About USU


Who We Are

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a university president-led organization committed to enhancing urban university engagement to increase prosperity and opportunity in our nation's cities and to tackling key urban challenges.

USU is a 501 (c) 6 membership organization, which has established a permanent partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to share a joint USU/APLU Office of Urban Initiatives. 

Mission, Vision & Values

USU institutions seek to create sustainable, affordable, and innovative urban communities free of poverty and inequitable growth as measured by reduction in gaps across economic, social, environmental, education, and health outcomes across its learners and residents. To better our institutions we focus on:​

  • Diversity & Inclusion

  • Engagement

  • Innovation

  • Future



To find more information about our organization & our work, visit the pages below.

USU Staff

Learn more about the people behind the scenes who operate USU.

USU Leadership

View the USU Board of Directors & Executive Committee.

USU Work

Learn more about USU's four focus areas. 

USU News 

Check out our most recent blog post and news.