ACU ranked among "America's Best Colleges" by U.S. News for 8th year

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Sept. 6, 2001

Abilene Christian University has again been ranked in the top tier of quality among "America's Best Colleges" in the annual U.S. News & World Report's annual college guidebook.

ACU ranked 20th among the 127 schools in the 15-state west region of the "Best Universities-Master's" category, placing it in the top tier of overall quality. ACU has been ranked in the top tier of the west region seven of the last eight years.

"We believe the 2002 rankings reflect Abilene Christian University's commitment to becoming a national leader in Christian higher education," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "Our enhanced reputation has allowed us to become more selective in our admissions process."

Only four Texas schools appeared in the top tier among "Best Universities-Master's" for the west region: ACU, Trinity University, St. Mary's University of San Antonio and the University of St. Thomas.

The rankings are based on several criteria, including an academic reputation score. ACU moved up a notch in rankings for academic reputation and increased its actual score from 3.1 to 3.2, Money said. The highest-ranking school in the west region scored 4.3 on a 5.0 scale.

In addition, ACU's scores reflected a higher number of students in the top 25 percent of their high school class, higher average freshman SAT/ACT scores, more full-time faculty and a lower student-faculty ratio, Money said. The U.S. News report also showed that ACU has more small classes and a higher freshman-to-sophomore retention rate.

The book ranks 573 total "Best Universities-Master's" in the north, south, west and midwest regions. The category was renamed this year by U.S. News, and some schools moved to new categories because they were reclassified under the new Carnegie standards.

The "Best Universities-Master's" category represents universities that offer a full range of undergraduate degrees, some master's degrees, and few, if any, doctoral degrees.

U.S. News uses six categories of indicators to capture academic quality in the "Master's" grouping: academic reputation (25 percent), graduation and retention of students (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

NOTE: The full text of the U.S. News & World Report rankings is available online at


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