Our mission: Associated Colleges of Illinois (ACI) helps first-generation, minority and low-income students succeed in college, career and life, and supports member schools advancing liberal arts education.
How we work: ACI is a collaboration of 22 private, nonprofit, residential colleges and universities. The organization works with business and community leaders to help first-generation, minority and low-income students succeed, and it works to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of independent higher education.
Explore the creative ways Illinois’ smaller, private colleges and universities address some of the most challenging issues facing elementary, secondary, and higher education.
Meet the robust network of ACI’s 22 private, nonprofit colleges and universities — all committed to liberal arts as the foundation for success in both careers and civic engagement.
Join the generous foundations, corporations, and individuals who help ACI bring the benefits of private higher education to an increasingly diverse student population.
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Build a Corporate Partnership or Sponsorship with ACI – and access a variety of formal and informal opportunities to present goods and services to ACI member institutions.
THE POWER OF LIBERAL ARTS
Private liberal arts colleges such as ACI members achieve higher rates of degree completion and alumni satisfaction than public universities. Alumni of these colleges generally have lower debt than other students, are more satisfied with their education, and more engaged in their communities. Explore the Power of Liberal Arts.
Learn about new programs and accomplishments at Associated Colleges of Illinois and our member colleges and universities.
In the Summer 2016 issue, read about new programs and a transformative science center under construction at North Central College. Meet three ACI scholars, and learn how ACI is making a difference in their lives. ACI’s Scholarship and Recognition Reception raised funds to further student success at member colleges and universities, and we announce a significant expansion of ACI’s Peer Mentoring Program this year. Read our latest news, and be sure to view an interesting infographic about students’ college expectations from Aramark, an ACI Corporate Partner.