About Us

WisconsinsPrivateColleges.org is created and maintained by The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU).

WAICU was founded in 1961 and 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, 39.395, 39.41, 39.435, 39.437(4)(a), 39.49, 115.297, 118.19(1c)(a), 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, 2018 Governor’s Executive Order #270, 2019 Governor’s Executive Order #37, and 2021 Governor’s Executive Order #151 as the official organization of Wisconsin nonprofit, private (or independent) colleges and universities. Each WAICU member is a nonprofit, fully accredited, degree-granting institution, but each is unique, with its own mission and culture. All are open to people of every race, religion, and economic circumstance. All are student-centered, offering small class sizes, individual attention from professors, opportunities for involvement and leadership, and generous financial aid that makes a private higher education affordable for all qualified students.

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WAICU: Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges working together for educational opportunity.