CUMU members span the country and globe and are united by a shared philosophy of service to their communities. Together, CUMU members serve 52 different MSAs across the country and 2 provinces in Canada.
Quick facts about our membership
- 84% Public Institutions, 16% Private not-for-profit, 4 Historically Black College or University members
- Collectively we are serving a total U.S. population of over 140 million
- Serving 52 different MSAs across the country
- 70% of our members have received the coveted Carnegie Community Engagement Classification
- Our membership enrolls over 1.5 million students
- On average, 38% of our student body are receiving Pell Grants
- 46% of our students identify as a minority
- 25% of our undergraduate students are non-traditional age (over 25)
"CUMU is poised to advance urban and metropolitan universities and colleges at a critical moment in the history of American higher education. CUMU is heightening our commitment to enhancing deep learning for our students and true partnerships for our neighborhoods and urban communities, particularly in the areas of K-12 college readiness, economic development and health disparities. Our civic and research efforts are aligned with the urban and metropolitan challenges of our time."
- Dr. Richard Guarasci, President, Wagner College
"I am delighted to be serving as a member-at-large on the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities’ Executive Committee. I hope to focus on expanding international membership and increasing the involvement of our international members in Coalition activities as I feel the mission of my institution, and others like mine, closely align with CUMU’s values."
- Dr. David Atkinson, President, MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
"CUMU’s role as a convenor of, and resource to, urban and metropolitan universities has been a vital support to my campus leadership team and me as we meet the challenges and opportunities common to institutions, which reside in large communities. In particular, the portal with its library of materials and the chance to talk with other presidents at conferences and regional dialogue meetings has been of significant benefit."
- Dr. John Christensen, Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Omaha