From the School

Abilene Christian University (ACU) offers an exceptional education in a distinctive Christian environment at an affordable price. ACU believes strongly in the dignity and worth of the individual and in academic integrity, achieving success, and enjoying life. Christian education at ACU integrates faith and hands-on learning, represented in every facet of campus life. Founded in 1906, ACU is an independent comprehensive university with an enrollment of approximately 4,600 students and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest. The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is governed by its own Board of Trustees. The University offers 117 Bachelor's programs, more than thirty Master's programs, and one doctoral program. Work completed at ACU is accepted by all colleges and universities in the United States. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The College of Biblical Studies is an associate member of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and the College of Business Administration is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). As a teaching institution, ACU emphasizes a dynamic personal relationship between professors and their students. Qualified faculty members, not graduate assistants, teach undergraduates, and when professors do research, undergraduates work with them. Each year, some of the nation's top companies come to campus to interview because they hold ACU graduates in high regard for their blend of creativity, technical skills, thorough training, and moral integrity. ACU students have an acceptance rate of more than 80 percent to medical and other professional schools, well above the national average. The Optimist, the ACU student newspaper, has been rated All-American every year since 1975. ACU supports an environment of honest, Christian care, and relationships that start even before classes begin. Each fall during Welcome Week, upperclass students help freshmen adjust to the social side of college life through diverse activities, including one-on-one and group discussions and possibly the world's largest game of Twister. The student body is generally enriched by people from all 50 states and about 60 countries. More than 200 international students are enrolled at ACU. About 100 active campus organizations, including men and women's social clubs, offer students with a variety of interests opportunities for involvement. Movie nights, devotionals, big-name concerts, intercollegiate sports, and student productions ensure that students can find great entertainment without leaving campus.

Overall

From The School

To qualify for admission, a student must have completed high school with a diploma or equivalent degree and must submit information concerning SAT or ACT scores, high school class rank, and two reference letters. Transfer students who apply for admission are required to have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Abilene Christian University does not discriminate in admissions, financial aid or employment on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, marital status, age, handicap, national or ethnic origin, or receipt of public assistance educational program, activities, or employment to the extent required by law and subject to the tenets held by the institution and its controlling body. Prospective students should write or call the office below for application forms and financial aid information, indicating their academic and social areas of interest. Applicants should submit the necessary forms with a nonrefundable $25 processing fee ($45 for international applicants) and have their academic records (SAT or ACT scores, transcript, and class rank) sent to the University. Residence hall room reservations, accompanied by a $100 deposit, should be made early to ensure choice of a dorm. Students are encouraged to visit the campus at any time. ACU's Biblical Studies Building features a magnificent chapel, a huge amphitheater, and the latest in instructional technology.

Overview

Applicants
9,384
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.70

GPA Breakdown

43%
Over 3.75
26%
3.50 - 3.74
16%
3.25 - 3.49
9%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
470 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
520 - 610
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 27

Deadlines


Regular
February 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

“The integration of faith and learning is invaluable” at Abilene Christian University, a midsize undergraduate institution affiliated with the Church of Christ that “truly does revolve around fulfilling its mission statement: ‘To educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.’” Undergraduates praise the journalism, psychology, and theater and music programs, and are especially enthusiastic about the life sciences which produce “a very high acceptance into medical, dental, and pharmacy schools.” An “amazing Education Department” and the “great Department of Bible, Missions, and Ministry” also receive high marks from students. Undergrads also note that ACU is “the only Christian school with an Agriculture Department” in the area. Yet the school is small enough that “in many cases you know most of the professors in your department by your second or third year.” Best of all, “They are there to help you succeed not only academically but spiritually as well.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
382
with Terminal Degree
227

229
Men
153
Women
35
Minority
4
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

Majors

  • Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences

  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Animal Sciences, General

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Finance, General
  • Information Resources Management/CIO Training
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Journalism, Other
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, other any instructional program in organizational communication, public relations, and advertising not listed above

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programs
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals in Secondary Special Education Programs
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences

  • Human Development and Family Studies, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Lay Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interior Design
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera


Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral Other
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Lance Barrow ('78)
CBS Sports Emmy Award-winning Coordinating producer of football and golf

Kent Brantly, M.D. ('03)
Samaritan's Purse medical missions advisor & Time Mag. Person of the Year

Randy Brewer ('93)
award-winning executive producer/owner of Revolution Pictures Inc.

U. S. Rep. Janice Hahn ('75)
Congresswoman from California

Max Lucado ('77)
Minister and best-selling Christian author

Dr. Janice M. Massey ('68)
Neurologist at Duke Univerisy Medical Center

U.S. Rep. Ted Poe ('70)
Congressman from Texas

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Many students go to Arcadia because of its stellar study abroad program, and it attracts people who are "independent, creative," "adventurous, and [those who] have a bit of a craziness about them." A chemistry student says, "There are a lot of weird people at Arcadia, but that's…why I feel comfortable there." Many students commute or are from the area, and lots go home on the weekends, but students are "very involved in clubs and community service" during the week. The population is predominantly female, but it's "diverse" and has a lot of international students as well as "a pretty decent gay population." There is a small divide between "athletes and art freaks," but most people think the school isn't very cliquey. What's great is, "there are always new people coming and going," so "You never feel trapped and your friend base expands every semester."

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
45%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
62%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$19,996

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$16,728

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,395

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$42,585

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$127,323

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,780
Required Fees
$50
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,250

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,920
Transportation for Commuters
$1,450

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

The typical ACU undergrad “wears jeans and casual shirts” and is “hospitable, door-holding, courteous, says ‘yes sir’ and ‘no sir,’” along with being actively involved as a Christian. Many come from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, though nearly every state and 60 nations are represented. There are “lots of Church of Christ students” here “but also students from plenty of other denominations.” The Christian aspect of ACU permeates the culture, from daily chapel to weekend mission trips to spring break service campaigns. However, non-Christian students “are treated with the same compassion as anyone else.” With a student body of about 5,000, however, ACU is fairly diverse with many international students as well as, “those with outside ideas and personalities.” These students “are rarely clumped in large groups in classes or seated in chapel together, and generally get along well with [other] students. However, it does make dating rather hard.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,650
Out of State
14%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
37

Demographics

57% female
43% male
14% are out of state
94% are full time
6% are part time

Overview

From The School


Location

Abilene, Texas has the reputation of being a friendly city and has been named one of only ten All-America Cities. It is located 180 miles west of Dallas and has a population of about 112,000. Its climate is relatively warm, although it occasionally snows during the winter. Residents of Abilene are served by shopping malls, major restaurant chains, specialty shops, and a regional airport. The city is second only to Houston in cultural events per capita in Texas, and it has one of the lowest crime rates in the state.

Students Say

ACU students are split among those who are entirely comfortable with the school’s policies (e.g., limited visitation hours, curfews, chapel attendance, no drinking or smoking on or off campus) and those who feel “The rules really need to be relaxed a tad bit.” Some find ways to circumvent the restrictions, but most simply find good, clean ways of having fun. For example, students watch a lot of movies. School-planned events occur regularly on weekends, and “A lot of people have crazy parties, like 80s Night or things like that.” Guys “play video games a lot,” and “Sometimes we have game nights.” When students want to get away from hometown Abilene, they often make a road trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, “only a few hours away by car.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
47%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Alpha Academic Services

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Gloria Bradshaw

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
Yes

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychological assessment for LD by a qualified professional. Recommended tests include WAIS-R and WJPB or other relevant test.

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Psychological assessment for ADD such as Brown ADD Screening

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
99
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
5
Number of Religious Organizations
6

26% join a fraternity
30% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

21% participate in intramural sports
9% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
8 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: The Office of Student Multi-cultural Enrichment provides support for students and leadership for minority student organizations. Another organization of diverse students is the LYNAY group, love your neighbor as yourself.

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
250

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple Computer, Dell Computer

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ashley Pyle
Director of Campus Visits & Events

Address
Office of Admissions
ACU Box 29000
Abilene, TX 79699

Phone
325-674-2664

Email
ashley.pyle@acu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Student Recreation and Wellness Center
Learning Commons in Brown Library
Jacob's Dream Sculpture
World Famous Bean in McGlothlin Campus Cntr.
Hunter Welcome Center
The Student Recreation and Wellness Center is built on a foundation of programming excellence in fitness and wellness, informal recreation and instructional programs.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Frontier Texas!
The Grace Museum
Abilene Zoo
Mall of Abilene and Shops at Abilene
Prime Time Family Entertainment Center
5 movie theaters totaling 32 screens and many shopping centers.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
325-674-2664

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
www.acusports.com/staff.aspx

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
City buses, taxis serve the campus. Abilene Regional Airport.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-20 and Highway 351. Go west on Highway 351 (Ambler Ave). Turn left onto Judge Ely Blvd. ACU is on the right.

Local Accommodations
Comfort Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Whitten Inn University, Residence Inn Marriott
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Key Stats

9,384
Applicants
3,650
Size
50%
Acceptance Rate

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