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

For 7 straight years, the out-of-pocket net* undergraduate tuition at WAICU colleges and universities has been under $5,500. This is just 2/3 of the average tuition/fees at the 4-year UW campuses.

*Net tuition means price minus aid to students 

2015 WAICU Tuition Survey

WAICU Illinois School Counselor Workshop

Registration is now open for our Illinois school counselor workshop, to be held on March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg IL. School counselors will hear presentations from each WAICU college and university about new programs and majors, scholarships and grants, and all the latest admissions information. To learn more about this free professional development opportunity for counselors, visit our Counselors Page on WisconsinsPrivateColleges.org.