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

WAICU member financial support to students through campus employment opportunities has more than tripled since 1999, from $1.7 to $5.3 million.

Source – HEAB reports - Wisconsin State Student Financial Aid Data

WAICU School Counselor Workshops

WAICU is once again hosting a series of School Counselor Workshops this fall across Wisconsin. These professional development opportunities give counselors and other educators a chance to learn what Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities have to offer their students. Participants will hear presentations from admissions representatives from WAICU-member campuses and from WAICU. Counselors will also have the chance to talk one-to-one with campus representatives to learn about admissions requirements, areas of study, student life, campus services and resources, and much more. Click the above link for information on dates, times, and location and to register. Please email Mark Navarro, WAICU director of outreach, with any questions.