Higher Education

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At a glance

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.

Higher education leaders are under increasing pressure to enhance student success while balancing demands for greater transparency and affordability. More than ever, stakeholders are asking tough questions on topics such as academic and admissions integrity, enrollment management, cybersecurity and student wellness. This new environment presents unique opportunities for (and expectations that) institutions transform in new and bold ways such as adoption of 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.

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

Our solutions

A forward-looking, collaborative and consultative ally, our unique insights derive from a specialized focus on higher education clients and issues. Our dedicated practitioners give you access to the industry’s best thinking to bring you unique insights and impactful solutions required to nimbly manage issues related to:

  • Affordability and strategic resource alignment
  • Board and audit committee governance
  • Cybersecurity and privacy
  • Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
  • External Audit
  • Enrollment and retention
  • Enterprise risk management
  • Fiscal resilience
  • Fraud, ethics and academic integrity
  • Human capital management
  • Internal Audit
  • Research and grants compliance
  • Student wellness
  • Tax preparation and compliance

Recognizing that all higher education and research institutions must balance competing priorities with limited resources, we bring tailored, innovative solutions 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