ACU again ranks as one of "American's Best Colleges";
academic reputation continues to increase
For Immediate Release
August 20, 1999
ABILENE, Texas - Abilene Christian University has once
again ranked as one of "America's Best Colleges" and
increased its national academic reputation among leaders in
higher education, according to the 2000 edition of the U.S.
News & World Report guide.
ACU is one of only four Texas universities ranked in the
top tier of quality among the 111 schools in the 15-state
West Region. This marks the sixth straight year ACU has
ranked high in the "Best Colleges" guide.
Only 28 schools earned top-tier status in the "Best
Regional Universities" category, based on academic
reputation, graduation and retention rates, faculty
resources, student selectivity, financial resources and
ACU's academic reputation has climbed steadily in the
past three years, increasing from 2.6 in the 1998 guide, to
2.9 last year and 3.1 this year. This ranking reflects the
opinions of various leaders at other universities in the
Last year, the U.S. News editors explained that academic
reputation is 25 percent of the overall weighting "because a
diploma from a distinguished college so clearly helps
graduates get good jobs and gain admission to top graduate
"ACU students are courted by the some of the world's top
companies, schools and organizations, and they have
acceptance rates into graduate school well above the
national average," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president.
The magazine ranked a total of 504 regional universities
in four U.S. regions: North, South, Midwest and West. ACU
competes with colleges and universities in Alaska, Arizona,
California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New
Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and
Regional universities are defined as schools offering a
full range of undergraduate and master's-level programs but
few, if any, doctoral programs. ACU offers 117 bachelor's,
32 master's and one doctoral program.
ACU's rankings increased in academic reputation,
graduation rate, freshman retention rate, selectivity and
percent of freshmen in the top 25 percent of their high
school class. The alumni giving rate increased again this
year, indicating strong alumni loyalty and support.
"We are honored to again be named one of 'America's Best
Colleges,' " Money said. "Such outside recognition helps us
attract more bright, talented students who want to make a
difference. These students help us fulfill our mission - to
educate students for Christian service and leadership
throughout the world."
ACU, founded in 1906, now has 80,000-plus alumni living
in all 50 states and 89 countries.
The U.S. News college rankings were released to colleges
Thursday and reported on the publication's Web site Friday.
The rankings edition of the magazine will be on newsstands
A more thorough college guidebook, containing rankings of
more than 1,400 accredited, four-year colleges and
universities, goes on sale Tuesday, according to U.S. News
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