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.

See you in Washington, DC...
Capitol-DomeThe 2015 ACCU Annual Meeting takes placeWashington-Monument
January 31–February 2

Planning to attend? Don't forget to download the meeting app and stay up to date on the latest meeting news and information!


The 2015 ACCU Mission Officer Institute
June 8-11, 2015
Lewis University, Romeoville, IL

New mission officers: Join us this summer to hone your professional development and become inspired to advance mission in a holistic and meaningful way. Designed around the theme, “The Many Hats of the Mission Officer,” the Institute will feature presentations, discussions, and activities that acknowledge the mission officer’s complex, multifaceted role within the Catholic university community, with a particular emphasis on the mission officer as formator, administrator, and catalyst.


Questions? Contact Fr. Mark Pranaitis, ACCU vice president of operations.


Now available: 

Winter2014-UpdateUpdate, Winter 2014
Hot off the presses, the newest edition of the ACCU newsletter spotlights the ways that Catholic colleges and universities demonstrate their bold voice. Other features explore peer ministry programs, reasons to form a mission effectiveness committee, and the intersection of labor and Catholic Social Teaching. Read the winter issue...


Student Access and Admissions


Student Access & Admissions—The latest brochure in the "Strengthening Catholic Identity" series!

As admissions officers at Catholic colleges and universities field questions from potential students, they have a unique opportunity to convey the values and strengths that distinguish their campus from secular counterparts.



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