The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts (AICUM).


Who We Are:


Established in 1967 by college and university presidents, AICUM is the leading voice on public policy issues affecting independent higher education in Massachusetts. The association is comprised of 60 degree-granting, accredited, independent (private) colleges and universities across the Commonwealth.

AICUM works closely with its member institutions to strengthen higher education, to advocate for need-based financial aid for Massachusetts students, and to address state and federal legislative and regulatory issues.The Association also promotes increased awareness of the significant contributions by colleges and universities to the cultural,  economic, and knowledge-based reputation of the state.


What We Do:


  • AICUM advocates for independent higher education in Massachusetts–focusing on issues affecting both students and colleges.
  • AICUM works with legislators and government agencies at all levels to help support and frame policies, regulations and legislation. Helping students advocate for increased need-based financial aid at the State House is an example of this work.
  • AICUM is a liaison to a variety of education-focused organizations at the state and national level.
  • AICUM ensures that information about individual Massachusetts colleges–and about the Commonwealth as a hub of academic activity–is available nationally and internationally.
  • AICUM sponsors informational programs and seminars on broad issues of interest to the higher education community.


Use Our Website to:


  • Learn about and support issues and policies that affect Massachusetts higher education. Click on Policy and check out our Blog and Legislative Update.
  • Find out about member colleges, AICUM events for colleges and students, and other resources. Click on Colleges or Facts and Figures.
  • Find a college or university that is just right for you, one of your students, or someone in your family. Click on Students and Find a College in Massachusetts.