Letters from the President and Provost
From the President
Welcome to Abilene Christian University!
We’re glad you’re making plans to join us for the 2009-10 school year. Our campus is full of students who are discovering what it means to receive an education in a vibrant, innovative intellectual community. Our mission is to education students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, and our faculty and staff work to do just that.
ACU’s exceptional faculty and staff members challenge and mentor their students, equipping them to make a real difference in the world – in their homes, churches and communities. We believe true learning happens where the classroom and the world meet, so we offer numerous opportunities for hands-on learning in and out of the classroom. We strive to create an atmosphere of authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, blending a first-class education with opportunities to stretch yourself and challenge your faith.
As an ACU student, you will learn how to take ownership of your academic career, preparing yourself for life after college. ACU also occurs dozens of opportunities for you to grow spiritually and socially through co-curricular activities, campus organizations and service learning. We are training the next generation of Christian servant-leaders, and we welcome you as a part of that group.
U.S. News and World Report has name ACU both a “Best College” and a “Best College Buy” in its annual ranking of colleges and universities. ACU also appeared near the head of the class in 2008 in the new U.S. News category recognizing innovation among 70 schools that peer institutions believe “everyone should be watching.” Our hands-on approach to learning, state-of-the-art technology and Christian focus combine to offer our students a unique learning experience.
This catalog explains our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, requirements for admission and the various support services available on campus. Please call one of our toll-free numbers if you have additional questions. Our Admissions team is ready to help you enroll, and the provost’s staff and Graduate school staff are excited to assist you in planning and accomplishing your academic goals.
We look forward to having you as part of the ACU family.
– Dr. Royce Money
Welcome to Abilene Christian University! The catalog which follows is a list—an important list, certainly—of the courses, the degree plans, the academic policies, and the faculty of ACU. But although it is an important list, the catalog really cannot capture the essence of the university.
Abilene Christian University is a higher learning community committed to the mission of educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. It is a higher learning community dedicated to honoring God through serious academic inquiry at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
We welcome you into this higher learning community and invite you to engage fully in it. We encourage you to engage fully the concepts and the questions which are part of the daily classroom experience. We encourage you also to engage fully the experiences which are beyond the classroom. Explore every learning opportunity the university has to offer! Explore the opportunity to study abroad, to participate in research with a faculty mentor, to develop leadership skills, to gain experience through practica and internships, to learn through service to the community.
ACU’s faculty and staff stand ready and eager to help you become a part of this higher learning community. Whether you are a new freshman or a returning graduate student, whether you are enrolled in degree programs on campus or online, we want you to be fully engaged in the ACU higher learning community.
As faculty and staff, we believe that ACU is one of the finest comprehensive Christian universities in the nation. We want you to use this catalog as a guide to your academic program, but we also are eager for you to experience firsthand the essence of this university. Welcome to ACU! May God bless you richly in your ACU experience!
– Dr. Jeanine Varner
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