A Voice For Higher Education

Greater Impact.
Higher Purpose.

Independent higher education institutions are innovative and diverse. Some are large and dynamic, supporting strong applied learning and online options that help students in all stages and walks of life. Others offer more intimate campus settings with a focus on the liberal arts and sciences. But as much as our institutions differ, they share a singular purpose: creating a highly educated and skilled workforce here in Michigan. 


Our Mission

As the voice of Michigan's not-for-profit institutions of higher education, our goal is to increase awareness of the impact MICU members have on higher education in Michigan through government relations, public policy development, and advocacy.


Our Impact

Offering a dynamic tapestry of high impact learning and engagement programs, a global perspective, and forward-leaning innovations, each of these 25 non-profit colleges and universities plays a distinctive role in Michigan’s progress. With smaller class sizes, higher graduation rates, and impressive job placement, independent colleges and universities deliver excellence year after year. With over 12,000 bachelor’s degrees awarded each year Michigan’s independent colleges and universities are strong contributors to the state’s talent pool.


$1 billion+

Billion Dollars invested

In the past decade, Michigan’s independent colleges & universities have invested over $1 billion in campus and local community capital projects



BAchelor’s Degrees Awarded Yearly

Each year, Michigan’s independent colleges & universities award more than 12,000 bachelor’s degrees



Michigan Employees

Michigan’s independent colleges & universities employ more than 17,000 faculty and staff in the state.


Our Member Services Programs

MICU facilitates cost saving initiatives and collaborative services to help save members time, money, and resources. Assisting with this allows members to focus on students and the success of their institutions. MICU works with members and vendors to establish and develop the best collaborative agreements available.


Our Members

Nonprofit four-year and higher institutions of higher education in Michigan, which are listed in the Higher Education Directory of the United States Department of Education, are eligible to apply for membership in the association.


Reports & Data

MICU produces regular original research highlighting the importance of higher education to Michigan’s students and the economy. From short infographics to large-scale reports, MICU is the state’s go-to place for information about higher education.


Independent Indicators

MICU creates a bi-weekly infographic with metrics and data on higher education success, access, affordability, and the economy. All infographics and supporting information are posted here and also shared in an email newsletter.