​​CIC now serves more than 680 independent colleges and universities, including liberal arts, comprehensive, four-year, two-year, and international institutions. In addition, more than 50 national, state, and regional organizations are Affiliate Members and 26 state associations are State Council Members. CIC's annual retention rate among Institutional Members has exceeded 98 percent every year since 2010.

CIC offers a wide array of services and benefits exclusively for CIC members, which vary by membership type. Please select one of the membership options below to view information on benefits, membership criteria, and application procedures.

Institutional Membership

For independent, baccalaureate degree-granting colleges and universities of liberal arts.
Learn more about Institutional Membership.

International Membership

For independent, baccalaureate degree-granting institutions whose programs and facilities are located outside the United States.
Learn more about International Membership.

Associate Membership

For nonprofit, independent, associate's degree-granting colleges of liberal arts.
Learn more about Associate Membership.

Affiliate Membership

For nonprofit educational associations and organizations that serve independent colleges and universities.
Learn more about Affiliate Membership.

State Councils Membership

For state associations that serve independent colleges and universities.
Learn more about State Council Membership.

New CIC Members for 2021–2022

Institutional Members

Antioch College, OH
Hesston College, KS
Hodges University, FL
LeMoyne-Owen College, TN
Loma Linda University, CA
Martin Luther College, MN
Olivet Nazarene University, IL
Point University, GA

New CIC Members for 2020–2021

Institutional Members

Allen University, SC
Asbury University, KY
Beloit College, WI
Bethel University, IN
Clarkson University, NY
Elon University, NC
Hannibal-LaGrange University, MO
Kettering College, OH
Nazareth College, NY
Trevecca Nazarene University, TN
Xavier University of Louisiana

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If you have membership questions or need additional information about membership criteria and benefits, contact Kate Webber, CIC senior director of membership services, at (202) 466-7230 or