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Aurora University
Aurora University logo.jpg
Other name
AU
MottoSapientes abscondunt scientiam
Motto in English
Wise persons will carry away knowledge
TypePrivate university
Established1893
Endowment$39.1 million[1][needs update]
PresidentRebecca L. Sherrick
ProvostFrank Buscher
Students6,246[2]
Undergraduates4,104[2]
Postgraduates2,142[2]
Location, ,
U.S.
Campus40 acres (16.2 ha)[needs update]
ColorsRoyal blue and white   
NicknameSpartans
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division III
Websitewww.aurora.edu

Aurora University (AU) is a private university in Aurora, Illinois. In addition to its main campus and the Orchard Center in Aurora, AU offers programs online, at its George Williams College campus in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and at the Woodstock Center in downtown Woodstock, Illinois. Approximately 6,200 students are enrolled in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs at Aurora University.

History

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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.

In 1911, residents of the nearby town of Aurora raised funds to construct a new college, led by funding from businessman Charles Eckhart, who founded the predecessor company to the Auburn Automobile Company. Recognizing mutual benefits, administrators of Mendota College moved their operations to Aurora and the school became known as Aurora College.

In 1971, Aurora College separated from the Advent Christian Church, and in 1985, changed its name to Aurora University to better reflect the breadth of its academic programs.

In 1992, the school entered into an affiliation agreement with George Williams College, in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, which was followed by a full merger in 2000. George Williams College (named for YMCA founder George Williams) had been instituted in 1886 by YMCA leaders to create a summer school where young men and women would gather for learning, fellowship and reflection. With the merger, the one-time summer school, camp and conference center now serves both undergraduates and graduate students in a variety of degree programs. Over the past decade, the historic George Williams College campus has been transformed through renovations to new structures including the creation of the Winston Paul Educational Center, Oak and Hickory lodges, the Beasley Campus Center and the Ferro Pavilion, where the annual Music by the Lake outdoor concert series takes place during the summer months.

Aurora University added a third location in 2009 with the opening of the Woodstock Center, which offers part-time MBA, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and graduate programs in education. The center is located in Woodstock, Illinois, approximately 50 miles north of the university's main campus.[3]

Today, Aurora University, the GWC campus, and the Woodstock Center are operated by the Board of Trustees of Aurora University and presided over by a chief executive officer. Each site has a team of senior administrators who report to the president.

Presidents

Academics

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.[4]

The university is composed of the following:

The university states that its student-faculty ratio is 17:1, and that the average class size is 23 students.[4]

Aurora University operates on a semester-based academic year. The school also offers an international- and service-focused “Travel in May” program at the conclusion of the spring semester, as well as summer courses.

Accreditation

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The Higher Learning Commission accredits Aurora University at the bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels.[6]

Program-specific accreditations include:

Campus

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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.[7]

Aurora College Complex (Eckhart, Davis & Wilkinson Halls)
Aurora University is located in Illinois
Aurora University
Aurora University is located in the United States
Aurora University
Location347 S. Gladstone Ave.
Aurora, Kane County, Illinois, United States
Coordinates41°45′17″N 88°20′52″W / 41.75472°N 88.34778°W / 41.75472; -88.34778Coordinates: 41°45′17″N 88°20′52″W / 41.75472°N 88.34778°W / 41.75472; -88.34778
Built1912
Architectural styleTudor Revival
NRHP reference No.84001126
Added to NRHPFebruary 16, 1984

Buildings include:

George Williams College of Aurora University is located on the shores of Geneva Lake in Williams Bay, Wisconsin and includes 137.5 acres of property.

Buildings include:

Schingoethe Center of Aurora University

Aurora University is home to the Schingoethe Center of Aurora University, a museum best known for its collection of Native American artifacts.[9] The museum was founded when Herbert and Martha Schingoethe commissioned the building of Dunham Hall, which opened to the public in 1990 and which housed their donated collection of 6000 artifacts.

In 2015, the museum relocated to the newly constructed Ellsworth and Virginia Hill Welcome Center.[9][10] The Schingoethe Center was named as a Smithsonian affiliate in 2017.[11][12]

Athletics

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The Aurora athletic teams are called the Spartans. The university is a member of the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), primarily competing in the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC; formerly known as the Northern Athletics Conference (NAC) until after the 2012–13 school year) since the 2006–07 academic year; while its men's lacrosse team competes in the Midwest Lacrosse Conference (MLC), and its women's bowling team competing in the Central Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (CIBC). The Spartans previously competing in the D-III Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) from 1995–96 to 2005–06; and in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as an associate member from 1954–55 to 1959–60.

Aurora competes in 22 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, track & field, volleyball and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, track & field, volleyball and wrestling. Club sports include women's cheer and dance, men's ice hockey (ACHA D2 & D3) and women's ice hockey (ACHA D1). Approximately 40 percent of the student population participates in intercollegiate sports.

Facilities

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.

Championships

Aurora University athletic teams have captured 123 conference championships in school history. Since joining the NCAA in 1982, AU men's and women's teams have won 103 conference championships and appeared in 59 NCAA tournaments.[13]

References

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  3. ^ "Mission and History". Aurora University Web Site. Aurora University. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Academics". Aurora University Web Site. Aurora University. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  5. ^ "Academic Programs". George Williams College of Aurora University Web Site. Aurora University. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  6. ^ "Directory of HLC Institutions". The Higher Learning Commission Web Site. North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. Archived from the original on January 1, 2011. Retrieved September 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "About Us". Aurora University Web Site. Aurora University. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Residence Halls". Aurora University Web Site. Aurora University. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  9. ^ a b "Schingoethe Center of Aurora University". aurora.edu. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  10. ^ "Aurora University, Ellsworth and Virginia Hall Welcome Center and Schingoethe Museum". American School & University. 88 (12): 113. 2016.
  11. ^ "Affiliate Profile". Smithsonian Affiliations. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  12. ^ "Aurora University's Schingoethe Center Named As Smithsonian Affiliate". Targeted News Service (TNS). February 1, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2022.
  13. ^ "Aurora University Athletics – Championship History". Aurora University Athletics Web Site. Aurora University Athletics. Retrieved September 9, 2011.
  14. ^ "Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Baseball Records". NACC.
  15. ^ "Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Men's Basketball Records". NACC.