The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) is the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners.

Since its founding in 1989, CUMU has served as a convening agent for anchor institutions in education, healthcare, community development, and other fields that seek to partner to promote urban and metropolitan growth. CUMU founders created the organization to provide a platform for like-minded institutions to leverage one another and disseminate the “metropolitan university” identity.

Today, CUMU serves as an outlet for our growing membership to affirm their commitment to their identity as urban-serving institutions while facilitating networks of community-focused individuals.



Affirm your commitment to your identity as an urban-serving institution.

Members leverage CUMU membership and principles in branding, fundraising, and strategic planning initiatives.


What does it mean to be a “metropolitan university” and how are we distinct?

Many, if not all, CUMU members apply CUMU principles in their branding, fundraising campaigns, and strategic planning initiatives.


Gain visibility via conferences, initiatives, and storytelling platforms.

CUMU helps members make an impact by providing opportunities to share their solutions and gain visibility through conferences, initiatives, and storytelling platforms.


Together, we are able to influence policy agendas.

CUMU members work together to develop and promote policies and initiatives that foster advancement in these areas and work with other national organizations to secure resources for efforts that promote sustainable prosperity.


We connect members to change leaders.

Grow and strengthen your network with us. CUMU connects members to the people who are leading change across our campuses and in our cities.


Promoting partnerships for stakeholder engagement.

CUMU provides a forum for stakeholder engagement through the Metropolitan Universities journal, conferences, facilitated dialogues, the CUMU website, policy papers, and other efforts.