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.

The SWRC is a multi-functional facility (113,000 square feet) that provides the University community with ample opportunities to satisfy their recreation and leisure needs.
The facilities include:

  • (4) Basketball/Volleyball Courts                                                     
  • (3) Racquetball Courts
  • Suspended Running Track (1/8 mile)
  • Large Lap Pool (6 lanes, 25 yards)
  • Leisure Pool (lazy river)
  • Pool Patio (ideal for special events)
  • Fitness Center (41 Cardio Stations)
  • (2) Group Exercise Studios
  • Bouldering Wall
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Men's & Women's Locker Room
  • Wet Classroom
  • Stretching Area
  • Juice & Snack Bar Area (Oasis)
  • (2) Open Air Balconies 
  • Medical Clinic
  • Counseling Clinic
  • Strength Area (free and machine weights)

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 2010-11 school year.


 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 
   Agribusiness, Animal Science, Animal Health Professions Cooperative, Environmental Science

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

 Bible, Missions and Ministry: 
   Bible & Ministry, Vocational Ministry

   Biology, Life Science Teaching 

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

   Biochemistry, Chemistry, Physical Science Teaching


 Communication Sciences and Disorders:
   Communication Science and Disorders

 Composite Interdisciplinary:
   Composite Interdisciplinary

   Early Childhood/Elementary Certification, Fourth Grade through Eighth Grade Certification, 
   Middle School Science Fourth through Eighth Grade, Middle School Social Studies Fourth 
   through Eighth Grade, High School (Eighth through Twelfth Grade)

 Engineering and Physics:
   Engineering Science (Electrical Engineering (cooperative), Industrial and Manufacturing 
   Systems Engineering (cooperative)), Engineering, Physics and Mathematics Teaching, 

   History, History Teaching, Social Studies for Teachers

 Information Technology and Computing:
   Computer Science, Computer Science and Math Teacher Certification, 
   Digital Entertainment Technology, Information Systems, Information Technology

 Interdisciplinary Studies
   Health Professions Cooperative, International Studies, International Studies-U.S. 
   track for non-U.S. students

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

   Kinesiology, Nutrition

 Language and Literature:
   English, English Teaching, Spanish, Spanish Teaching

 Marriage and Family Studies:
   Family Studies

   Mathematics, Middle School Teacher Certification, High School Teacher Certification

  Music, Music for Teaching Certification, Piano, Vocal, Piano-All Level Teaching Certification, 
  Vocal-All Level Teaching Certification

 Nursing    Nursing

Political Science 
   Political Science, Political Science- Criminal Justice emphasis



 Social Work: 
  Social Work, Sociology


*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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