ACU National Honors
Academic Quality and Value
|Apple Distinguished Program|
Abilene Christian University has been named an Apple Distinguished Program for its work to understand the impact of mobility in education, to discover and create new ways to make learning more engaging, and to develop new teaching resources allowing teachers and learners to leverage mobility through iPad, iPhone and iPod.
2013 U.S. News & World Report
America's Best Colleges
In addition, ACU ranks among the top 15 universities in our region in the category of “Great Schools at Great Prices” for the 5th consecutive year. ACU ranks 13th for this category that is awarded to institutions based on a school’s overall academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance.
|America's Best Colleges - Forbes Magazine |
ACU is one of "America's Best Colleges" as determined by Forbes Magazine in a rankings list published in August 2012. Forbes joined with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to chose 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. 485, 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.
National Survey Places ACU On Top in Multiple Categories
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. Read more about the National Student Survey
|Great College to Work For - Chronicle for Higher Education|
For the fifth consecutive year, ACU has earned recognition by the Chronicle for Higher Education as one of the nation's Great Colleges to Work For. ACU is cited in the category of Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship for the excellence of the university's supervisors in making expectations clear and soliciting ideas from their employees.
|America's 100 Best College Buys|
For the 12th consecutive year, ACU is included in America's 100 Best College Buys. To be included in the book, universities must provide "the highest quality in education at the lowest cost." ACU is the only private university in Texas named to the list.
ACUTA Institutional Excellence Award
Alcatel-Lucent Dynamic Enterprise Award
CIO 100 Award
|National Service Honor Roll|
For the second year, ACU has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service. The university was listed on the 2008 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes colleges and universities that support innovative and effective community service and service-learning programs. The Honor Roll is a part of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which is devoted to helping college students serve others while strengthening their academic and civic skills.
|Excellence in Service Learning|
ACU has received the "Excellence in Service-Learning" seal from Student Horizons. Each year, Student Horizons publishes the Guide to Service-Learning Colleges & Universities for college-bound students, highlighting institutions with exceptional service-learning programs. The guide defines service learning as "a teaching method that links course-based learning objectives to community-based service activities."
|America's Best Christian Colleges|
ACU is also included in the 2007-08 edition of America's Best Christian Colleges. Universities in this guidebook provide "the highest quality education in a Christian environment." Both America's 100 Best College Buys and America's Best Christian Colleges are published by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. ACU is listed in this guidebook for the 11th straight year.
|Best Western Colleges|
The Princeton Review has again named Abilene Christian University one of the "Best in the West" for 2012. ACU is one of 121 schools receiving this distinction as "academically excellent institutions of higher learning" for the 15-state western region of the U.S. "We're thrilled to be recognized again by such a prestigious organization. Our goal is to deliver the best university experience we can for our students, and it's great when students call us out for the good work we're doing," says ACU President Phil Schubert. ACU is the only one of seven Texas members of its new athletics league, the Southland Conference, to be included in the best list.
|Colleges of Distinction|
ACU was named a “College of Distinction” for its exemplary commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. ACU is one of only nine Texas universities on the list.
|John Templeton Foundation|
In its latest guidebook, Colleges That Encourage Character Development, the John Templeton Foundation recognizes ACU in its categories of Presidential Leadership, Civic Education and Senior-Year Programs.
|Learfield Sports Directors' Cup|
Awarded for the best overall intercollegiate athletics program in NCAA Division II. ACU is the only NCAA Division II school to finish in the top 15 in each of the 15 years of the standings. ACU finished ninth in 2009-10.
The Wildcats have won a combined 62 team national championships, including 55 as a member of the NCAA. The Wildcats are fourth in NCAA history in total team national championships behind UCLA, Stanford and USC.
|Lone Star Conference Dominance|
ACU athletics programs also have won 154 Lone Star Conference titles since joining the LSC in 1973, more than twice the number of titles won by its closest competitor. ACU student-athletes have been awarded 32 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships, the fifth-highest total of any university in Texas behind only Texas, Trinity, Rice and SMU.