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 (§§ 15.185(5)(c), 15.377, 15.67, 15.675(1)(c), 16.979, 36.31(2m)(a)3, 39.285, 39.30, 39.41, 39.435, 39.437(4)(a), 115.297, 118.55, 440.52(11)(d)) and 2011 Governor’s Executive Order #37, 2012 Governor’s Executive Order #59, 2013 Governor’s Executive Order #97, 2015 Governor’s Executive Order #147, and 2018 Governor’s Executive Order #270 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities.

Fact of the Month

Pell Grant recipients’ chances of graduating in four years are higher at WAICU-member colleges and universities than at public universities in Wisconsin (33 vs. 20 percent).

Source: IPEDS, 2018

Wisconsin Private College Week

The joint open house of Wisconsin's 24 private, nonprofit colleges and universities is July 27 - August 1, 2020. During Wisconsin Private College Week, prospective students and their families can tour campuses, learn about admissions and financial aid, meet current students, and more!