Ashoka Changemaker Campuses: The Leading Designation for Social Innovation in Higher Education

Changemaker Campus is an Ashoka designation that recognizes colleges and universities with a proven track record of campus-wide excellence for social innovation and changemaking. These institutions collaborate with each other and Ashoka to advance social innovation and changemaking across higher education to graduate millions of changemakers.

Logo of Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Blue letter in bold at top saying Ashoka, U is outlined in white with an orange background. Underneath Ashoka U are the words Changemaker Campus in bold and Orange. To the right is a light orange tree.


Selection criteria includes a commitment to embedding changemaking across the academics and the institution itself. While they differ in terms of size, institutional type, geographic location, religious affiliation, and age, they are global leaders in social innovation and changemaking in higher education and share similar visions of what education and universities can be.

Based on insights from Changemaker Campuses, Ashoka U published Becoming a Changemaker Institution. It is a guidebook with both strategies and actions for educators who are ready to prepare the next generation of changemakers. This “do-it-yourself” guidebook is perfect for anyone interested in harnessing the power and potential of changemaker education at their own institution.

Note: Ashoka U is no longer designating new Changemaker Campuses* Ashoka U is transitioning to a new decentralized model in which we will focus on spreading ideas, enabling the leadership of our partners including Changemaker Campuses, and building collaborations on global and regional initiatives with Ashoka country offices and programs around the world.

*One exception is limited and targeted selection in Canada. 

The Campuses

Launched in 2008, Ashoka U offers the Changemaker Campus Designation to leading institutions in social innovation and changemaking in higher education. Changemaker Campuses empower students and all university stakeholders to be changemakers, firmly embed changemaking into their culture and operations, and work to address both local and global challenges. They are re-envisioning the role of higher education and the university in society as major drivers of social impact.