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Aurora University Overview

Located in Aurora, Illinois, Aurora University is a private not-for-profit institution. Aurora is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Aurora University Known For?

1,138 Undergraduate Awards
$26,792 Avg Cost After Aid
87% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Aurora have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • The highest award offered at Aurora is the doctor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 30% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Aurora makes roughly $42,700 a year. This is 5% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Aurora University Rankings

Out of the 98 colleges in Illinois, Aurora is ranked at #19.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Aurora has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#158 Most Popular Online Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#287 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Aurora.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Social Work Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Value Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Value Public Administration & Social Service Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Best Value Education Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#16 Best Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Social Work Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#39 Best Public Administration & Social Service Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#91 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#94 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Aurora has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Social Work Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#15 Best Value Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#15 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Non-Traditional Students College Factual
#18 Best Social Work Colleges for Veterans College Factual
#18 Best Value Colleges for Social Work College Factual
#52 Best Public Administration & Social Service Colleges for Veterans College Factual

Where Is Aurora University?

Location of Aurora University

Contact details for Aurora are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 347 S Gladstone Ave, Aurora, IL 60506-4892
Phone: 630-892-6431
Website: https://aurora.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/aurorauniversity
Twitter: http://twitter.com/aurorau

How Do I Get Into Aurora?

You can apply to Aurora online at: https://aurora.edu/admission/apply

Admission Requirements for Aurora

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Aurora?

87% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
14% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 87%, Aurora is fairly easy to get into, but you must be sure to submit the required materials.

Approximately 43% of accepted students are men and 57% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 87%, and the acceptance rate for women is 88%.

Average Test Scores

About 14% of students accepted to Aurora submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 570. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Aurora University  ( 480 to 570 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Aurora University  ( 470 to 560 )
200
800
Aurora received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 23. Math scores were between 17 and 24. Composite scores were between 19 and 23.

ACT English Scores for Aurora University  ( 18 to 23 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Aurora University  ( 17 to 24 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Aurora University  ( 19 to 23 )
1
36

Can I Afford Aurora University?

$26,792 Net Price
65% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Aurora is $26,792. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Aurora, approximately 65% of students took out student loans averaging $6,043 a year. That adds up to $24,172 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Aurora is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Aurora University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,679 Full-Time Undergraduates
65% Women
47% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 4,104 undergraduate students at Aurora, with 3,679 being full-time and 425 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Aurora

There are also 2,142 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,679 full-time undergraduates at Aurora, 35% are male and 65% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Aurora

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Aurora University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Aurora Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 105
Black or African American 240
Hispanic or Latino 1,261
White 1,681
International Students 19
Other Races/Ethnicities 373

Geographic Diversity

Illinois students aren't the only ones who study at Aurora University. At this time, 28 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 14 countries are represented at Aurora. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Canada, Latvia, and Germany.

Online Learning at Aurora University

882 Took All Classes Online
1,074 Took At Least One Class Online
37.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 7 master’s degree programs available online at Aurora. In 2017-2018, 1,074 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Aurora has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 8th most popular in Illinois for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Aurora

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Aurora University was 37.4%. This is the #594 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Aurora regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Aurora majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 7%
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5%
Health & Physical Education 13%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 5%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies 7%
Public Administration & Social Service 32%
Social Work 32%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Aurora ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Aurora.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Computer Science #11
Communication & Media Studies #13
Social Work #14
Communication & Journalism #24
Public Administration & Social Service #37
Teacher Education Grade Specific #41
Computer & Information Sciences #52
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #63
Liberal Arts General Studies #63
Criminal Justice & Corrections #68
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting #73
Nursing #100
Education #119
Business Administration & Management #155
Health Professions #172
Business, Management & Marketing #194

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Aurora University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Social Work 167 33 488 8 696
Business Administration & Management 150 0 134 0 284
Nursing 198 0 0 0 198
Educational Administration 0 0 60 21 81
Criminal Justice & Corrections 78 0 3 0 81
General Psychology 74 0 0 0 74
Accounting 47 0 22 0 69
Teacher Education Grade Specific 43 0 21 0 64
Marketing 39 0 0 0 39
Health & Physical Education 39 0 0 0 39
Communication & Media Studies 32 0 0 0 32
Instructional Media Design 0 0 31 0 31
General Biology 27 0 0 0 27
Health/Medical Prep Programs 27 0 0 0 27
Finance & Financial Management 26 0 0 0 26
Special Education 11 0 15 0 26
Liberal Arts General Studies 26 0 0 0 26
Computer Science 21 0 0 0 21
Ethnic Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Mathematics 10 0 7 0 17
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 17 0 17
Teacher Education Subject Specific 6 0 9 0 15
Political Science & Government 12 0 0 0 12
History 11 0 0 0 11
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 10 0 0 0 10
General English Literature 9 0 0 0 9
Romance Languages 9 0 0 0 9
Sociology 7 0 0 0 7
Fine & Studio Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 6 0 0 0 6
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 6 6
Allied Health Professions 6 0 0 0 6
Public Administration 0 0 6 0 6
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 0 0 5
Music 5 0 0 0 5
Communication Sciences 3 0 0 0 3
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 3 0 0 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 2 0 0 0 2
Sustainability Science 1 0 0 0 1
Religious Studies 1 0 0 0 1
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 0 0 0
Multilingual Education 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
General Engineering 0 0 0 0 0
Writing Studies 0 0 0 0 0
Chemistry 0 0 0 0 0
Community Organization & Advocacy 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1,138 33 813 35 2,019

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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