Membership in the Presidents’ Alliance connects you to high-quality resources, up-to-date information about developments in immigration, and a national network of higher education leaders committed to supporting immigrant and international students.

What We’re Working Towards

Our Alliance seeks to expand efforts to increase access and equity for immigrant and refugee students and attract and retain international students.

Near-term priorities:

  • Develop a national strategy to recruit and retain international students and scholars
  • Advocate for a pathway to citizenship or permanent residency for DACA recipients and other Dreamers
  • Increase refugee student access to higher education in the U.S.
  • Expand higher education accessibility and affordability and workplace eligibility to undocumented and other immigrant students
  • Strengthen the capacity of colleges and universities to improve campus services, policies, and practices


  • Meet critical workforce and labor market needs in our communities and states
  • Nurture talent and innovation
  • Increase equity and diversity at higher education institutions
  • Address the global demand for high quality education.

Benefits of Membership

Support for your staff

  • Customized technical assistance
  • Webinars and trainings
  • Regular member updates on all immigration matters that intersect with higher education
  • Communities of practice on issues related to state policy, enrolling refugee students, and supporting undocumented students
Policy and Advocacy

  • Policy and communications tools and resources
  • Briefings and webinars analyzing current policy and litigation developments
  • Days of action and fly-ins
  • Voluntary opportunities to join amicus briefs in support of court cases (e.g. support of international or immigrant students for OPT or DACA)
  • Template letters and support in reaching out to your legislators
National networks

  • Reduced registration fees for our convenings
  • Opportunities to collaborate with state and national organizations
  • Early previews of new national programs and participation opportunities

Join Us

Only college and university presidents and chancellors at U.S. nonprofit colleges and universities may join the Presidents’ Alliance as regular institutional members. To join, click here.  Non-profit organizations can apply to join as Affiliate Partners.

The Alliance has annual voluntary membership contributions based on your institution’s full-time equivalent student enrollment (FTE) and total education and general expenditures (E&G) – see here for more details.  While the Alliance presents opportunities for members to engage, we do not have required meetings or activities.

The Presidents’ Alliance also offers a Leadership Circle for dedicated members who are leaders in our work and committed to enhanced support of our mission. Members in the Leadership Circle contribute a membership fee of $15,000 or $25,000, scaled in accordance with the Presidents’ Alliance institutional membership costs. For more information about the Presidents’ Alliance Leadership Circle, contact

Who We Are

The Presidents’ Alliance is a nonpartisan, nonprofit education and advocacy organization. As the only national organization exclusively focused on the intersection of higher education and immigration, we engage higher education leaders to support forward-looking immigration policies and practices. You can find more information about the Presidents’ Alliance here.

Our Members

Membership in the Presidents’ Alliance provides college and university presidents with the resources they need to engage on issues at the intersection of immigration and higher education. 


presidents and chancellors


states, D.C., and Puerto Rico


students enrolled in our member institutions

Presidents’ Alliance Member Institutions by Carnegie Classification and Control

Data as of January 2023

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration is a partner project of the National Center for Civic Innovation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to facilitate the ability of cities and communities throughout the United States to improve quality of life and the performance of government and nonprofit organizations.