Aurora University was founded as Mendota Seminary in Mendota, Illinois, in 1893. At that time, the school was focused on education and training rooted in the Advent Christian Church. Within a few years of its founding, the seminary changed its name to Mendota College, and broadened its programs into a traditional liberal arts curriculum.
Aurora University offers 40 undergraduate majors, numerous minors, a wide variety of master's degrees, several graduate certificates in education, nursing and business, and online doctoral degrees in education and social work.
The Office of Institutional Research provides data, information and analysis to the AU community to support university planning and decision making. We also provide the university’s annual responses to the Common Data Set, a collaborative effort of The College Board, Peterson's and U.S. News & World Report to publish standard information about colleges and universities.
We help students and alumni with all aspects of the career exploration and career development process, including:
At AU, our administrative offices have one singular goal – to support an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.
Aurora University studentsliving on campus are provided with all of the accommodations afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. If a student has a disability that falls under the definition of the ADA, the student will be granted reasonable accommodations in student housing. These accommodations are determined on a case-by-case basis according to documented need, prevailing standardsfor reasonable accommodations, and available housing options.
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The AU Wellness Center provides college-specific nursing care and promotes health, wellness and preventive care for the Aurora University community. Care received in the Wellness Center is nurse-directed and based on physician-approved clinical protocols.
Services are free and available to all currently enrolled AU students.
The Aurora campus is based primarily around a traditional quadrangle and adjacent areas. In total, the campus is approximately 32 acres. All buildings constructed by the university have red tile roofs (with the exception of two, which continue the red theme on exterior wall panels), a stipulation of Charles Eckhart in his initial donation in the early days of Aurora College.
Aurora University fields 21 NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic teams. Approximately 40 percent of the student population participates in intercollegiate sports. All Spartan athletic teams compete in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference with the exception of the men’s lacrosse team, which is part of the Midwest Lacrosse Conference. The primary athletics facilities are Thornton Gymnasium, located in Alumni Hall, and Vago Field, which serves as the football, soccer and lacrosse field. The Vago Field grandstand seats 600 people.
Officially recognized student groups at Aurora University include:
The Higher Learning Commission accredits Aurora University at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.