Myths and Questions

9 Myths about Private Nonprofit Higher Education from NAICU on Vimeo.

Question: What is the Common App?
Answer: The Common Application affords students the opportunity to complete one application that can be used to apply to approximately 450 member colleges, including several AICCU institutions. Member schools are listed online and with the application. The colleges have agreed to make no distinction between their application and the Common Application Students are encouraged to make use of this time saving tool.

Myth #1: Private schools are too expensive
Reality: Since 2000, tuition costs have increased by 173% at CSU schools and 208% at UCs while AICCU tuition rates have only increased by 90%. Seventy-eight percent (78%) of students at AICCU institutions receive Institutional Grants to help pay for tuition. Overall, 86% of students at AICCU institutions receive some type of aid.

Myth #2: Private schools are harder to get in to and you have to have very high grades
Reality: Most independent colleges and universities consider a number of factors other than grades. These factors can include: High School coursework, GPA, Entrance Test Scores (ACT/SAT), Essay, Activities/Community Service, Honors & Awards, Letters of Recommendation, Interviews/Auditions, etc.

Myth #3: The student populations aren’t diverse
Reality: AICCU member institutions enroll students from every background and ethnicity. Minorities are the majority (59%) across AICCU institutions.

Myth #4: It will take me longer to earn my degree
Reality: AICCU member colleges are very proud to have the highest graduation rates; where our students graduate at a rate of 12% higher than the UCs and 23% higher than CSU schools. In addition, class sizes are often smaller at AICCU schools leading to more direct student-faculty interaction, with the average student to faculty ration 12:1.