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.


Check out our new infographic, showing the value of Catholic higher education!



The spring edition of the ACCU newsletter, Update, is here! Highlights include:
  • The efforts of new campus presidents to promote Catholic identity
  • 15 leadership lessons from Pope Francis
  • An update on research centers at Catholic colleges and universities, and much more!

Download your copy 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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