The following organizations and lists do not comprise all the private and independent institutions in the United States.
Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities (AICCU)
is comprised of 85 independent, nonprofit institution located in California.
Some member institutions participate in the ADT program. The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT), also known as the Degree with a Guarantee, is a transfer pathway articulated between California Community Colleges (CCC), the California State University (CSU), and participating AICCU institutions. While similar to the CSU ADT, there are also some differences due to the independent nature of the state’s nonprofit institutions. Unlike CSU, AICCU institutions are not part of a system and each campus has its own admission and graduation requirements. If an ADT transfer student meets all the requirements of admission to a participating institution, admission is guaranteed to that college as opposed to a system. Click here to see a matrix of participating institutions and majors.
National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)
is comprised of more than 1,000 institutions and associations of private, nonprofit higher education in the United State. Use the Member Directory
to search for institutions.
The University and College Accountability Network (UCAN)
is maintained by the NAICU and provides students and families information and profiles for member institutions.
Private Colleges: FactFile 2019 presents a snapshot of America's robust private, nonprofit college and university sector. The private college sector includes traditional liberal arts colleges, major research universities, church- and faith-related institutions, historically black colleges and universities, women's colleges, performing and visual arts institutions, two-year colleges, and schools of law, medicine, engineering, business, and other professions.