New college guidebook calls ACU "hidden treasure"
For immediate release
July 27, 1999
In the latest college guidebook to hit bookstores,
Abilene Christian University is called a "hidden treasure"
and recognized as a top school in five other categories.
Kaplan, an educational research firm, and Newsweek
magazine teamed up for the first time to create the Kaplan
Newsweek College Catalog 2000, a guide to more than 1,000
U.S. colleges and universities. Approximately 2,300 U.S.
institutions were not included in the rankings.
Kaplan surveyed thousands of guidance counselors from
public and private schools to determine the rankings. By
ranking in the top 167 or fewer in every category, ACU is
recognized among the best 4 percent of colleges and
universities in the country.
"For years, our friends around the world have told us ACU
is one of the best kept secrets in higher education," said
Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "With more than 80,000
alumni living in every state and 89 countries, I guess our
secret is out."
ACU, one of the largest private universities in the
Southwest, annually attracts more than 4,600 students from
across the nation and more than 60 countries because of the
qualities recognized by the Kaplan Newsweek guidebook, Money
"We're honored that so many high school counselors
recognize ACU's strengths," he said. "ACU is a national
leader in Christian higher education, and we challenge our
students to excel in their careers and make a difference in
the world. Maybe guidebooks like this one will help us
become one of America's more well-known 'treasures.'"
ACU was recognized in these categories:
Schools for the Academically Competitive Student:
ACU is one of six Texas schools -- and 120 nationally --
described as a place where academically competitive students
could thrive. Other Texas schools include Southern Methodist
University, the University of Texas at Austin, Rice
University, the University of Houston and Trinity
Schools with the Best Range of Extracurricular
Activities: ACU is one of only three Texas schools
recognized for having the best range of extracurricular
activities to provide the most complete college experience.
There are more than 90 campus organizations and service
groups in which students can become involved. The other
Texas universities listed were Texas A&M and the
University of Texas at Austin. Nationally, 109 schools
received this designation.
Schools that are "Hidden Treasures": Seven Texas
schools and 167 across the nation are described as terrific
colleges that are not as well known as they should be. In
Texas, they are ACU, Angelo State University, Austin
College, St. Edward's University, Sam Houston State
University, Trinity University, the University of Dallas and
the University of Houston.
Schools Offering the Maximum Amount of Individual
Academic Attention: ACU is one of eight schools in Texas
and 155 in the nation described as providing an environment
where students receive the maximum amount of personal
attention from their professors. The other Texas schools are
Austin College, St. Edward's University, St. Mary's
University, Sam Houston State University, Southwestern
University, Texas Christian University, Texas Lutheran
College and Trinity University.
Schools Providing a Good Liberal Arts Education:
ACU is one of 145 schools across the nation described as
"one of the best schools for students seeking a liberal arts
education." Five other schools in Texas received this
designation: Austin College, SMU, Southwestern University,
Trinity University and the University of Houston.
Schools Representing the Best Value for Your
Money: ACU was one of 128 schools across the nation
described as a top-notch college for which a student does
not have to go deeply into debt. Eight other Texas schools
received this designation: Baylor University, Rice
University, St. Mary's University, Southwestern University,
Texas A&M University, TCU, Texas Tech University and the
University of Texas at Austin.
Money said ACU is known for providing undergraduate
involvement in hands-on learning and research; for
professors who make themselves available to students outside
the classroom; for exceptional teaching by high quality,
Christian faculty; for its worldwide alumni network; and for
its friendly campus, state-of-the-art technology and serious
For information about applying to ACU, contact the
Admissions Office at (915) 674-2650, call toll-free at
800-460-6228 or check out the Web site at www.acu.edu.
Fall classes begin August 23.
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