Letters from the President and Provost
From the President
Welcome to Abilene Christian University!
We’re glad you’re making plans to join us in 2008-09. We invite you to join record numbers of students who have come to our campus to receive an exceptional education from a qualified, caring faculty on an attractive, friendly campus.
ACU challenges and mentors its nearly 4,800 students to excel in their careers and make a difference in their homes, churches and communities. We are a national leader in Christian education because we have higher expectations. Our spiritual commitment demands the highest standards of academic and personal excellence. The members of our faculty and staff accept the challenge to stretch the minds of our students in a rigorous life of learning, to integrate faith and learning, to demonstrate leadership and to further develop their personal relationship with God. Our students, faculty and staff change the world.
As a student, you also will face challenges to accept responsibility for your academic preparation and your life choices, to grow intellectually, spiritually and socially through active participation in our curriculum and co-curriculum, and to seriously pursue opportunities to mature as a Christian servant-leader. We are here to help you meet those challenges.
ACU has been named both a “Best College” and “Best Value” by U.S. News and World Report. ACU ranks among the top 10 percent of universities for attracting National Merit Scholars, and the Templeton Foundation annually honors ACU for its character-building programs. Our hands-on approach to learning, our state-of-the-art technology and our Christian focus combine to offer you a unique learning experience.
This catalog explains our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, admission requirements and support services available on campus. There are toll-free phone numbers
to call if you have more questions. Hayley Webb and her staff in Admissions are ready to help you enroll, and Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen and his staff in the Provost’s Office and Dr. Carol Williams and her Graduate School staff are excited about helping you plan and accomplish your academic goals. We look forward to having you as part of the ACU family.
– Dr. Royce Money
ACU is one of the finest comprehensive, Christian universities in the nation. We prepare outstanding young men and women to enter the top graduate schools in the world, to begin or advance their professional careers, and to make a difference in their homes, churches and communities.
Our students learn through a well-designed curriculum and co-curriculum – both inside and outside the classroom. Our students are guided in their learning by an extraordinarily gifted faculty who engage students in
learning through interactive exercises, team projects, undergraduate research, stimulating lectures, learning communities, internships, and innovative approaches to teaching. You will have the important opportunity to study abroad through our Center for International and Intercultural Education, and your academic training will be enhanced by participation in our Volunteer and Service-Learning Center, Honors Program, and Living and Learning Communities in selected residence halls.
Our campus is technologically advanced. Each of our students receives an email account, and
the students who reside on campus in our residence halls receive an Internet connection. ACU
provides computer labs throughout the campus and wireless connections in halls. The Learning Commons in Brown Library enables students to work together on projects from inception to a final printed paper or multimedia presentation.
But it’s our faculty – not machines and computers – that makes an education at ACU special. They are well-qualified, and they care about you and your education. Our Learning Covenant will guide your years at ACU, and you will quickly see how our integration of faith and learning will prepare you for your place of service and leadership in the 21st century.
At ACU, we strive to make Christ the center of everything we do. We believe spiritual commitment demands the highest standards of academic excellence. We have higher expectations.
– Dr. Dwayne D. VanRheenen
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