NACU is a national consortium of private, comprehensive colleges and universities that have small to mid-size enrollments (2,500 – 8,500 students). Collectively they are dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement.

NACU campuses connect scholarship, teaching, and service to fulfill their institutional missions. As a consequence of their inclusive character and size, members create an effective blending of classroom and community, coordinating theoretical and experiential learning through undergraduate and graduate research, professional practice and internships, and community-based economic and social development projects to generate a superior preparation for lives of personal meaning and career achievement.