Aurora University

Aurora University

Aurora University, also referred to as AU, is a private liberal arts college located in Aurora, Illinois, United States. It was founded as Mendota Seminary in Mendota, Illinois in 1893. It was used for training ministers and lay workers of the Advent Christian Church. Aurora College legally separated from the Advent Christian Church in 1971 and, in 1985, it was renamed Aurora University. The main campus spreads across an area of more than 250 acres. Aurora University is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education
  • College of Professional Studies

Aurora University sponsors more than 15 sports teams which are nicknamed the Spartans. It also hosts several student clubs and organizations including Fashion Loves You (FLY), Future Leaders of The World (FLOW), and The Actors and Playwrights Society (TAPS).

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Aurora University
347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora , IL 60506-4892
General Phone: (630) 892-6431

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Aurora Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching624curriculum and instruction, educational administration, elementary school teaching, teacher education, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Business and Management181business management, accounting, finance, MIS, management science, marketing
Family and Social Work148social work, youth services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine67registered nursing
Liberal Arts43Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology, history
Therapy and Counseling37psychology
Security and Law Enforcement31criminal justice and safety
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy30parks and recreation studies, parks and recreation management, athletic trainer
Medicine16medical preparatory
Media15communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering6computer science
Religion and Philosophy0religion

Number of programs and degrees for Aurora in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree49727
Doctor's degree132
Master's degree7126

Aurora Student Body

In 2007-2008, Aurora had a total enrollment of 3,946 students (3,753 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 39%
Women 61%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 27%
Graduate 73%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 58%
Black 5%
Hispanic 6%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 30%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 16%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 19%
30-34 9%
35-39 8%
40-49 13%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Aurora Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 73 %
Part-Time 50 %

Aurora Room and Board (2007)

Aurora offers campus housing for 580 of its 3,753 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Aurora, Illinois for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Illinois Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Aurora Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440570
SAT Math440540
ACT Verbal1924
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2024

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT96%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Aurora Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,500
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,500
Room and board $ 7,540
Room charge $ 3,542
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,150
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,322

Financial Aid:
Aurora participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 163400)

Aurora Faculty

Aurora has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2924
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1216

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*1*
Associate professorcalendar year2*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*3$67,617
All faculty totalcalendar year5$75,7114$73,955

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year5$81,9186$75,501
Associate professoracademic year11$67,25617$63,032
Assistant professoracademic year29$54,86322$52,395
Instructoracademic year4$47,5737$50,391
All faculty totalacademic year49$59,81152$58,269

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Aurora Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Education And Teaching
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Levels & Methods, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work
Youth Services/Administration

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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Aurora Highlights

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What Sets Aurora Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
(vs. all colleges)
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Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 6%Aurora Female % of student body
% of degrees in family and social work
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Aurora % of degrees in family and social work
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Aurora Number of students
% students 40 years or older
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 19%Aurora % students 40 years or older

checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers weekend classes
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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