Since 1989, CUMU has become a leading voice and forum for higher education leaders anchoring and energizing urban and metropolitan communities. We help our members contend with the complexities of their work by providing opportunities for them to exchange ideas for how to dismantle barriers and institutionalize practices that enable intentional, transformative change involving students, faculty, staff, and community partners.

A membership for your entire campus

CUMU provides unique opportunities for everyone on your campus—senior leadership, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and partners—to participate in and benefit from CUMU.

Connect. Learn. Collaborate.

Our campuses are on the edge of what is happening in higher education and society. The power of CUMU is our ability to connect and convene members to address critical challenges, share impactful solutions, and gain national visibility.

  • Metropolitan Universities journal
  • Research agenda and fellows program
  • Grant-funded pilot programs
  • Member news-driven monthly newsletter
  • Social media and marketing campaigns
  • Annual conference and regional meetings
  • Role-based and thematic huddles
  • Anchor Learning Network
  • Learning & Sharing Virtual Series
  • Barbara A. Holland Scholar-Administrator Award

About membership

CUMU membership includes everyone on your campus—senior leadership, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and partners—and allows them participate in and benefit from CUMU.

  • Annual dues are the same for all institutional members, regardless of size.
  • Membership is open on a rolling basis.
  • FY25 institutional membership dues are $3,900 (07/01/2024–06/30/2025).


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Member campus designee

A critical way we engage with CUMU members is through a campus designee. Each member has at least one designee who serves as the primary point of contact and helps their institution make the most of their membership. The designee is usually someone who holds a leadership position and is involved in critical aspects of their campus’ role as an urban or metropolitan college/university, and is knowledgeable of membership benefits, engages in our programming, encourages others to get involved, shares information with the president/chancellor, sends us success stories to promote, etc.

  • Are you a CUMU member but not sure who your designee is? Contact us to find out.
  • Are you the campus designee and want to learn more about programming, opportunities to get involved, and ways to promote your membership across campus? Contact us to schedule a call.

Current CUMU members

CUMU is unique. While our 115+ members are spread across four countries on three continents, they are committed to CUMU’s place-based mission and share similar values and challenges. We welcome all types of campuses and our current CUMU membership includes private and public institutions; four-year and community colleges; historically Black colleges and universities; large research universities; liberal arts colleges; and religiously affiliated institutions.







American University

Arizona State University

Augsburg University

Barnard College

Baylor University

Brown University

Buffalo State University

California State University, Dominguez Hills

California State University, Long Beach

California State University, Los Angeles

California State University, Northridge

California State University, Sacramento

California State University, San Bernardino

California State University, San Marcos

Case Western Reserve University

Central Connecticut State University

CETYS University

Clayton State University

College of Staten Island, CUNY

Colorado State University Spur

Community College of Philadelphia

Coppin State University

Dallas College

DePaul University

Drexel University

Duquesne University

Fairleigh Dickinson University

Florida Atlantic University

Florida International University

Gannon University

The George Washington University

Georgetown University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Guilford College

Indiana University Northwest

Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Indiana University South Bend

Johns Hopkins University

Kean University

Leeds Beckett University

Loyola University Chicago

Marquette University

Medgar Evers College

Medical College of Wisconsin

Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska

Metropolitan State University

Metropolitan State University of Denver

Michigan State University

Montclair University

Mount Saint Mary College

Morgan State University

New York University

Northeastern Illinois University

Oakland University

The Ohio State University

Pace University

Portland State University

Purdue University Fort Wayne

Purdue University Northwest

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rollins College

Rutgers University – Camden

Rutgers University – Newark

Saint Louis University

Saint Paul College

San Diego State University

Stanford University

Stockton University

Swarthmore College

Syracuse University

Temple University

Towson University

Tulane University

The University of Akron

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

University of Baltimore

University of Central Florida

University of Central Oklahoma

The University of Chicago

University of Colorado – Denver

University of Connecticut, Hartford

University of Dayton

University of Denver

University of Houston

University of Houston-Downtown

University of Kansas Medical Center

University of La Verne

University of Louisville

University of Maryland, Baltimore

University of Massachusetts Lowell

University of Massachusetts Boston

University of Michigan Dearborn

University of Michigan Flint

University of Minnesota

University of Missouri Extension and Engagement

University of Missouri-Kansas City

University of Missouri-St. Louis

University of Nebraska at Omaha

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

University of North Texas at Dallas

University of Pennsylvania

University of Pittsburgh

University of Pretoria

University of San Diego

University of South Carolina Upstate

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

The University of Texas at Dallas

The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

The University of Utah

University of the District of Columbia

University of the Western Cape

Vanderbilt University

Virginia Commonwealth University

Wagner College

Washington State University Tri-Cities

Washington University in St. Louis

Weber State University

West Chester University

Worcester State University

Xavier University of Louisiana

York University

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