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.



Just published!
MissionOfficerHandbook2A Mission Officer Handbook: Collaborating with Partners
This second volume of A Mission Officer Handbook focuses on the varied roles of the mission officer as they relate to collaboration with those inside and outside the campus. More than 30 chapters, each written by experienced leaders, focus on ways for the mission officer to animate mission within academics, student affairs, campus ministry, and more. With addition paid to such contemporary issues as accountability and assessment, this is one book every mission officer should own! Order copies for your campus today...


Now available: 

Fair-Trade-coverFair Trade & Catholic Higher Education
The fair trade movement offers a way to respond to the urgent call to promote social justice, the dignity of work, and the wider sharing of resources and development. Download this new booklet from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities and be inspired by the examples of ACCU member institutions engaging with fair trade. You can also find more resources on our fair trade page!




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