Who We Are
Public urban research universities are
Educators of the nation's human capital.
- USU institutions educate about 20 million students annually. Of the 7,473 institutions of postsecondary education in the U.S., 4,961 (68 percent) are in urban areas.
- In fall 2013, a record 21.5 million students attended American colleges and universities. Over 70 percent were enrolled at public institutions.
- A majority of first-time, first-year students (62 percent) that enroll in USU institutions come from the local metro areas in which the campuses are located.
- Four-year public institutions have maintained an average annual price of $16,789 for undergraduate tuition, fees, room, and board. Private nonprofit, four year institutions average $37,906 and private for-profit four year institutions average $23,364.
Economic drivers and business innovators for metropolitan areas.
- Urban colleges and universities are often the largest employer in their cities. In 2010-11, urban-degree granting institutions employed 2.6 million people, and paid over $190 billion in salaries, wages, and benefits to over 1.9 million full-time equivalent staff.
- The average USU institution spends $445 million annually on wages and salaries in the local economy.
- Urban research universities spend $6 million each year on public service, money often used to leverage further investments in their communities.
Collaborating for change via university-community partnerships.
- Institutions who are members of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities collaborate with community partners nationwide each providing an average of $733,000 in support to nonprofits.
- Fourteen USU members were named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
- Twenty-four USU institutions received the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching's classification for community engagement.
- Collectively, USU members prepare more than 20% of the nation's future urban educators.
Transforming urban health.
- The majority of USUs are involved in public health partnerships, investing an average of $2.6 million annually on efforts that range from providing services and clinical trials to advocating for minority representation in the health care industry.
- Our 13 medical schools are utilizing their capacity to produce an urban health workforce, conduct interdisciplinary research, provide clinical resources, and organize community-academic partnerships.