Rankings, Honors and Distinctions

Abilene Christian University is proud to be recognized by ranking organizations and publications, year after year, for our commitment to educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. 

A few recent highlights include: 

  • America’s 100 Best College Buys - 13 consecutive years
  • Apple Distinguished School - recognized for innovation
  • US News & World Report - #2 Most Innovative in the West
  • The Princeton Review - one of the Best in the West
  • Forbes Magazine - one of America’s Top Colleges
  • America’s Best Christian Colleges
  • 2016 Military Friendly® School
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2016 Forbes Magazine - America's Top Colleges

ACU is one of "America's Top Colleges" as determined by Forbes Magazine in a rankings list published in July 2016. Forbes joined with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to choose 650 schools based on "the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve." ACU was ranked No. 544 overall, placing the university in the top 10 percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions eligible for consideration. ACU and Pepperdine were the only two universities on the list affiliated with Churches of Christ.

Colleges of Distinction

ACU was named a "College of Distinction" for 2016-2017. The annual guidebook recognizes universities for exemplary commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. ACU is one of only 14 Texas universities on the list.

Colleges of Distinction
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2016 U.S. News & World Report - America's Best Colleges

Abilene Christian University is again ranked among the nation's Top 20 regional universities (West) as determined by U.S. News & World Report in its "America's Best Colleges" guide. ACU is 17th overall among top-tier regional universities.

The university also appears on the newest - and perhaps most distinctive portion - of the U.S. News rankings. After being first or second on the publication’s list of “Up-and-Coming-Universities” six of the previous seven years, ACU is now No. 2 among regional universities in the West on the new “Most Innovative Schools” list for 2016.

ACU once again appears on U.S. News best-value list of “Great Schools, Great Prices,” based on the university's academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance. It's the eighth consecutive year that ACU has appeared on this list.

For the second year in a row, the university is named among the “Best Colleges for Veterans."

Tops in Student Engagement

ACU ranked high across multiple categories in an annual report by the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE). The university placed well above average for its quality student-faculty interaction, enriched educational experiences and supportive campus environment. More than 1,500 universities participated in the survey and were compared to each other in five major categories: academic challenge, active learning, student-faculty interaction, enriched educational experiences and supportive campus environment. Survey results were based on information from 668 ACU students. 

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America's Best Christian Colleges / Best College Buys

ACU is included in the 2016 edition of America's Best Christian Colleges. The universities in this guidebook provide "the highest quality education in a Christian environment." ACU also is listed as one of America's 100 Best College Buys for 2016. Both of these guidebooks are published by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc.

Princeton Review - Best Western Colleges

The Princeton Review has again named Abilene Christian University one of the "Best in the West" for 2016. ACU is one of 124 schools receiving this distinction as "academically excellent institutions of higher learning" for the 15-state western region of the U.S. 

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2016 Military Friendly® School

Abilene Christian University has been designated a 2016 Military Friendly® School. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources that ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

Apple Distinguished School 2014

Abilene Christian University has been named an Apple Distinguished School 
in recognition of its culture of innovation, its leadership in the area of 
mobility, and its overall educational excellence. The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that 
are recognized centers of educational excellence and leadership. ACU has 
twice previously been awarded recognition by Apple as a Distinguished Program.

Apple Distinguished School

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