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Chicago, IL 60601
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Argosy University-Chicago

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The Argosy University (AU) Chicago campus is located in the heart of downtown Chicago, Ill, and is one of several locations across the country. This institution is the product of a merger between three schools of higher learning which occurred in 2001 and is as follows: the American Schools of Professional Psychology (ASPP), the Medical Institute of Minnesota (MIM) and the University of Sarasota. This powerful combination of noteworthy schools provides a wide range of opportunities for any student wishing to advance his or her career and is accredited by the Illinois Board of Higher Education to award over 15 degrees and licenses which cover a broad spectrum of areas in the business, administrative, and medical fields.


Students have the option of enrolling in many different programs as they work towards a certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Classes are taught by practicing professionals, and involve coursework, hands-on experience, and active participation, which combine to provide a successful education.

Current schools and programs on this particular campus include:

  • College of Business
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Services
  • College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences
  • College of Undergraduate Studies
  • Counselor Education
  • Illinois School of Professional Psychology
  • Marriage and Family Therapy

Most Popular Fields of Study


Though each program has its own admission requirements, each applicant has to complete the following in order to be considered for entry – an application either in person, via mail or online. There is a small, non-refundable application fee. The application has to be submitted with certain personal information about the applicant’s previous educational history, e.g. high school diploma or GED certificate, transcripts from other schools attended, and scores of tests taken like the SAT or ACT. Counseling is available along with campus visits and online information sessions to help determine which degree program is will best in serve a student’s goals or reasons for attending college.

Persons whose primary language is not English and/or international students have to submit scores for the TOEFL test which can be taken in person or online. Visiting the campus either in person or online is highly recommended as it allows a student to sit down with a counselor from the admissions department to help answer any questions.

Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and the university’s own Institutional Application for Financial Aid. This form determines eligibility, federal funding amounts for various types of loans and for the Pell grant (which does not have to be paid back) based on the applicant’s financial data. The form can be submitted online or mailed. Students are also encouraged to apply for financial aid or grants that may be provided in the state they reside in, institutional aid of various types, private loans from banks, and scholarships.

AU offers several scholarships to new enrollees and one to current students. Following are the names of the awards in which new applicants can apply for:

  • Academic
  • Alumni
  • Community Service
  • Community College
  • Diversity
  • Leadership
  • Returning Adult

The AU Merit award is available to current students. Each award amount is between $1,000 and $5,000 and can be for 1 to 3 terms or semesters. The Merit award is given to students who have financial hardship. The Alumni award is for people who have received a degree from AU in the past and return to continue pursuing his or her degree program. Another interesting scholarship is the Community Service award which is given to students who have an exceptional record in serving their community. The Diversity award is similar to the Community Service award where the student demonstrates service to his or her culture. In addition, prospective candidates have to write a 500 word essay. All of the aforementioned scholarships require students to maintain 3.0 GPA or higher.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 2389th for the average student loan amount.
Secrets to getting the best scholarships and financial aid in Illinois.


Potential students who are usually busy working during the day can take classes online and on campus day or night. Students can also take classes on the weekends. Classes usually run for 7 and a half to 15 weeks at a time. AU has over 14,000 graduates, nearly 4,000 undergrad students and more than 18,000 students nationwide. Most of these students are working adults with work schedules that may not allow them to be in a traditional classroom. Others are military personnel, their spouses, or veterans who have taken advantage of the special programs geared to assist these individuals in enhancing their education.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Additional School Information

The online campus boasts the largest number of graduate participation in the country and it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association. Online students are assigned a finance and admissions counselor that stays with them throughout their educational tenure. The faculty are specially trained to provide personal care for each student they are responsible for teaching. These opportunities, combined with a vibrant community of fellow students, alumni and supportive staff makes for the successful education.


The institution as a whole is accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The Master of Arts in Community Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Information Summary

Ranks 118th in Illinois and 3501st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 12,408 0.46
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 431 0.02
Forcible Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 13,975 0.52
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 26,420 0.98
Larceny 72,373 2.68
Vehicle theft 19,446 0.72

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Chicago, IL 60601
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population5,591 (5,591 urban / N/A rural)
Households3,501 (1.59 people per house)
Median Household Income$77,374
Families1,327 (2.33 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateArts & sciences focus, high graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentMajority graduate/professional
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1707

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 2899th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $13,464 $13,464 $13,464
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $199 $199 $199
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $561 $561 $561
FT Graduate Tuition $13,158 $13,158 $13,158
FT Graduate Required Fees $470 $470 $470
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $731 $731 $731
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $14,663 $14,663 $14,663
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,063 $25,063 $25,063
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $21,935 $21,935 $21,935

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $12,612 $12,685 $12,612 $12,685 $12,612 $12,685
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,000 $1,200
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $4,988 $4,926
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,624 $5,554
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $7,430 $7,336

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 63 11 10 2 42 5 133
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 2 2
Applied Psychology 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 31 5 8 1 11 2 58
Clinical, Counseling and Applied Psychology, Other 5 5
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 1 1
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1 2 3
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 1 1 1 3
Mental Health Counseling/Counselor 18 2 14 1 35
Organizational Behavior Studies 1 1 1 2 5
Psychology, General 8 2 1 7 1 19

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 689th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $80,942 ($79,698 male / $64,388 female)
Number of FT Faculty 20 (9 male / 11 female)
Number of PT Faculty 146
FT Faculty Ratio 0.1 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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