongest argument for choosing an English major is the same argument that enticed me to the field when I was an undergraduate — the way in which it opens up the world. Studying English cultivates your curiosity and gives you the critical reading skills, research expertise, and...

‘I won’t turn them away’: AU alum offers free telehealth sessions to frontline workers

An occasional series on Aurora University alumni, students, faculty, and staff serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. It was March when the COVID-19 pandemic first felt real to Katie Johns MSW ’09. She had seen news about the pandemic, but during a conversation with her sister,...

Aurora University announces spring 2020 Dean's List

Aurora University congratulates the more than 1,500 undergraduate students who earned Dean’s List honors for the spring 2020 semester. The Dean’s List recognizes students who have earned a 3.6 GPA or higher. Students recognized with high honors have earned a perfect 4.0. Students...

AU to hold community check-ins

Today and again on Monday evening, the university has scheduled listening sessions, an opportunity for faculty, staff, and administrators to hear the voices of our black students. We plan similar sessions for our Latinx students in a few weeks. We know that many are nervous about the...

WEAREONEAU Fund to assist AU students, faculty, staff

Today I am pleased to announce the establishment of a new emergency fund, intended to help members of the AU community. I know that so many are deeply grieved right now. The murder of George Floyd was a stark reminder that America is battling two plagues — racism and the virus. In a time...

Helping children through the COVID-19 crisis one meal at a time

An occasional series on Aurora University alumni, students, faculty, and staff serving the community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Sarah O'Donnell ’05 could not have imagined that her bachelor's degree in recreation administration from Aurora University would lead to her becoming a hero in...

Remembering Richard "Dick" Hamlin: Former GWC president, 1961-82

Richard “Dick” Hamlin, PhD, 94, the president of George Williams College from 1961-1982, died Saturday, April 18, 2020, at his home in Naples, Florida. Dick was a prominent leader in the YMCA movement when the call came from his alma mater, George Williams College, to assume its...

12 tips to navigate your job search during COVID-19

This is an unprecedented time in our country. As individuals and companies adapt to the coronavirus, so too does the job hiring process. Companies are still hiring, but the interview process has changed. The hiring process has gone virtual. From school districts to hospitals to businesses large...

AU introduces Illinois' first Doctor of Education Instructional Leadership program

Aurora University is addressing the growing need for educational leaders — those who mentor their teacher colleagues to help improve teaching and learning — through its innovative Doctor of Education (EdD) Instructional Leadership: Coaching and Mentoring program strand. Students of...

9.23

Date: Wednesday - September 23, 2020
Time: 9:00 am

9.24

Date: Thursday - September 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 pm

9.26

Date: Saturday - September 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am

Spartan Athletic Park
Spartan Athletic Park

Our 80-acre multisport complex features high-quality practice and competition facilities, demonstrating AU’s commitment to your overall educational experience.

Labyrinth
Labyrinth

Located at the Wackerlin Center for Faith and Action, the Labyrinth is where you can meditate, reflect, and explore your life’s calling.

State-of-the-Art Nursing Labs
State-of-the-Art Nursing Labs

AU brings the hospital into the classroom with high-tech labs that enhance your learning and understanding of health care.

Exercise Science Labs
Exercise Science Labs

Students and athletes take advantage of the latest technology to practice clinical skills and improve performance.