History

AICCU institutions have had a remarkable impact on the State’s economic vitality, cultural enrichment, social betterment, and community fabric for more than 150 years. Beginning in 1851, private nonprofit colleges and universities were the first institutions of higher education in California. By 1864, when the first University of California campus opened, the private nonprofit colleges had more than twelve years of experience shaping the state’s educated citizens. Consistent with the values that make California great, its private nonprofit colleges and universities provide options in size, location, program offerings, and cost to the state’s diverse population.

AICCU was founded March 3, 1955 to support, strengthen, and help assure the effectiveness of California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities. AICCU is not a system, but a voluntary association of the state’s diverse private higher education institutions that are dedicated to sharing ideas, coordinating research, and collaborating on public policy.

It is as true today as it was in 1955 that AICCU’s mission is to promote, coordinate, and advise California’s private nonprofit colleges and universities to serve the state, students, families, and their communities.