Abilene Life

The Graduate School of Theology at Abilene Christian University is located in Abilene, TX. Abilene is a city of about 120,000 people and home to three universities, ACU being the largest, and Dyess Air Force Base. The cost of living in Abilene is cheap, allowing a student's already stretched dollar to go farther. Abilene has the amenities of a larger city, without the problems of congestion, traffic, and high costs. Additionally, Abilene is centrally located, allowing for easy trips to some of Texas' largest metropolitan areas. 

Here are just a few highlights of things to do in Abilene:

Plays, Musicals, and Wildcat Athletics
Whether you prefer spending an evening at the theater or feel more comfortable at the basketball arena or football stadium, there are a number of opportunities to attend ACU arts performances or sporting events. Offering a wide range of theatrical experiences with smiles, laughter and tears, nobody does it better than Abilene Christian University Theatre. Consistent quality and professionalism are the hallmarks of ACU Theatre. 

ACU athletics have a long legacy of excellence in a number of different sporting events. ACU recruits outstanding student-athletes by employing dedicated Christian coaches and staff who embrace the values of ACU, and by providing sports events around which alumni, friends and students can rally. Fall football games, Winter basketball games, and Spring baseball games all provide an opportunity to get out of the library and enjoy the benefits of the GST's location on ACU's campus.

Local Food and Coffee
Abilene is home to many local restaurants and coffee shops that are perfect for study sessions, hanging out with friends, or going out on dates. For local coffee shops, both Mezamiz and Monks have a relaxed atmosphere and premium coffee, perfect for relaxing with friends or spending an afternoon studying. Abilene is also home to many local restaurants as well as the best national chains. Some of our student's favorites include Lucy's hamburgers, Ann's Thai Kitchen, Little Panda Chinese Restaurant, Los Arcos for San Antonio style Tex-Mex, Bonterra Blu in Clyde or the Beehive for special occasions. Additionally, Abilene is home to three movie theaters as well as the Town and Country Drive-In, one of the nations only remaining drive-in movie theaters.

ArtWalk 
ArtWalk is a monthly event in Abilene that includes free admission to many of the downtown museums and exhibits, street vendors and performers, and a festive experience for Abilene residents to enjoy Abilene's downtown attractions. ArtWalk is a major program of the Center for Contemporary Arts in Abilene. Held the second Thursday of each month, this celebration of visual and performing arts draws thousands of people each year to Abilene's historic downtown area.

ACU's Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center
The ACU Student Recreation and Wellness Center (SRWC) is a brand new, state of the art recreation facility that opened in 2011. GST students receive full access to the many membership benefits including a fitness center (with Cardio Stations), basketball courts, racquetball courts, suspended running track, lap pool, bouldering wall, and studio fitness classes. Spouses and families are also able to receive low cost memberships, making the Student Recreation and Wellness Center Abilene's most affordable and state-of-the-art fitness center.

West Texas Fair and Rodeo
This old fashioned country fair features children's activities, entertainment, livestock and horse shows, carnival rides, exhibits, a PCRA rodeo, a wide variety of food and other events. This annual event begins the 1st Thursday after Labor Day.

Within driving distance of Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and Houston
In addition to the events and attractions in the Abilene area, Abilene is within a two and a half to three hour drive from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. The DFW area, as one of the largest metropolitan centers in the United States, hosts major concerts, sporting events, and is home to Six Flags Over Texas and countless activities from marathons to art exhibits. You can also get to Austin in four hours, San Antonio in four and a half hours, Oklahoma City in five hours, and Houston in six and a half hours. 

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