ACU 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 62 baccalaureate majors that include more than 100 areas of study, 27 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. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.

Students: About 4,700 students, including more than 3,900 undergraduates and 760 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 97 percent of tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees. A student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1.

Financial aid: Last year, ACU awarded more than $66 million to its students. Ninety-two percent of freshmen received financial aid, and their average amount (a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans) was $12,960.  

Annual cost: $30,644* for tuition, fees, room and board, plus approximately $1,250 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, Latin America and Africa. Nearly 25 percent of graduating seniors have studied abroad.

Campus technology: Each residence hall has wireless Internet capability and several computers and printers available for student use. 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 100 campus organizations in which students can become involved, including social clubs; government; and service, honor and special-interest groups.

Intramurals: About 3,000 students participate each year in 22 intramural sports and other activities such as flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball and waterball. 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 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, recognizing the best all-around sports program in NCAA Division II.

*For 2011-12 school year.


 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 
     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*, Computer Science, Digital Entertainment Technology, Information Systems*, Information Technology

     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 

    English, English Teaching

 Exercise Science and Health: 
     Exercise Science, Nutrition

 Foreign Languages: 
     Spanish, Spanish Teaching

     History, Social Studies for Teachers

Interdisciplinary Studies 

International Studies

Journalism and Mass Communication:  
     Advertising/Public Relations, Convergence Journalism, Multimedia 

     Mathematics, Actuarial Science, Math for Teaching

     Vocal, Instrumental, Piano, Music, Music Teaching


    Applied, Computational, Engineering Science (cooperative), Engineering Physics, Physics and Mathematics Teaching

Political Science 



Sociology and Family Studies: 
     Sociology, Family Studies

Social Work 


* Students interested in teacher certification should consult the Department of Teacher Education'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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