University Profile


     • The university: A selective four-year private Christian university. ACU includes the colleges
        of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human
        Services, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Theology, the School of Information
        Technology and Computing, the School of Social Work, and the Patty Hanks Shelton School
        of Nursing. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private
        universities in the Southwest.

     • Academic programs*: Students may choose from 61 baccalaureate majors that include
        more than 100 areas of study, 26 master's degree programs and one doctoral program.

     • Accreditation: Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges
        of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate,
        master's and doctoral degrees.

     • Students: About 4,700 students, including approximately 4,150 undergraduates and 550
        graduate students, generally from all 50 states and about 60 other countries.

     • Location: ACU is in Abilene, Texas, an award-winning city of 115,000 people 150 miles
        west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

     • Faculty: More than 220 full-time faculty members with 95 percent of tenure-track faculty
        holding terminal degrees. A student-to-faculty ratio of 17:1.

     • Financial aid: Ninety percent of ACU freshmen receive financial aid. Last year, the average
        amount of financial aid for freshmen (a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and
        loans) was $12,960. The average package of grants and scholarships was $7,366.

     • Annual cost: $23,050* for tuition, fees, room and board, plus approximately $800 for
        textbooks and supplies.

     • Health professional school acceptance rate: More than 80 percent of ACU students
        who apply for admission to medical and dental schools are accepted, a rate double the
        national average.

     • International study: ACU's Study Abroad programs take students to study in places such
        as Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America.

     • Campus technology: Each residence hall has wireless Internet capability and a lab
        with Windows-based PC computers. Several major buildings also have wireless Internet
        capability, including the library. Each ACU student has an email address and access to the 
        Internet and campus servers.

     • Campus organizations: There are more than 90 campus clubs and groups in which 
        students can become involved, including six men's social clubs and six women's social clubs.

     • Intramurals: About 3,000 students participate each year in 22 intramural sports and other
        activities. Students also can be involved in the roller hockey, men's soccer, and bike clubs.

     • Athletics: NCAA Division II, Lone Star Conference. Football, men's and women's basketball,
        baseball, men's golf, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's track and field,
        women's volleyball, men's and women's tennis, women’s softball, and women's soccer. ACU
        is an annual contender for the United States Sports Academy Directors' Cup, recognizing the
        best all-around sports program in NCAA Division II.

*For 2006-07 school year.


Agricultural and Environmental Science:
     Agribusiness, Animal Science, Environmental Science

Art and Design:
     Art, Graphic Design/Advertising, Interior Design

Bible, Missions and Ministry:
     Biblical Text, Christian Ministry, Missions, Vocational Missions, Youth and Family Ministry,
     Ministry to Children and Families, Worship Ministry

     Biology, Life Science Teaching

Business Administration:
     Accounting, Financial Management, Management, Marketing, Information Systems*

     Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physical Science Teaching

     Human Communication

Communication Sciences and Disorders

     Early Childhood, Fourth Grade Through Eighth Grade, High School (Eighth Through
     Twelfth Grade), All-level Special Education


Exercise Science and Health:
     Exercise Science, Exercise and Sport Science, Nutrition, Physical Education

Foreign Languages:
     Spanish, Spanish Teaching

     History, Social Studies for Teachers

Information Technology and Computing:
     Computer Science, Information Systems*, Information Technology

Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies

Journalism and Mass Communication:
     Integrated Marketing Communication, Electronic Media, Journalism


     Vocal, Instrumental, Piano, Music


     Engineering Science, Physics

Political Science



Sociology and Family Studies:
     Sociology, Family Studies

Social Work


* The B.B.A. in Information Systems is offered collaboratively by the College of Business Administration and the School of Information Technology and Computing.

** Students interested in teacher certification should consult the Department of Curriculum and Instruction's section of the ACU Catalog for information about available areas of certification.

*** Students who wish to prepare for professional fields can receive special advising in the following pre-professional areas: Architecture, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Medical Technology, Optometry, Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine.

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