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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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.
The Fall 2016 issue focuses on success and innovation at Rockford University, students scholars from Monmouth College and Principia College, ACI’s expanded Peer Mentoring Program, a new ACI Named Scholarship program, plus a UPS scholarship program for students at ACI-affiliated colleges. News includes a new ACI partnership with The Back Office Cooperative, fall professional development conferences and new Board of Trustees members. Finally, save the date for our spring fundraising reception, April 21, 2017, in Chicago!
ACI MEMBER COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES