Independent Affiliates Program Application

We warmly invite individuals who share our commitment to liberal education, quality, and equity in undergraduate learning to join forces and become part of the AAC&U community.

The Independent Affiliates Program is open to:

  • Faculty of all ranks and types at nonmember institutions*
  • Undergraduate and graduate students at nonmember institutions*
  • Professional staff at nonmember institutions*
  • Independent scholars
  • Retired faculty and administrators
  • Trustees
  • Alumni leaders
  • Business and community leaders

* Faculty, students, and professional staff at AAC&U member institutions are not eligible to enroll in the Independent Affiliates Program.  Instead, these colleagues are encouraged to join the Associates Program—also available at $70 per year—to deepen their engagement with AAC&U.

 Please direct questions you may have regarding eligibility or requests for additional information to our Membership Office at

Contact Information

The annual enrollment fee for the Independent Affiliates Program is $70. A payment invoice will be provided following the review/approval of your online application after submission.


In appreciation of their commitment and support, Independent Affiliates will receive subscriptions to AAC&U’s print periodicals (Liberal Education, Diversity & Democracy, Peer Review) and our regular online communications (AAC&U News and Liberal Education News).

Please designate your preference below if you wish to opt-out of subscriptions to AAC&U’s print periodicals:


The Independent Affiliates Program does not provide the same benefits as are provided to individuals through AAC&U institutional membership.