Student Life

Residence Life and HousingMedical Clinic
Spiritual Life and Student MinistriesStudent Organizations and Activities
Multicultural EnrichmentAthletics
Volunteer and Service-Learning CenterStudent Regulations
University Counseling Center



Jean-Noel Thompson, Vice President and Dean for Student Life
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 135

Phone: 325-674-2067
Fax: 325-674-4831

In our commitment to equip ACU students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, Student Life creates opportunities for student involvement beyond the classroom. In addition to fostering a safe and vibrant campus life experience, we are intentional in our efforts to promote holistic student development.

Our core purpose is to instill within our students strong moral character and wisdom-focused learning, manifested through Christ-centered living. Through collaborative partnerships with academic affairs, student services, and other campus departments, Student Life supports overall student success, culminating in graduation from ACU and a commitment to life-long learning.

Student Life reports to the Vice President for Student Life and consists of the following departments: Residence Life Education and Housing; Student Organizations and Activities; Student Productions (including Sing Song and Freshman Follies); Spiritual Life and Student Ministries; Student Leadership Development; Multicultural Enrichment, International Student Services; Judicial Affairs; ACU Police Department; Medical Clinic; University Counseling Center; the McGlothlin Campus Center; Volunteer and Service Learning; Career Services and Leadership Camps.

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Residence Life Education and Housing

John Delony, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie, Room 120

Phone: 325-674-2066
Fax: 325-674-2041

As a residential university, Abilene Christian University provides on-campus residence halls and managed on-campus apartments to support the development of a cohesive and distinctive campus community and to enhance the total living environment and experience. ACU believes that a student's best opportunity for success is deeply rooted in the Christian environment - integrating Christ-centered living, learning, leadership, and faith.

ACU takes a developmental approach to residential living and the college student experience by requiring all first and second-year students to reside on campus, while also offering limited upperclassman and graduate student housing in various traditional and non-traditional residential environments. Taking this developmental approach, the residence life staff at ACU is deeply committed to a fun, healthy, studious, and vibrant residential environment that fosters growth in students as they continue maturing as adults.

First and second-year halls are not classified by number of hours obtained in the traditional sense; instead, students are classified by years out of high school, regardless of age or number of credit hours obtained. All students who have been out of high school for one year or less will reside in the first-year halls. All students who have been out of high school for two years or less will reside in available second-year halls.

Students who live with their parents, are over the age of 21 before the beginning of the enrolling semester, who have graduated from high school more than two years prior to the beginning of the enrolling semester, part-time students (less than 12 hours), and married students are exempt from the residential living requirement. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the Department of Residence Life Education and Housing of such exemptions by the published deadline for each semester.

Students with documented disabilities must meet with ALPHA services, who in turn will notify Residence Life Education and Housing of the necessary recommendation(s) for reasonable accommodations. Medical exemptions will also be honored with proper documentation and notification provided to Residence Life Education and Housing. It is our first priority to meet any special needs within the scope of our residence life policy.

Because of ACU's strong belief in the developmental importance of the residential living experience, exemptions to the residential requirement for reasons other than those listed above are very rarely granted. Students must consider issues related to room and board costs when making financial decisions as to their ability to attend ACU.

Abilene Christian University retains all rights of ownership of the residential facilities, and therefore considers that all who reside in its facilities agree to abide by all University regulations applying to campus housing. ACU reserves the right to require a resident to move whenever the best interests of the University appear to demand such action. ACU also reserves the right to inspect any room at any time. In such situations, every effort will be made to respect the privacy of the residents.

ACU is not responsible for the loss of personal property of residents due to theft, fire, wind, rain, and/or flooding. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase renters insurance on their own.  

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Spiritual Life and Student Ministries

Mark Lewis, Assistant Dean of Spiritual Life
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 131

Phone: 325-674-2867
Fax: 325-674-6475

Spiritual Life and Student Ministries (SLSM) seeks to support the mission of Abilene Christian University by contributing to the overall experience of Christ being formed in our students. This is done primarily by providing Christ-centered learning and service experiences outside the classroom. Spiritual Life oversees the ACU Chapel program, which includes daily opportunities for spiritual formation through biblical teaching and corporate worship in large settings as well as small groups. SLSM partners with the Spiritual Life Core student organization to provide spiritually formative events such as prayer gatherings, devotionals, and Bible studies.

Student Ministries promotes off-campus, short-term service and missions opportunities by partnering with the Spring Break Campaigns and Weekend Campaigns Committees, both of which are headed by student leaders. Spiritual Life networks with local college ministers and churches to encourage student attendance, participation and development of relationships with local church families. The office also provides pastoral counseling, as well as special programming that addresses present-day women's and men's issues. 

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Multicultural Enrichment

Office of Multicultural Enrichment
George Pendergrass, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 127

Phone: 325-674-6562
Fax: 325-674-6475

International Student Services
Laura Blake, Coordinator
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 128

Phone: 325-674-2821
Fax: 325-674-6475

Abilene Christian University’s attention to a multicultural environment enriches the personal, social and spiritual growth of all members of the ACU community and improves the university’s capacity to achieve its mission. A culturally diverse community includes faculty, staff and students who have differing cultural identities that bring the richness of their backgrounds and experiences into the learning environment. Cultural diversity, presented correctly in a college setting, can stimulate discussions, foster rewarding relationships and cultivate fuller worldviews.

The programs, activities, or services offered by the Office of Multicultural Enrichment (OME) and International Student Services (ISS) foster constructive and frequent opportunities for students with different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in meaningful dialogue and reflection. Research shows that learning outcomes and social development are enhanced when students encounter perspectives that depart from their own worldview and past experience, causing them to think actively and to reassess long-held, and often unexamined, assumptions.

OME and ISS serve students of color and international students at ACU by maintaining an open door policy, advising student organizations, engaging in one-on-one encouragement, and fostering the growth and development of students by implementing educational, social, and cultural programming. The aim is to assist students of color and international students in achieving their educational goals and to encourage student involvement in the academic and social systems of college life. Although OME and ISS focus primarily on students of color and international students, they are designed to positively influence the quality of life and effectiveness of the ACU experience for all students by educating the community about God’s concept of diversity.

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Volunteer and Service-Learning Center

Nancy Coburn, Director
ACU Box 27867; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McGlothlin Campus Center Basement, Suite 30

Phone: 325-674-2932
Fax: 325-674-6867

The mission of the Volunteer and Service-Learning Center (VSLC) is to engage students in developing service involvement as a lifestyle while meeting the needs of others in the Abilene and surrounding community. Through the VSLC, students have access to a broad range of service opportunities, including special events for specific agencies and other community-wide efforts and ongoing assistance at local schools, child care centers, after-school programs, and numerous nonprofit and human service agencies.

The VSLC provides information, orientation and assistance with planning, implementing and participating in service activities. Some of the ways this is accomplished include:

     • Maintaining a registry of volunteer needs from local service agencies and organizations,

     • Partnering with faculty to enhance course work through service-learning opportunities,

     • Helping student groups or individuals design and plan special service events and projects,

     • Mentoring specific student organizations that seek to meet needs in the community (Service
        Action Leadership Team, Wildcat Kids, Treadaway Kids, Senior Buddies), and

     • Documenting student service involvement for co-curricular transcripts and course records.

ACU students contribute leadership and hundreds of volunteer hours for the annual Intercollegiate Service Day and ACU for Abilene Service Day. Involving students in planning, organizing and participating in community service broadens their world view, strengthens their relationship with Jesus Christ, and prepares them for a lifestyle of service when they leave ACU.

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University Counseling Center

Steve Rowlands, Director
ACU Box 28083; Abilene, Texas 79699-8083
McKinzie Hall East, Room 2A

Phone: 325-674-2626
Fax: 325-674-6496

The goal of the University Counseling Center is to promote mental health and well-being among our students, staff and faculty. We recognize that mental health affects academic success, social relationships, physical health, and spiritual well-being. All ACU students may seek professional, confidential counseling services at the Counseling Center.

The ACU community is encouraged to make use of our services in dealing with the daily stress that arises from college life. Our professional staff is also available to assist with more serious mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders. The Center is actively involved in outreach and prevention activities on campus.

In addition to counseling services, our staff is available to advise any parent, faculty/staff member, or roommate in offering support to any member of the ACU community with possible mental health concerns. The Center is able to provide a range of services for students, including medication management, as a result of working closely with the Medical Clinic physician and an on-site psychiatrist. When necessary, students may be referred to specialists within the Abilene community, or in coordination with mental health care professionals in a student's hometown.

There is a $10 per session charge for counseling services. Students should call 325-674-2626 if they have any questions. The University Counseling Center is located in the lower level of McKinzie, east end.

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Medical Clinic

Dr. Anthony Rector, Physician and Medical Director
ACU Box 28154; Abilene, Texas 79699-8154
McKinzie Hall East, Room 101

Phone: 325-674-2625
Fax: 325-674-6998

The Medical Clinic is available to students and their immediate family members. Students may make an appointment with the campus physician or nurse practitioner or can walk in for an assessment by the nursing staff. Services focus on acute care and include a range of presenting health issues. Allergy medications can be stored with the clinic and injections can be given on a regular basis. When appointments cannot be made within a desired time frame, the student will be referred to a local healthcare provider.

A year-round hospitalization insurance program is available to students through the Billing/
Receivables Offices. It is recommended that all students carry healthcare insurance, though the ACU Medical Clinic will not file third party insurance claims. Such claims and medical reimbursements are the responsibility of the students and their families.

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Student Organizations and Activities

Mauri Westbrook, Director
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McKinzie Hall, Room 130

Phone: 325-674-2069
Fax: 325-674-6475

A variety of student clubs and organizations provide avenues for the expression of a wide range of student interests: social, musical, academic, geographical and service. The following clubs and organizations have been officially recognized. For more information, refer to the Student Life web page at

Campus Activities
Campus Activities Board (CAB), Freshman Action Council (FAC), Freshman Follies, Homecoming Committees, Sing Song, Welcome Week Committees

Social Clubs (Men)
Frater Sodalis, Galaxy, Gamma Sigma Phi, Trojans

Social Clubs (Women)
Alpha Kai Omega, Delta Gamma Phi, Delta Theta, GATA, Ko Jo Kai, Sigma Theta Chi, Tri Kappa Gamma

Students’ Association
Graduate Students’ Association, International Students’ Association, Students’ Association

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Academic Organizations
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: Alpha Epsilon Sigma, Delta Tau Alpha (Honor)

Art and Design: American Society of Interior Design

Business: Beta Gamma Sigma, Integrated Marketing Communication Organization, International Business Society, Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), Marketing Club, Phi Beta Lambda, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Student Accounting/Finance Society, Student Training and Research (STAR), Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry Club

Communication: Lambda Pi Eta (Honor), Pi Kappa Delta (Honor)

Communication Disorders: ACU Chapter NSSLHA (National Student Speech, Language,
Hearing Association)

Computer Science: Association for Computing Machinery

Education: Kappa Delta Pi (Honor), Pi Lambda Theta (Honor)

English: Sigma Tau Delta

Exercise Science and Health: Flying Cats, Student Dietetic Association

Foreign Languages: Phi Sigma Iota (Honor)

History: Phi Alpha Theta (Honor)

Journalism and Mass Communication: Broadcast Society, Kappa Tau Alpha (Honor), Prickly Pear (Yearbook), Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Sigma Delta Chi (Honor), Society of Professional Journalists

Mathematics: Mu Sigma

Missions and Ministry: African Mission Fellowship, Asia Interest Group, Domestic Missions, Latin American Missions Partnership Group, Let’s Start Talking

Music: A Capella Chorus, Big Purple Marching Band, Collegiate Orchestra, Jazz Ensemble, Opera Workshop, Percussion Ensemble, Wind Ensemble

Nursing: Nursing Students’ Association, Sigma Theta Tau (Honor)

Physics: Society of Physics Students

Political Science: Pi Sigma Alpha (Honor), Pre -Law Council

Psychology: Psi Chi (Honor)

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta (Honor)

Social Work: Social Work Club

Theatre: Alpha Psi Omega (Honor)

Honor Societies
Alpha Chi, Honors Students’ Organization, Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman), Student Honors Cabinet,
“W” Club

Media Organizations
ACU-TV, ACU Video (production studio), KACU-FM, KXN-TV (class A TV station), The Optimist, Prickly Pear, Visions (video yearbook), National Broadcast Society

Service Organizations
Habitat for Humanity, Lynay, Senior Buddies, Service Action Leadership Team (SALT), Spring Break Campaigns, Treadaway Kids, Weekend Campaigns, Wildcat Kids, World Wide Witness

Special Interest Clubs
Alpha Hockey Omega, Awake 3:18, Cheerleaders/Mascot, Chess Club, Chiaroscuro, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Christian Medical Dental Association, College Democrats, College Republicans, Cycling Club, Eagle Scouts Venture Crew, Essence of Ebony, Fair Trade Abilene, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Global Samaritan Resources Student Outreach, His Singers, Hispanos Unidos, International Justice Mission, Milango, Outdoor Club, SAAB (Student African American Brotherhood), Save Darfur, Seekers of the Word, Shades, Shinnery Review, Soccer Club, Student Alumni Association, Student Ambassadors, Student Athlete Advisory Board, Student Peace Alliance, Synchronized Swimming Club, Swing Cats, The Light, Ultimate Frisbee, VAHS (Virtucus African Heritage Sisterhood), Wildcat Spirit Committee, World Wide Youth Camps

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Jared Mosley, Director of Athletics
ACU Box 27916; Abilene, Texas 79699-7916
Teague Special Events Center

Phone: 325-674-2353
Fax: 325-674-6831

Abilene Christian University is widely known for having one of the premier athletics programs in the NCAA Division II. As a member of the Lone Star Conference, ACU competes in the men's sports of baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track and field, and in the women's sports of basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field and volleyball.

The university has some of the finest athletics facilities in the nation with a 4,500-seat gymnasium (Moody Coliseum) that serves as the home court for ACU basketball and volleyball, and the adjoining Gibson Health and Physical Education Center. ACU also plays in one of the best collegiate baseball facilities in the country in 4,000-seat Crutcher Scott Field. With a clubhouse, modern press box and new indoor hitting facility, ACU baseball players enjoy a facility that is on par with those at numerous NCAA Division I programs across the county.

ACU also has an all-weather, nine-lane track at Elmer Gray Stadium that has hosted some of the greatest athletes in both the country and world over the years. ACU Olympians Bobby Morrow, Earl Young, Billy Pemelton, Billy Olson and Tim Bright competed there, as did other Olympians including sprinter Michael Johnson. Wilma Rudolph was the headliner at the 1960 U.S. Women's Olympic Trials at the stadium.

The ACU football team plays at 15,000-seat Shotwell Stadium, an almost-50-year-old facility that in recent years has received some tremendous upgrades. The stadium boasts one of the largest and best high-definition scoreboards in the Southwest, and it also has new locker rooms and a FieldTurf playing surface. The Wildcats have played all of their home games in the stadium since 1959, and future NFL players like Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, John Randle, Hall of Famer Darrell Green, Wade Wilson, Wilbert Montgomery, Dominic Rhodes, Jermaine Mayberry, Robert Garza, Keith Traylor, Pierce Holt and Daniel Manning have played at the stadium.

The men's and women's tennis teams compete at one of the finest tennis facilities in the nation in the Eager Tennis Center. The Judi and Cecil Eager Tennis Pavilion was added to the complex in 2002, and the center underwent more extensive renovations in summer 2007, adding more courts and lighting, re-covering the existing courts with new surfacing and adding new wind screens.

The remarkable success of ACU Wildcat student-athletes over the years is a tribute to the athletes, the coaches and the tradition of winning that permeates the program. ACU recruits its student-athletes for their academic and spiritual qualities, as well as their athletic abilities.

ACU has won all-sports titles in 23 of their 34 years in the rugged Lone Star Conference, including 12 straight from 1995-96 through the 2006-07 athletic year. ACU has four times finished runner-up in competition for the United States Sports Academy Director's Cup, which recognizes the best all-around athletics program in NCAA Division II. ACU is the only school in NCAA Division II to finish in the top 15 in each of the 12 final director's cup standings.

In addition to 60 national team championships, hundreds of student-athletes have won individual national championships, earned all-America honors and been named academic all-America. In addition, several ACU student-athletes have been named to various halls of fame around the country.

The 53 NCAA team national championships that ACU has won through the fall of 2007 is fourth in NCAA history behind only UCLA, Stanford and USC. When you add it all up, it's no surprise we like to say that ACU is "Where Champions Are Made."

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Intramural Sports
Danny Kittley, Director
ACU Box 28204; Abilene, Texas 79699-8204
Bennett Gym, Room 103

Phone: 325-674-2555
Fax: 325-674-6854

The Intramural Sports Department offers great ways to get involved with activities on campus, especially for new students. About 3,000 students currently participate in Intramural Sports with numbers increasing annually. The department offers a championship league for the more competitive athlete, as well as a recreational league for those that prefer a more fun atmosphere. In the fall, ACU Intramural Sports offers: 3-2 softball, tennis, waterball, 3-on-3 basketball, and flag football. In the spring, there is 5-on-5 basketball, softball, indoor soccer, outdoor soccer, 5-on-5 flag football, volleyball, and ultimate Frisbee. The ACU Intramural Sports Department has sent several teams to national tournaments, each proving ACU’s impressive athleticism versus programs from much larger universities.

There are also opportunities for employment through Intramural Sports. The department hires student workers and officials for ACU and also employs students to work with the Abilene Independent School District officiating 7th grade basketball games and working with the 6th grade Intramural Sports programs at each middle school in Abilene.

Each participant is financially responsible for care of personal injury, therefore, the Intramural Sports Department and Abilene Christian University urges all participants to either purchase student insurance offered by the school or have coverage by a private policy. The Intramural Sports Department and Abilene Christian University
will not be held responsible for accidents. All Students play at your own risk.

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Student Regulations

By enrolling in the university, students signify their willingness to observe Christian standards of honesty, ethics and morality. They agree to respect the personal and property rights of others. They agree to fulfill their responsibilities under all published university regulations and to obey local, state and federal laws. Information about student conduct and regulations can be found in the Student Guide at (select the Student Guide link).

The Student Guide is published at the beginning of each school year, and it details various important provisions that each student should read and understand. The Student Guide determines the current regulations and policies that impact campus life. On reasonable notice to the students, the Student Guide may be amended. Regulations such as those below, and others, are included in the Student Guide.

     • Possession or use or sale of illegal drugs will result in automatic suspension from
        the university.

     • Possession or use of alcohol is subject to strict disciplinary measure and may result
        in suspension.

     • Students must conform to the current dress code.

     • Class attendance is an important student responsibility; students may be dropped from
        classes or failed for excessive absences.

     • Chapel attendance is required for all undergraduate students that are enrolled full-time
        and are under the age of 25.

     • Hazing is prohibited and will result in disciplinary action from the university and criminal
        penalties from the state of Texas.

     • Many activities are expressly listed in the Student Guide as prohibited and are subject to
        disciplinary sanctions, including: smoking or other use of tobacco on campus, violation of
        residence hall visitation policies, falsification of university records, cheating, theft, sexual
        immorality, vandalism, and possession of firearms.

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