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America's Urban Campus: The Economic, Social, and Cultural Contributions of Chicago's Colleges and Universities

Chicago is home to dozens of higher education institutions, including community colleges, major research universities, and professional schools. A group of 17 of Chicago’s largest higher education institutions, representing 216,000 students, has formed a coalition called America’s Urban Campus (AUC) to collaborate on a range of initiatives.

AUC colleges and universities account for 90% of total higher education enrollment in the City of Chicago. They enhance the quality of life for students, alumni, and residents of the City of Chicago in many ways. While the total historical, cultural, social, and economic benefits that these universities provide to the City of Chicago are in some ways immeasurable, in this report we present a broad array of data and research that demonstrate the importance of these institutions to the economic, social, and cultural fabric of Chicago.

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