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Aurora University is a private, non-profit liberal arts institution located in Aurora, Illinois. Aurora traces its history back to 1893 and the founding of Mendota Seminary in Mendota, Illinois. Affiliated with the Advent Christian Church, the school’s original purpose was to train students for the ministry. After only a few years, however, the seminary broadened its educational focus and changed its name to Mendota College. In the early 1900’s, the school moved to newly constructed facilities in Aurora and became Aurora College. In 1971, the college separated from the Advent Christian Church and changed its name once more, this time to Aurora University.

Today, Aurora University maintains two campuses: the 37-acre campus in Aurora; and George Williams College, a 100-acre campus located in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A number of classes are also offered at the Woodstock Center in Woodstock, Illinois. The university is accredited through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

With a student population of 4400, including 2600 undergraduates, Aurora University offers over 40 undergraduate majors in the areas of arts and sciences, business, criminal justice, education, nursing, and social work. The school offers a wide variety of master’s and doctoral degree programs as well.

The Aurora campus is situated around a traditional quadrangle. By stipulation of Charles Eckhart in his original donation, buildings on campus feature red-tiled roofs. Students can choose to live on campus in one of six residence halls or off campus in the surrounding community. There is an active student life with more than 60 university sponsored musical, literary, religious, social and service organizations, as well as a full intramural sports program.

Nicknamed the Spartans, Aurora fields 20 NCAA Division III athletic teams competing in the Northern Athletics Conference.

Students can also take advantage of the cultural and entertainment offerings of the surrounding city of Aurora, as well as Chicago, just 40 miles away.

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