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The Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (WAICU) is the official organization representing Wisconsin's 24 private nonprofit colleges and universities working together for educational opportunity.

What’s in a name?

There’s a lot of history behind the names of Wisconsin’s private, nonprofit colleges and universities. Read on to find out what “Nashotah” means in the Chippewa language, who St. Norbert was, where the city of Carthage is located (spoiler alert: it’s not in Wisconsin), and how much a pound of bacon cost when Columbia College of Nursing was founded, among other fun facts.