Accreditation and Rankings


ACU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Abilene Christian University’s Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada to award the following master’s and doctoral degrees: M.Div., M.A. in Christian Ministry, M.A., D.Min., and M.A. in Global Service. Contact the Commission on Accrediting at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburg, Pa. 15275 or call 412-788-6505 for questions about the accreditation of ACU’s Graduate School of Theology.

University Rankings

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. Overall, ACU ranks 19th in the West.

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.

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.
 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.
 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
 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.
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 Summer 2015
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Featured Spotlight

For some, the journey to victory can be pretty grueling. Such was the case for Danny Mercer, preaching minister for Friendswood Church of Christ near Houston. After suffering from a cancerous brain tumor, he beat the disease and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree at ACU in 2013.


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