ACU National Honors

Academic Quality and Value

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.

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."

America's Top Colleges - Forbes Magazine
ACU is again one of "America's Top Colleges" as determined by Forbes Magazine in a rankings list published in July 2015. 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 ranked No. 513 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.

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 for 2014-2015. 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.

National Service Honor Roll
ACU has been nationally recognized for its commitment to service. The university was listed on the 2012 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. 
America's Best Christian Colleges
ACU is also included in the 2014 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.
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 125 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 Dr. Phil Schubert.
Colleges of Distinction
ACU was named a “College of Distinction" for 2015-2016 for its exemplary commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. ACU is one of only 13 Texas universities on the list.
2015 Military Friendly® School
Abilene Christian University has been designated a 2015 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.  


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.