What We Do

Students Hanging Out On Campus Steps - LAICUThe Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (LAICU) is a statewide nonprofit association which represents Louisiana’s 10 regionally accredited nonprofit private colleges and universities: Centenary College, Dillard University, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University, Louisiana College, Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Saint Joseph Seminary College, Tulane University, University of Holy Cross, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

28,000 plus students are served by Louisiana nonprofit private higher education. LAICU colleges and universities provide a tremendous return on investment in education, community development, skilled workforce creation, research, economic growth, and upward mobility for the people of Louisiana.

LAICU colleges and universities grow Louisiana: we keep Louisiana students in-state and also attract talent to the state.

LAICU colleges and universities are essential

We generate more than 8,900 direct private-sector jobs and over $600,000,000 in payroll annually.

LAICU colleges and universities are diverse

38% of the over 28,000 students served by the 10 nonprofit, private universities in Louisiana represent diverse populations.

LAICU colleges and universities are efficient

We enroll 16.3% of all students enrolled at 4-year institutions in Louisiana but award 20% of all degrees (including associate degrees).

LAICU colleges and universities are impacting Louisiana’s workforce

We have generated approximately 30% of the STEM jobs in Louisiana.

LAICU colleges and universities are affordable and accessible

35.% of our students are receiving the federal Pell Grant and over $351,000,000 of institutional grant aid (not loans) is awarded annually to students.

In addition to coordinating collaborative activities of its member institutions, LAICU works extensively in state and federal public policy arenas advocating on behalf of all LAICU colleges and universities, their faculty and staff, and the students served by Louisiana independent higher education.