Diversity Is Our Default

Our colleges make it a top priority to ensure all students thrive by cultivating a welcoming learning environment on all our campuses. At Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges, diversity is our default:

  • Thirty-three percent of students at our colleges are age 25 and older, taking advantage of flexible evening classes and continuing education programs (compared to 21 percent at public universities in Wisconsin). [1]
  • Twenty-four percent of undergraduates at our colleges are minorities (compared to 17 percent at public universities in Wisconsin). [1]
  • Twenty-seven percent of undergraduates at our colleges are first-generation students, meaning they will be among the first in their families to earn a college degree. [2]
  • Thirty percent of students at our colleges are from low-income households, or eligible for federal Pell Grants (compared to 24% at public universities in Wisconsin). [3]

For nine years running, different member-colleges of the Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) have hosted the WAICU Diversity Conference, which features a weekend of collaboration between over a hundred students, several keynote speakers, and other coordinators. Activities include workshops, open mics, and networking, all with the common goal of creating welcoming campuses that cater to the diverse student populations that make them successful.

If you’re interested in attending a university that puts diversity first, WAICU has you covered. Schedule a visit at one (or several!) of our colleges during Private College Week (July 8 – 13, 2019) and contribute to an ever-growing network of diversity, education, and success.

[1] IPEDS, 2017

[2] WAICU Institutional Survey, 2017

[3] IPEDS, 2016-17

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