The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP), the only statewide organization that serves exclusively the interests of private higher education within the Commonwealth, exists to complement and support the work of campus leaders. Established in October 1995, through the affiliation of three existing educational organizations, the Association provides a variety of services and programs tailored specifically to the needs and situation of independent higher education in Pennsylvania. As the voice of independent higher education within the state, the Association seeks to inform the broader public including prospective students and their families about the colleges and universities that make up its membership. In short, the Association serves as a single point of contact for an entire sector.