USU members are public urban research universities that are located in metropolitan areas with populations of 450,000 or greater. They enroll 10 or more doctoral students per year, conduct at least 10 million dollars of research and demonstrate a commitment to their urban areas.

Public urban research universities have an ability—and the obligation—to provide innovative solutions to the challenges their cities face. Each USU member is actively working to address critical issues and to develop additional support for their communities. Below is a list of our current members. Access membership application form here


California State University, Fresno

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Northridge

Cleveland State University

Downstate Health Sciences University

Florida International University

Georgia State University

Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis

Morgan State University

Portland State University

Rutgers University - Newark

San Jose State University

Temple University

The Ohio State University

The University of Akron

University at Albany, SUNY

University of Alabama, Birmingham

University of California, Riverside

University of Central Florida

University of Cincinnati

University of Colorado, Denver

University of Houston

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Memphis

University of New Mexico

University of New Orleans

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

University of North Texas

University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas at San Antonio

University  of Toledo

University of Washington, Tacoma

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wayne State University

37 Universities

Enrolling a total of 1,134,176


40% Pell Recipients

52% Racial/Ethnic Minority Students

20% Adult Learners (>25)


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