Undergraduate Admission For Non-U.S. Citizens

We're excited that you would like to attend ACU, and would like to give you more information about the application process. In general, as an international student seeking admission to ACU's undergraduate program you should apply with the Office of Admissions six months before the date you wish to begin classes. All official test scores and transcripts must be received at least 60 days before the beginning of the term you plan to attend. The following items must be received before an admission decision can be reached:


1) Application

Complete an online application in full (including the essays and application fee) online here.
Please ensure that every question is completed, so that we may process your application in a timely manner. Also, please ensure that the name on your application matches the name on your transcripts and, where possible, the name the passport. It is imperative that we have your current e-mail address at all times, and that Abilene Christian University is indicated as an eligible sender to the account.

If you are applying to the Institute of Intensive English(ESL), you do not need to complete the online application.  Instead of that, you need two letter of recommendation, and have them mailed with your application form to the ACU Admissions office.

A non-refundable US$50.00 application fee is required in order to process your application. There are three options for paying this fee:

- Online via credit card through our secure online payment within the online application. (This service is only available for first time undergraduate or transfer undergraduate students.  This service is not available for ESL Students.)

- By phone via credit card. For this option, please call +1-325-674-3650 between the hours of 8:00-18:00 U.S. Central Standard Time.

- By bank draft drawn on a U.S. bank or an international postal money order payable to Abilene Christian University.


2) Two Admission Essays

The essay section is a significant component of the application process.

When completing the online application, you will be prompted to complete your essays. Topics for the essays may be found on the application for admission. You will be able to save your work and return to finish your essays.   

Essays are evaluated on the basis of content, writing skill, and creativity.

Strong essays will be well thought out and must not exceed the suggested length of 250 words.

If you are applying to the Institute of Intensive English (ESL), you need to send in two letters of recommendation.


3) Standardized Test Scores


The Test of English as a Foreign language (TOEFL) and the International English Language System (IELTS) are tests used to determine a student's English language proficiency. We require the following minimum scores on these exams to accept a student into ACU's undergraduate programs:


 Undergraduate/Transfer StudentESL Student
Paper-based test (PBT):525400
Computer-based test (CBT):19797
Internet-based test (iBT):7132

You may visit the TOEFL home page to receive information about taking the test here. (ACU's TOEFL code is 6001)
You can visit the IELTS Web site to learn more about test dates and locations here.


If you meet ACU's minimum English-language requirements and you are applying as a first-year student, you are required to submit official SAT or ACT scores.

Please send your ACT and/or SAT scores to ACU.

- ACU's ACT code is 4050. 
- ACU's SAT code is 6001.

U.S. Education Advising Centers in many countries have information on testing dates and locations. Find the U.S. Education Advising Center in your area here.

Visit our ACT/SAT Frequently Asked Question page on our Web site here.

*ACU recommends but does not require the written portion of the ACT for admission. The written portion of the SAT, while required by the College Board, will not used in admissions decisions or scholarship consideration.


4) Academic Records

All documents should be submitted in the original language. All documents in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified line-by-line, literal, English translation.

Secondary School Records

Official secondary school transcripts, a secondary school diploma or leaving certificate and examination results are required from all first-year and transfer students (for more country-specific information, click here.)



If you attend a post-secondary institution outside the United States, we require official transcripts which include all subjects studied each year and the grade/mark earned in each subject. A key to the marking system with minimum passing mark should be included. In addition, we require course descriptions of all classes you have taken and intend to take prior to the semester in which you hope to enroll at Abilene Christian University. If descriptions are not available, please provide a three- to five-sentence description of each course. Include the content, scope, credits/number of hours for each course or the number of hours per week, and the number of weeks per semester.

If you attend a post-secondary institution in the United States, official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Abilene Christian University.



5) Financial Information

This includes a bank statement that is no more than 6 months old at the time you would start attending ACU. It should show sufficient funds to cover the estimated cost of studying at ACU for one academic year (nine months) and a letter from the owner of the bank account stating that the funds will be used to support the applicant. To see the estimated expenses for the undergraduate program, click here.

After you have completed steps one through five, you will be eligible to be considered for admission. After considering your qualifications, the admissions committee will make a determination on your application.

If you are admitted, and if you submitted qualified financial information, we will send you an admissions package that includes a certificate of admission and an immigration document called I-20. You will need these documents to make an appointment with the U.S. consulate or embassy in your country to apply for a student visa to study at ACU.

Once you have completed the admissions process and have received your immigration papers, you will need to complete the following steps:


6) Housing Preference

In order to live on campus, you must request housing. To do so, please submit your online through the myACU admissions portal. Housing preferences are available on a first-received, first-served basis. Your request for housing will not be processed until you have confirmed your admission to ACU by declaring your intent to enroll and submitting your US$250 enrollment deposit. To learn more about our residence halls, click here.

 *A student is required to live in campus housing unless he/she is married, 21 years of age or older, living with parents or has been out of high school for at least two years.

7) Health Form

 Please submit a health record form showing current immunization records and medical history. The health record form is required before you begin classes at ACU and may be submitted upon arrival to campus to live on campus,  and can be accessed here.

For more information, contact us via e-mail: contact@international.acu.edu or call +1-325-674-2710 between the hours of 8:00-12:00 and 13:00-17:00 U.S. Central Standard Time, Monday through Friday.