Getting the most out of your higher education is of paramount importance. Aurora knows this as well as anyone. That’s why there are some outstanding institutions of higher learning close by. Waubonsee Community College has three campuses in the Aurora area. The convenient downtown campus focuses on its very successful business program and also offers extension sites for Aurora University and Northern Illinois University. The second campus is a fully accredited, commuter school on a 183-acre site seven miles west of Aurora. The third campus, located on the Rush-Copley Medical Center campus features classrooms and a computer lab while providing student services and access to library resources. If you’re seeking a private, independent institution, then look no further than Aurora University. Founded in 1893, Aurora University’s unique, tree-shaded campus set in an established neighborhood on Aurora’s west side, has more than 4,000 students enrolled. This fully accredited university offers undergraduate degrees in 48 majors, as well as graduate and doctoral degree programs.
Robert Morris College is one of the largest private colleges in Illinois for undergraduate education. The College is a not-for-profit institution that awards degrees in a variety of progressive fields, from business to the arts, technology to healthcare. At Robert Morris College, students enjoy personalized attention, a complete college experience, and focused degree programs that lead to exciting careers. The rewards of attending RMC last long after graduation day. Employers seek individuals with the background and experience that only RMC delivers.
There has been a growing trend of specialization in the workplace. For those seeking professional development, Olympia College — just north of Interstate 88 on Route 31 — has the solution. The percentage of skilled jobs continues to steadily increase. Many of these positions do not require four-year degrees. As a result, there is a vast amount of opportunities custom designed for graduates of career institutions.
Other options within a half-hour’s drive are available to Aurora students. North Central College, in Naperville, and Illinois Benedictine University, in Lisle provide students with a broad range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Northern Illinois University, one of Illinois’ largest universities, is located less than an hour to the west in DeKalb with a satellite campus nearby in Naperville.
Aurora students have the advantage of living close to a world of other great schools. In fact, some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning are all within an hour’s commute in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs. These colleges and universities, with storied histories and unmatched academic programs, have traditions of academic excellence spanning generations. They include The University of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Chicago, DePaul University, The Illinois Institute of Technology, Loyola University, Columbia University, Northwestern University and The Art Institute of Chicago.