ACU listed in America's 100 Best College Buys

For Immediate Release
Dec. 4, 2000


Tom Craig, Director of Media and Community Relations
(915) 674-2692

Luke Hejl, Media Relations Specialist
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ABILENE - Abilene Christian University has been named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" for the fifth straight year, making it one of the few private universities in the nation to receive this honor determined by the independent organization Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.

ACU has been included in this list since the program‚s inception, said Lewis T. Lindsey Jr., president of the research organization. "It's amazing that these schools can consistently, year after year, deliver a quality education at a cost that is within every student's reach," Lindsey wrote in a letter to ACU.

ACU was one of only six universities in Texas to receive this honor. The others were Baylor University, LeTourneau University, Texas A&M University, Texas Tech University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Schools listed among "America's 100 Best College Buys" must provide "the highest quality in education at the lowest cost," according to the year 2001 report.

Institutional Research and Evaluation is an independent research and consulting organization specializing in the recruiting and retention of students for institutions of higher education. No college or university pays to be included in their reports, Lindsey said. Institutions are included solely on the basis of merit.

ACU has been cited once again this year in the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best college values in the nation. The university's total cost of attendance makes it one of America's most affordable private universities. In fact, among similar private universitites nationwide, Abilene Christian ranks in the lowest 25 percent in price, said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president.


Among America's 100 Best College Buys data were these comparisons of cost, which includes tuition, fees, room and board for 2000-01:


Out of State Cost For 30 Semester Hours

Abilene Christian University


Baylor University


LeTourneau University


Texas A&M University


Texas Tech University


University of Texas at Austin


* Has no price differentiation for in-state or out-of-state students.


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