WAICU at a glance

This is WAICU

Wisconsin's private, nonprofit colleges and universities working together for educational opportunity.

The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is the organization of the twenty-four independent (or private) institutions of higher learning in Wisconsin. Membership is limited to accredited, nonprofit institutions, headquartered in Wisconsin. The presidents of these institutions lead WAICU as its board of directors. All of WAICU's programs support educational opportunity.


WAICU is recognized in state statutes (ss. 15.105(25m), 15.377, 15.67, 16.979, 36.31(2m)(a)1, 36.31(2m)(a)3, 38.50, 39.285, 39.30, 39.41, 39.435, 39.437(4)(a), 115.297, and 118.55) and 2011 Governor's Executive Order # 37, 2012 Governor's Executive Order #59, 2013 Governor's Executive Order #97, and 2015 Governor's Executive Order #147 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities and their nearly 60,000 students.

Fact of the Month

At WAICU colleges and universities, 30 percent of undergraduates are first-generation students.

Source: IPEDS: Fall Enrollment Survey, 2014

Wisconsin's Private College Week

WAICU is once again coordinating Private College Week from July 13-18. Our goal is to encourage students and families to visit member campuses and learn about the unique opportunities that each has to offer. WAICU works very closely with our members to coordinate events, communication, and marketing.