Adler University (Chicago Campus)

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Adler University is dedicated to graduating practitioners who will lead social change and create a more just society, through degree programs, training, and community engagement focused on socially responsible practice. We were founded in Chicago in 1952 to continue the work of Alfred Adler, a physician and psychotherapist who emphasized the individual’s need to engage with community and create positive social impact. He believed that practitioners must advocate for change to create the systems and conditions that promote health and wellbeing. For Adler, equality, civil rights, mutual respect, and the advancement of democracy were core values. Adler’s concepts are the foundation for our mission, work, and curriculum today. We believe that by preparing socially responsible practitioners in fields from psychology and counseling, to public administration and policy, we can contribute to a more inclusive and equitable society.

Areas of Expertise

Our philosophy of graduate education is innovative and immersive: As an Adler University student, you will actively engage with your professional and local communities from the beginning of your degree program. You will collaborate with fellow students and your instructors to analyze and solve real-world social problems. You will deepen your skills across multiple areas of competence: practice, research, teaching, supervising, and more. You will graduate equipped for professional leadership, skilled practice, and lifelong learning in your field.

On Campus Housing

On-campus housing is not available. Admissions and/or Student Services may have information that can assist students in securing housing in close proximity to campus. Please contact for more information.

Incoming Students

Our campus location offers a wide range of options for students’ community service and professional practicums with public, not-for-profit, and business organizations that partner with the Adler School. Our state-of-the-art facility was designed to foster immersion learning and provides a blend of high-tech classrooms with social, study, and community work spaces.


• Academic, Cultural and Professional Development Seminars • Guest Lectures • Art Exhibits • Commencement • Community Service and Clinical Practicums


The Adler School offers numerous student organizations. We encourage students to develop as leaders, creating their own organizations on- and off-campus. To learn more about our student organizations, email

Information Technology

Wireless internet access, computer labs, online bookstore, student email, and campus library available.


• Adler Black Students Association • Adler Ethnic Minority Student Association • Adler Gender and Sexual Orientation Coalition • Adler Pride: LGBTQ & Allies • Asians for the Promotion of Mental Health • Feminism and Equality Alliance • International Students Association • Jewish Students Association • Latino/a Student Association • South Asian Student Association

Special Services

The Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT) helps students become tomorrow’s innovative leaders by providing one-on-one writing coaching sessions, skills evaluations, professional writing courses, and more. In addition, faculty-student forums facilitate discussion and learning outside the traditional classroom environment.

Affiliated Institutions

• Adler Child Guidance Center • LGBTQ Mental Health and Inclusion Center • Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice • Institute on Social Exclusion

Campus Tour

We invite you to come visit our campus, and to meet our admissions team, learn more about our programs, and talk with faculty. To schedule an appointment, please contact (866) 371-5900 or

Modified on August 19, 2016