ACU records largest spring enrollment in the school's history


For Immediate Release
Feb. 2, 2001

Tim Johnston, Director of Admission
(915) 674-2765

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

ABILENE - Spring semester enrollment at Abilene Christian University is up 64 students over last spring, according to official 12th-day figures confirmed on Wednesday. The spring 2001 student body at ACU represents the largest spring enrollment in the history of the university.

Spring enrollment has increased for the ninth consecutive year, said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president.

"This school year has been a milestone for us - with record enrollments set in both the fall and the spring," Money said. "These numbers represent real students, and I believe more and more people are interested in what we offer - high quality academic courses taught by Christian professors who care about the students' lives."

Total spring enrollment for 2001 is 4,415 students, up from 4,351 in the spring of 2000. The university compares enrollment numbers from fall to fall, and from spring to spring.

Tim Johnston, director of admissions, said a strong enrollment for the spring 2001 semester follows a strong fall 2000 enrollment, indicating good retention of students from one semester to the next.

In addition to the increase in student count over last spring, the number of credit hours sold also increased to 57,812 hours, up from last spring's 56,314 hours sold.

"Our faculty and staff have worked hard to make ACU accessible to as many students as possible - and to challenge them to reach their full potential," Money said. "Our campus is more diverse, we offer programs for traditional-age students and adults, and we are constantly striving to meet the needs of all learners."

For the past seven years, ACU has been listed among U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges and Universities." The university offers 117 bachelor's and 32 master's programs along with the Doctor of Ministry degree.

ACU, a national leader in Christian higher education, is a private, selective university with students from 50 states and more than 60 nations. The university offers exceptional academic quality, is one of "America's 100 Best College Buys," and belongs to the prestigious Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

ACU ranks seventh in the nation for producing graduates who earn their doctorates in education, pre-med/dental school acceptance is twice the national average, and ACU's physics program has received more than $1.4 million for research from the Department of Energy.

The university's mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

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Abilene Christian University
Spring enrollment data

Year

Total spring enrollment

2001

4,415

2000

4,351

1999

4,309

1998

4,271

1997

4,112

1996

4,096

1995

3,990

1994

3,882

1993

3,791

1992

3,718

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