ACU enrolls record number of traditional undergraduates

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September 12, 2001

Abilene Christian University has enrolled its highest number of traditional undergraduate students ever and the second highest overall total enrollment in school history, said president Dr. Royce Money.

Official 12th-day enrollment totals show that ACU enrolled 4,690 students from 46 states and 60 nations. They are enrolled in a record 63,137 semester credit hours, up from 62,654 hours last year. The headcount total enrollment of 4,690 students this fall is second only to last year's record of 4, 761. 

This semester's number of traditional, full-time undergraduate students at ACU is up to 4,009 from last year's record of 3,971, said Tim Johnston, director of admissions. Jack Rich, executive vice president, attributed the decline of 71 students overall from last year to fewer part-time students and fewer graduate students.

"We offer a distinctive education - high quality academics blended with a serious Christian focus," Money said. "As our reputation and level of academics continue to rise, we are able to be more selective and attract the highest quality students and faculty."

Money said the word is spreading that ACU graduates have a special blend of high-tech understanding, excellent career preparation and integrity.

"We believe this world is looking for college graduates who can change the world with strong ethics and insightful knowledge," Money said. "Our students are accepted into medical school at twice the national average, top corporations heavily recruit our seniors, and churches and schools believe our graduates make outstanding employees."

ACU's rank in the new 2002 edition of "America's Best Colleges" from U.S. News and World Report reflects its higher academic scores and its move toward more selective enrollment. ACU was ranked 20th in its category of 127 master's universities of the 15-state west region, placing it in the top tier for the seventh time in the last eight years.

The university is considered "selective" in its admissions standards.


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