Abilene Christian University

2014 Quick Stats
ACU Box 29100

Abilene, TX 79699-9000

Phone: (325) 674-2000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 15
application deadline

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#19 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Regional Universities (West)

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Abilene Christian University is a private institution that was founded in 1906. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,626, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 208 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Abilene Christian University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), 19. Its tuition and fees are $28,350 (2013-14).

Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Abilene Christian University requires students to attend daily chapel sessions and take several Bible courses before graduation. Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on the school’s residential campus, located in Abilene, Texas, where they’ll find about 100 student clubs and organizations. About 20 percent of Abilene Christian students participate in Greek life. The Abilene Christian Wildcats compete in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference. For graduate students, Abilene Christian University offers programs through its business school and the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, among other academic departments. Notable alumni of Abilene Christian University include pastor and author Max Lucado, and Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears wide receiver.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Abilene Christian University is a vibrant, innovative community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world. While ACU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, the university welcomes all students who value the strong Christian environment and exceptional academic programs - pillars of an exceptional learning community committed to developing Christ-centered global leaders. ACU continues to receive worldwide recognition for its innovation in and out of the classroom. The incorporation of cutting-edge technology into learning has positioned the university as a world leader in the integration and study of mobile learning in which all students use their iPhones and iPads as part of the university's innovative academic and social experiences. ACU's diverse and global environment- its 4,400 students enroll from 47 states and territories, and 43 nations - cultivates a strong learning experience. Students are served by faculty members who focus on high-quality teaching, scholarship and service. The university's national recognition for its commitment to undergraduate teaching is best seen in the way students regularly participate in significant research projects alongside faculty members. Since 1999, ACU undergraduates and faculty members in the Department of Physics have been an integral part of the groundbreaking Pioneering High Energy Nuclear Interaction eXperiment (PHENIX) at Brookhaven National Laboratory, arguably the world's top research lab. And according to Science Watch and Thomsen Reuters, ACU physics faculty and undergraduates are co-authors on four of the top 20 research papers in the science world over the past decade. The university's College of Business Administration remains in the 5 percent of business schools in the world officially accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The Department of Journalism and Mass Communication (JMC) produces The Optimist, the first student newspaper to be published on Apple's iPad. The JMC department also features a state-of-the-art converged media newsroom where print, broadcast and online student media staff produce award-winning work together. The Body & Soul pre-health program at ACU offers students unique opportunities that prepare them for high acceptance rates to professional schools. Graduates are accepted into medical and dental schools at a rate almost double the national average. The Department of Teacher Education offers an innovative Summer Institute for Beginning Teachers, where alumni return to campus to network and share experiences from their first years in the classroom. It also sponsors the K-12 Digital Learning Institute, hosting elementary and secondary teachers on campus each summer to utilize ACU's mobile-learning environment while embracing the technology needed to best instruct young students. The speech and debate team wins national titles, and students from the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences help people in third-world nations learn how to conserve water and grow more efficient crops. Its young theatre graduates have starring roles on Broadway and in national touring shows. Abilene Christian students also have numerous learning opportunities outside the classroom, from summer internships with top firms in various fields to exciting Study Abroad classrooms in Europe, South America and Asia. Only USC, Stanford and UCLA have won more NCAA national team championships than the Wildcats.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1906
Religious affiliation Church of Christ
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $307,124,825


When applying to Abilene Christian University, it's important to note the application deadline is February 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Abilene Christian University is $50. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 45.5 percent and an early acceptance rate of 36 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 45.5%
Application deadline February 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Abilene Christian University is 14:1, and the school has 50.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Abilene Christian University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Marketing/Marketing Management, General; Psychology, General; Accounting; and Human Development and Family Studies, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 43%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 6%
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%
Accounting 5%
Human Development and Family Studies, General 5%

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Student Life

Abilene Christian University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,626, with a gender distribution of 44.3 percent male students and 55.7 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. Abilene Christian University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 4,367
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Abilene Christian University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Abilene Christian University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Abilene Christian University, 80 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Abilene Christian University.

Students who have cars on campus 80%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Abilene Christian University, 65.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,259.

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Tuition and fees $28,350 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,800 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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