Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois, United States
Aurora University is a private, nonprofit, co-educational liberal arts college located in Aurora, Illinois, United States, 40 miles west of Chicago.



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:

  • Exploring career options
  • Finding meaningful internships
  • Job search
  • Interviewing skills
  • Resumes, cover letters and thank you notes
  • Communications and networking
  • Career transitions


Student services

At AU, our administrative offices have one singular goal – to support an inclusive community dedicated to the transformative power of learning.

  • Employment Opportunities
Job opportunities and benefits
  • Institutional Research
Common data sets and student body profile
  • Office of the Registrar
Transcripts and official academic records
  • Student Accounts
Account payment, student loan repayment, check cashing and bookstore vouchers
  • Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Programs and resources to assist faculty
  • University Communications
Media relations, publications and digital communications
Events Management

Housing services

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.

Library services

Library Services : 


  • 10 available in the Phillips Library lobby
  • 30 available in the Computer Lab in the Phillips Library


  • 11 available for use in Phillips Library
  • 3-hour loan period with 1 renewal


  • Computer Lab in the Phillips Library
  • Multi-function device in Phillips Library Lobby

Medical services

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.  

Student Life

Campus life

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.

Sports facilities

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.

Student clubs

Officially recognized student groups at Aurora University include:

  • Alpha Phi Sigma criminal justice honor society
  • American Marketing Association (AMA)
  • AU Flow Art Club
  • AU History Club
  • Aurora Criminal Justice Association (ACJA)
  • Aurora University Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Aurora University Finance Association (AUFA)
  • Aurora University Pride Alliance (AUPA)


The Higher Learning Commission accredits Aurora University at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.