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.

2015 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 new "America's Best Colleges" guide.  ACU is 17th overall among top-tier regional universities, and again No. 2 on the "Up-and-Comers" list. ACU has been ranked either first or second in this innovators’ category six of the past seven years.

ACU also ranks sixth among regional universities in the "Best Value" category. That designation is based on Abilene Christian's academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance. It's the seventh consecutive year that ACU has appeared on this list.

For the first time, the university also is named among the "Best Colleges for Veterans."

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 2013. 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. 522, 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 seventh consecutive year, ACU has earned recognition by the Chronicle for Higher Education as one of the nation's Great Colleges to Work For for 2014.  
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
ACU's mobile-learning initiative has been recognized as an innovative approach to education through technology. ACUTA, the Association for Information Communications Technology Professionals in Higher Education, gave ACU its most prestigious honor, the award for Institutional Excellence in Information Communications Technology. This distinction, given annually to three universities, is awarded for innovative and exemplary endeavors, products or services in the field of higher education technology.

Alcatel-Lucent Dynamic Enterprise Award
ACU was recently honored with one of Alcatel-Lucent’s first annual Dynamic Enterprise Awards. The Fortune 500 company’s Web site states that the four winning institutions "demonstrate how fully leveraging the interconnection of networks, people, process and knowledge using IP technology provides unique competitive advantages." ACU was honored along with the Siam Commercial Bank of Thailand; Fluor Limited, part of the UK’s National Roads Telecommunications Service; and the Saudi Ministry of Culture & Information. Additionally, industry analysts attending this year’s Enterprise Forum selected ACU as the winner of the first Analyst Choice Award. The university has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent in developing its campus network.

CIO 100 Award
CIO magazine announced ACU as a recipient of its 2009 CIO 100 Award. The 22-year-old award program recognizes organizations around the world that exemplify the highest level of operational and strategic excellence in information technology. ACU was one of only six universities to receive the award. Other recipients include AT&T, Dell, GE Energy, IBM and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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.


ACU is a member of the NCAA Division 1 Southland Conference.

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.

National Championships
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.