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 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 71 baccalaureate majors that include more than 125 areas of study, 25 master’s degree programs and one doctoral program.

Accreditation: Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges 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 4,400 students, including more than 3,650 undergraduates and 750 graduate students, generally from 47 states and territories, and 43 nations.

Location: ACU is in Abilene, Texas, an award-winning city of 117,000 people 150 miles west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area.

Faculty: More than 243 full-time faculty members with 94 percent of tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees. A student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1.

Financial aid: This school year, ACU students will receive more than $80 million in financial aid. This fall, the average freshmen received a financial aid package (grants, scholarships, loans and work-study) of more than $21,960.  

Annual cost: $28,350* for tuition and general fees (up to 36 hours per year in ACU's annual block tuition plan), plus approximately $8,610 for room and board and $1,250 for textbooks and supplies.   

Graduate Success: More than 80 percent of ACU students who apply for admission to medical and dental schools are accepted, a rate double the national average.  More than 90 percent of students who apply to law school are accepted.

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: ACU’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative helps ensure cutting-edge technology is part of each student’s education.  The university’s AT&T Learning Studio and Learning Commons, both in Brown Library, provide innovative spaces for students to collaborate and acquire skills to use the latest technology.

Student organizations: There are about 100 campus organizations in which students can become involved, including social clubs;  government; and service, honor and special-interest groups.

The $21 million Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center is a focal point on campus.  Designed to encourage wellness of the whole individual – body, mind and spirit – it includes the Weber Medical and Counseling Care Center and is the home of a dynamic intramural program with championship and recreational leagues for students of all interests and abilities.

Athletics: NCAA Division I, Southland Conference (beginning Fall 2013). 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. Only three NCAA Division I universities – UCLA, Stanford and USC – have won more national championships than the Wildcats.

*For 2013-14 school year.


 Agricultural and Environmental Sciences: 
   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, Sociology

 Communication Sciences and Disorders:
   Communication Science and Disorders

 Composite Interdisciplinary:
   Composite Interdisciplinary

   Early Childhood/Elementary Certification, 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, 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


*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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