Welcome to the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities

The voice of U.S. Catholic higher education

A voluntary association, ACCU was founded in 1899 by 53 delegates from Catholic colleges throughout the United States. Since then, the association has grown fourfold to represent more than 90 percent of accredited Catholic institutions of higher learning in the United States, plus approximately two dozen international universities. 

ACCU’s principal purposes are to help member institutions strengthen their stated Catholic mission and to foster collaboration among Catholic colleges and universities.

StPetersSee pictures from the recent ACCU Rome Seminar on our Flickr page.




Read the summer 2014 edition of Update, which looks at efforts to assess Catholic identity, what it's like to be the first lay president of a Catholic college, instilling Catholic Social Teaching into day-to-day organizational management, and new reports on ACCU-funded research.


Now Available:

Stewardship & Campus Operations: The newest brochure in the "Strengthening Catholic Identity" series offers ideas for campus leaders in human resources, purchasing, investments, and the physical plant.


Order Your Copy:

A Mission Officer Handbook: Advancing Catholic Identity and University Mission

Advancing the Catholic identity and institutional mission of a faith-based institution in a complex secular culture is challenging. Edited by ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle, A Mission Officer Handbook is designed to assist anyone, especially the campus mission officer, in strengthening the religious mission of their faith-based college or university. Visit the Publications page for more information.
♦ Order your printed copy for $24.99 or download the book for Kindle for $14.99. 


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Read the summer 2014 edition of Update
Learn about the new Catholic Identity Mission Assessment Project
Read the new Journal of Catholic Higher Education
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