To educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.


ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

21st-Century Vision

Abilene Christian's strategic 21st-Century Vision states that by 2020, ACU will become the premier university for the education of Christ-centered global leaders. Its four institutional priorities include producing leaders who think critically, globally and missionally; building distinctive and innovative programs; delivering a unique, Christ-centered experience that draws students into community; and expanding the Christian influence and educational reach nationally and internationally.

The choice of education experts

U.S. News & World Report and Forbes regularly include ACU in their "America's Best Colleges" publications. In its 2011 edition, Forbes ranked ACU among the top 10 percent of colleges and universities in the nation. U.S. News has ranked ACU the No. 1 "Up-and-Coming" university in the West region three of the last four years - calling it a school that peer institutions believe "everyone should be watching" - and recognized it for "A Strong Commitment to teaching and among the "Great Schools, Great Prices"" honorees among Master's Universities - West.

The Princeton Review's 2012 edition of "Best Colleges" includes ACU in rankings determined, in part, by academic rigor as well as student opinions. For five consecutive years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has included Abilene Christian as one of only 79 four-year institutions in the nation as a "Great College to Work For," recognizing it in 2012 for Supervisor/Department Chair Relationship.

Enrollment / Demographics

Each year, ACU attracts students from 47 states and territories, and 43 nations. They are students of high character who value the university's focus on quality education with a Christ-centered focus.

In Fall 2011, the average ACT score of an entering freshman was 24.7, 43 percent were male and 57 percent were female, and 24 percent were minorities. There were 4,558 students enrolled in Fall 2011: 3,771 undergraduate and 787 graduate students.