Higher Education

At a glance

Community college students walking and talking in between classes

Higher education leaders turn to Baker Tilly to enhance student and institutional success. Our client focus spans from effective risk management to innovative solutions to compliant fiscal reporting and operational controls.

Colleges and universities are under increasing pressure to improve student success and engagement while meeting demands for greater transparency and affordability. More than ever, stakeholders are asking challenging questions on topics including academic and admissions integrity, enrollment management, cybersecurity and student wellness.

This ever-changing environment presents unique opportunities for (and expectations that) institutions transform in new and bold ways, such as adopting advanced data analytics and strategic human capital management. To be successful, institutions must harness the power of an integrated partner who can collaborate with leaders across all functions and levels to facilitate solutions from an institution-wide perspective.

Let's face the future, together.
We have a responsibility to our schools and the public to make well-informed educated decisions. It is important that our advisors are meticulous in what they do, proactive in the way they do it and possess a high level of knowledge in the higher education industry. Baker Tilly is one such firm.
Audit Committee Chair, large state system
Higher Ed Advisor is Baker Tilly's podcast

Higher Ed Advisor: A Baker Tilly Podcast

Higher Ed Advisor is Baker Tilly's podcast focused on relevant insights for college, university and research institution leaders, including series on fiscal resiliency, collegiate athletics and esports, health and wellness and data analytics.

Our solutions

Graduation caps are thrown in the air in celebration

As a forward-looking, collaborative and consultative ally, our unique insights derive from a specialized focus on higher education clients and issues. Our dedicated Value Architects™ give you access to the industry’s most strategic thinking to bring transformative guidance and impactful solutions required to nimbly manage matters related to:

Fiscal resiliency
Collegiate athletics and esports
  • Athletic department and program analysis
  • Esports department and program assessments and governance
  • Name, image and likeness (NIL) compliance and regulatory oversight
  • NCAA agreed-upon procedures
  • NCAA compliance (and other regulatory compliance)
  • Policies and procedures
  • Recruiting strategies
  • Scholarship management
Risk advisory and internal audit
Accounting and assurance

Recognizing that all higher education and research institutions must balance numerous priorities with finite resources, we bring tailored, innovative strategies and practicality to every situation so you can focus on your institutional mission.

By the numbers


private institutions


public institutions


state systems


research institutions, including 55 institutions classified as highest research activity*

10 of the top 15

highest recipients of federal funding**


religious institutions


liberal arts institutions

Among my various legacy contributions to this place over 20 years, I rank bringing on Baker Tilly to assist us near the top of the list.
(Former) General Counsel, Ivy League institution
They have been very client focused, they know their respective technical areas and treat us as an important client. Both management and the audit committee recognize the enhanced technical and service quality we have received from Baker Tilly.
Audit Committee Chair, large private institution