Location
Aurora, IL
Undergrads
2,608
Tuition
$20,100
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 477 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are available to anyone who wishes to participate.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: AU on Campus – You can be as involved or uninvolved as you want in clubs, sports, and other things going around on campus. Many scholarships are offered to intice students to attend, if you can maintain a B average. Many work on campus jobs are available.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Where to Get Food at AU – There is a cafeteria for food during the day, and also a food cart set up in the hallway by the Bookstore.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The Usual Not Enough Variety – The restaurants here are not much to rant about. They are near by if you have a car or a friend to hop in and carpool with. There are mostly mom and pop restaurants in downtown Aurora that many do not know about, but should probably check out. We have great Mexican food restaurants all throughout the East side of Aurora and a few on the West side of town.

5 College Junior

Academics: Top Notch Connections – Recomendation letters, internships, professionalism and hands on experience all takes place right here. The workload is heavy, but there are tons of free resources and help available. The library stays open until 2am for those all nighters and there are many job positions on campus allowing students to jump right in and gain experience in their field of study. Community partnerships and student organizations, guest speakers also make a great way for students to network.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: A Jewel Tucked Away in the Suburbia – The University is located on the West Side of Aurora nearly hidden away in a nice neighborhood. The locals walk their dogs around the school and kids are always around with a partnership elementary school that is housed inside the University. The school is full of diversity showcasing culture events for black history month and spanish heritage. We also have a highly recognizable and respectable greek fraternity and sorority atmosphere. The school and students are greatly involved in community activities and volunteering and is known as one of the best schools to attend because of the connections our students establish as well as the academic rigor received here. There are many opportunities for students to be involved and the small atmosphere makes it a very personable experience here at school. There is also athletic teams and Lacrosse brings in many of our out of state students. Our school rival is Benedictine and we are only a thirty min drive away from NIU where most of the partying happens. The school is near transportation so it is only a 45mins train or car ride away from Chicago, one of the best cities in America.

2 College Senior

Weather: The weather varies so much there isn't really a sufficient way to describe it. It is very cold but they do pretty well to take care of routes to walk around campus if it snows or is icy. Classes rarely are cancelled and with the wind chill as bad as it is, it can be very dangerous.

4 College Senior

Academics: The professors at the school are great assets but are only there if you seek them out. For this reason, I have found so many benefits in networking. The curriculum seems to be very repetitive and displays that of a small school. I wish I would have chosen a more applicable degree.

3 College Senior

Facilities: About half the campus looks extremely modern while the rest looks older. Although there have been some new renovations, the fitness center is filled with broken equipment and there is a major lack of computer labs in necessary places.

1 College Student

Overall Experience: Horrible Here, Do Not Go Here. I'm transferring after my freshmen year because my time at AU is nothing but a bust. I am a commuting student and the majority of the school is. A little percentage of students live on campus. On the weekends there is little to nothing to do. The majority of kids sit in their dorms and some goes to off campus parties which get busted 90% of the time. And the off campus parties are at one or two houses a week, which is on a Saturday. I met a few decent people, but I can't wait to move on to a different school. The location of this school is one of the worst and inconvenient towns in all of Illinois.

1 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Very Little Off Campus – This school is mainly a commuting school, remember that. I am also commuting student but I know kids in the dorms. This college is in between a residential area so there is few chances to get off campus housing and the campus security and Aurora police know where the parties are at and bust them 95% of the time.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I would choose Aurora University again if I had to do it all over. Their lack of on-campus parking, even though I've paid for a parking permit, makes me park on the nearby neighborhood streets.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: College Student Looks – Everyone on campus look just like college kids who have outgrown their high school look.

3 College Junior

Academics: The workload for adult completion program is nuts we are not traditional students we are adult students trying to change our lives.

2 College Freshman

Nightlife: Nightlife for students who are 21 and older is pretty lame. There is only one bar that is walking distance, but that bar is creepy and not popular. House parties are the best time. There are some houses walking distance from campus so you can stumble back to the dorm with no DD. Overall, nightlife is pretty lame if you're not friends with whose house it is at.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Campus Living – The dorms at Aurora University are great. They are so close to everything on campus, and everything is literally a 4 minute walk tops. The cost for living is quite expensive however. I think they could make improvements on the freshmen dorms with how much money I have to pay each semester. I would recommend living on campus.

3 College Freshman

Academics: There is a variety of classes offered at Aurora University. All of the professors that I have had are great. They are very accomodating with class schedules and work load. The curriculum seems a bit repetive. I learn about the same things in most of my classes. For example, culture, identity, similies, etc. I study in my room because the library is way too crowded to focus.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Very Nice School – Aurora University is a great school. Most professors are helpful and one can tell that they love what they do. The university has various activities such as magicians, poetry, and trips to Six Flags for students. There is also educational activities such as speakers that come in. Many clubs/organizations available to students and environment is friendly.

1 College Junior

Parking: There is only parking lot space for about half of the students that require it. The rest park on the streets surrounding campus and the police give frequent tickets. It costs $25 to get a parking pass for the whole year but I'm lucky if I can ever find a spot Mon-Fri. Also when it snows they plow the main lines of the lots so then your car is packed in, then they come ask you to move your car to plow the rest, it was very annoying!! You pretty much need a car too because there are a lot of off-campus classes.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Small and Cozy – The campus in general always feels cozy. All the buildings are close together so I can leave for class about 5 minutes before it starts. The dorms are kinda small and they usually put one more person than will actually fit but I've seen worse. The desk chairs are nice, they rock/recline. The only bad part about the bathrooms are the people using them, the bathrooms get cleaned Mon-Fri but by the time Monday rolls around they're kinda dirty. The housing process isn't hard and is fair, done by credits and grades, but living on campus isn't cheap. I think the most expensive part is eating on campus, but its just so tasty!

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Little Mexico – There are your average chains nearby, Burger Kind, McDonalds, Taco Bell, ect. But my favorite off campus dining are the many different authentic Mexican restaurants near by. Most are cheap and ALL are good! You can usually get three tacos and a quesadilla for around $6.

4 College Senior

Facilities: There Seems to Be More Cummunity – The activities on campus are always upbeat and meaningful as an older student returning to school I missed out on a lot of fun a younger person has great opportunities!

4 College Senior

Academics: Psychology Program at AU – The classes are small so there is an opportunity to really interact with you professors. They are great knowledgeable and easily reached.
I also enrolled in a LEAD program which I really love

4 College Senior

Drug Safety: Not So Visible – Aurora University is a "dry campus". Which means no alcohol or drugs are allowed. Therefore I don't see either drinking or drugs lot on campus.

4 College Senior

Academics: Always Helpful – One of the reasons I chose Aurora University was it's smaller size. No matter what professors are always available to help students because of the low class sizes. Help with academics is also available at the Library whenever a student needs it. Overall, I think it is easier to learn in a small setting like Aurora University.

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