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About Us

The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a president-led organization committed to enhancing urban university engagement and tackling key urban challenges in our nation’s cities. With a membership of 41 public, urban research universities across 27 states, USU’s agenda focuses on: 21st century workforce, advancing racial justice and equity, health equity, and equitable student success. Annually, member campuses enroll over 1 million students, confer 276,000 degrees, employ 195,000 faculty and staff, and conduct $4.6 billion in university research. USU has partnered with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) to establish the APLU Office of Urban Initiatives, and remains in permanent partnership with APLU to jointly lead an urban agenda for the nation’s public universities.

About US 


The Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU) is a university president-led organization committed to achieving equitable and sustainable economic, health, and educational outcomes for historically marginalized and disenfranchised student populations on campus and within our urban communities.

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1220 L Street NW Suite 1000

Washington, DC 20005

Tel: 202-478-6051

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