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)(c), 15.377, 15.67, 15.675(1)(c), 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, 2015 Governor's Executive Order #147, and 2015 Wisconsin Act 208 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities and their more than 57,000 students.

Fact of the Month

In 1991, bachelor’s degree holders captured 40% of the well-paying jobs. In 2015, fouryear degree holders captured a majority (55%) of the wellpaying jobs, an increase in share of over 35%.

Source: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, 2017.

School Counselor Workshops

WAICU hosts School Counselor Workshops around the state and in Minneapolis (Twin Cities), Minnesota and in northern Illinois, providing an opportunity for school counselors to meet with the admission representatives from our member colleges and universities.  Wisconsin workshops will be held in the fall, and Illinois and Minnesota events will be held in March. For more information or to register, click here.