Student Life

Dr. Jan Meyer, Interim 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: ACU Police Department; Campus Concierge; Career Center; Depot; Intramural Sports; Judicial Affairs; Leadership Camps;  Medical Clinic; Multicultural Enrichment; Residence Life Education and Housing; Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation & Wellness Center; Spiritual Formation; Leadership Development; Leadership Camps; Ministry and Service; Student Organizations and Activities; Student Productions (including Sing Song and Freshman Follies); Student Retention and Services and the University Counseling Center.

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Residence Life Education and Housing   

ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, 1750 Campus Court

Phone: 325-674-2066
Fax: 325-674- 6475

The heart and life-blood of Abilene Christian University is community.  Here, community exists in many forms:  a diverse community of faith, an extraordinary academic community, and a vibrant residential community.  ACU is steadfast in our commitment to a residential, co-curricular environment that enhances and deepens the academic and faith communities.  In short, residential living is an integral part of the ACU undergraduate experience. 

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 managed on-campus apartment housing. 

First- and second-year students are assigned to residence halls based on years out of high school, date of birth, and number of long semesters spent in on-campus housing.  Assignments are not made based on classifications as determined by number of completed credit hours. All students who have been out of high school for less than one year will live in a first-year residence hall. All students who have been out of high school for less than two years will live 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/or are married 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 in a timely process to avoid any unnecessary housing charges. Any and all housing charges will be refunded according to the Academic Tuition Refund Schedule published by Student Financial Services.

Students with 504/ADA disabilities or those requesting medical accommodations must submit their requests, along with proper medical documentation, to ALPHA Academic services. ALPHA services will in turn notify the office of Residence Life Education and Housing of their accommodation recommendations. It is our first priority to reasonably meet any special needs within the scope of our residential policy.

Because of ACU's strong belief in the importance of the developmental 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.

ACU 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 and Student Handbook and Planner. ACU reserves the right to require a resident to move room or hall locations or to remove a student from housing 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 inspect the room with the student(s) present.

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 their own renters insurance.


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Center for Christian Service and Leadership   

Dr. Jan Meyer, Executive Director
ACU Box 27867; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McGlothlin Campus Center, Room 20

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

The Center for Christian Service and Leadership brings together the co-curricular areas of Chapel, Leadership Development, Service-learning and Volunteer Resources, and Student Ministries charged with the task of operationalizing the mission of ACU into the experience of every ACU student. The Center works to collaborate and create partnerships that inspire students to develop a comprehensive vision for Christ-centered service and leadership, and then connect ACU students to a variety of experiences that bring the vision to reality across the broad range of disciplines offered at ACU. The distinctive approach of the CCSL involves a commitment to Christ-seeking that leads students into vibrant Christian community, which prepares and empowers them for living out their calling in both career and ministry. For student leaders, the CCSL works to strengthen the leadership culture of ACU through mentor training, catalytic events, resources, mentoring communities, training experiences, and internships/apprenticeships.



Mark Lewis, Assistant Dean for Spiritual Life and Chapel Programs
ACU Box 27867; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
McGlothlin Campus Center, Room 29
Phone: 325-674-2867 Fax: 325-674-6867

Chapel engages students, staff and faculty in Christian community through worship and celebration. Though Chapel varies from day-to-day, the purpose remains the same: to worship God and to celebrate our lives in Jesus. Chapel occurs in Moody Coliseum as a combined community and also in smaller groups across campus. Chapel is required of all undergraduate students under the age of 25 as part of their ACU educational experience.


Leadership Development

Dr. Jan Meyer, Assistant Dean for Leadership Development
ACU Box 27867; Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
20 McGlothlin Campus Center (lower level)
Phone: 325-674-2867 Fax: 325-674-6867

ACU is committed to educating Christ-centered leaders to make positive contributions with compassion, expertise, and dedication. These qualities grow in student leaders as they identify needs and create solutions for local and global problems. Student leaders are encouraged to develop as disciples of Jesus as they hone their leadership style and skills. Numerous opportunities exist for emerging leaders in a variety of campus organizations and activities, as well as local churches, non-profits, and special events. Leadership training experiences highlight a commitment to ongoing spiritual formation,  the consistent support of a community of faith, and a ready response to needs in the world.


Ministry and Service

Dr. Bob Strader, Director
ACU Box 27867;Abilene, Texas 79699-7867
20 McGlothlin Campus Center (lower level)

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

ACU students contribute hundreds of volunteer hours each year for local ministry and service initiatives through ongoing involvement and special events.  When partnered with training and reflection, engaging students and planning, organizing and participating in ministry and community service broadens their world view, strengthens their relationship with Jesus Christ, and prepares them for a lifestyle of Christ-centered service and leadership when they leave ACU.  Through our website and office resources, students have access to a broad range of opportunities, including special events and community-wide efforts.

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Multicultural Enrichment  

Byron Martin, Director of Student Multicultural Enrichment & Support
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 128

Phone: 325-674-6562
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 with differing cultural identities who 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, and services offered by the Office of Multicultural Enrichment (OME) 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 experiences, causing them to think actively and to reassess long-held, and often unexamined assumptions.

OME serves 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 in achieving their educational goals and to encourage student involvement in the academic and social systems of college life. OME is designed to positively influence the quality of life and effectiveness of the ACU experience for all students.

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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 at the Medical and Counseling Care Center, 849 Coliseum Way, on the northwest corner of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, between Moody Coliseum and the Teague Center.

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Medical Clinic  

Dr. Ellen West, Physician and Medical Director
ACU Box 28154; Abilene, Texas 79699-8154
McKinzie Hall East, Suite 101
Phone: 325-674-2625
Fax: 325-674-6998

ACU Student Health Services is a primary care clinic staffed with licensed physicians, nurses, a nurse practitioner, and administrative staff that provide care for illnesses and injuries, as well as mental health issues. The ACU Medical Clinic is located at the northwest corner of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, between Moody Coliseum and the Teague Center. Services are available by appointment by calling 325-674-2625. A psychiatrist is also available part-time to see patients.

Students pay a health services fee that entitles them to access to clinic services. There is a nominal charge for each physician visit. A valid ACU ID is required to access the clinic services. A student who is unsure about a medical issue or problem may come by the clinic or call 325-674-2625 and speak confidentially to a nurse. If all appointments are filled for the day, the nurse will advise on care until the student can be seen.  Students who wish to have their prescription medications delivered to campus by a pharmacy may enroll in the prescription delivery program at the Medical Clinic.

The health services fee does not cover after-hours care, hospital emergency room visits, hospitalization, and referrals to providers outside of ACU Health Services. Students who are between semesters in the summer and want to continue to use the Medical Clinic may be eligible for services if they are enrolled for the fall semester. Please contact the clinic at 325-674-2625 for more information about eligibility.

The on-campus medical clinic is not a substitute for major medical insurance. Students should have their own insurance policies or coverage on their parents’ insurance. Students who are thus covered should carry an insurance card in case they need medical care not covered by the clinic.

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Student Organizations and Activities  

Tom Craig, Director of Student Activities and Productions
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McKinzie Hall, Room 120
Phone: 325-674-4864
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), FilmFest, Freshman Action Council (FAC), Freshman Follies, Homecoming Committees, Sing Song, Welcome Week Committees

Social Clubs (Men)
Frater Sodalis, Galaxy, Gamma Sigma Phi, Pi Kappa, Sub T-16, Trojans

Social Clubs (Women)
Alpha Kai Omega, GATA, Ko Jo Kai, Sigma Theta Chi, Zeta Rho

Students’ Association
Black Students Association, Freshmen Action Council, Graduate Students’ Association, International Students’ Association, Student Alumni Association, Students’ Association

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

Art and Design: American Society of Interior Design

Business: Beta Gamma Sigma, American Marketing Assoc./ACU Chapter, Collegiate Entrepreneurs (honors),  Food and Business Association, Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Student Management Investment Fund, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Wildcats for Sustainability

Chemistry and Biochemistry: Chemistry Club

Communication: Lambda Pi Eta (Honor)

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

Computer Science: Association for Computing Machinery, Upsilon Pi Epsilon

English: Sigma Tau Delta

Family Studies

Foreign Language: Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish honors)

Gerontology: Sigma Phi Omega (Honor)

Information Systems: Association of Information Systems (honors)

Journalism and Mass Communication: Advertising/PR Club, Kappa Tau Alpha (Honor), Society of Professional Journalists

Kinesiology: ACU Club Soccer, ACU Ultimate, Cycling Club, Student Dietetic Association, Venturing Crew, Wildcat Hockey

Music: A Capella Group, Big Purple Marching Band, Mu Phi Epsilon (Alpha Sigma Chapter), University Chorale. For information on additional music groups, please contact the music department.

Nursing: Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing Student Nurses Association

Physics: Society of Physics Students

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

Psychology: Psychology Club (honors), Student Association of the School of Psychology

Sociology: Alpha Kappa Delta (Honor)

Social Work: Phi Alpha (honors), Student Social Work Association

Theatre: Alpha Psi Omega (Honor)

Honor Societies
Alpha Chi, Honors College Senate, Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman), “W” Club

Media Organizations
The Optimist

Service Organizations
ACU for the International Rescue Committee, LYNAY, Mobile Medical Disaster Relief, Service Action Leadership Team (SALT), Red Thread Movement, Spring Break Campaigns, Treadaway Kids, Weekend Campaigns

Special Interest Clubs
ACU Fishing Club, ACU for the International Rescue Committee, ACU Go Club, Agricultural & Environmental Sciences Club, Association for Computing Machinery, Block and Bridle, Chinese Christian Fellowship, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Christian Medical Dental Association, College Democrats, Essence of Ebony, Fair Trade ACU, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Forensics Team, Hispanos Unidos, International Justice Mission, Locavore Club, Omega Dance Company, Outdoor Club, Republicans of ACU, Seekers of the Word, Sanctify Hip Hop Company, Shades Step Squad, Shinnery Review, Student Athlete Advisory Committee, Student Peace Alliance, Swing Cats, Table Tennis Club, Virtuous Sisterhood, Wishing Well, Women in Business

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Intramural Sports  

Kenli Edwards, Director
ACU Box 29004; 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 and to stay physically fit. About 3,000 students participate each year in Intramural Sports, with teams formed in residence halls, academic departments, social clubs, special interest clubs and among friends drawn together by the pleasure of playing and competing in sports.

Intramural Sports offers two in most team sports to allow everyone to find a preferred level of competitiveness. Sports offered are driven by student interest, and generally include: flag football, basketball, softball, soccer, volleyball and ultimate Frisbee, among others.

There are also opportunities for employment through Intramural Sports. The department hires student workers and officials, offering training and mentoring for officials to increase their game calling skills.

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 a personal insurance policy from a third-party provider or remain a dependent on parent's 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  

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

  • 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 Handbook 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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