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ACU Home > Major Events > News > 2004 News Archive > ACU ranked among 'America's Best Colleges,' called a 'Best Value'

ACU ranked among 'America's Best Colleges'

U.S. News & World Report calls ACU a 'Best Value'

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August 20, 2004

Abilene Christian University once again scored in the top quartile of quality and as a "Best Value" in one of the nation’s most prestigious college guides – the 2005 U.S. News & World Report rankings of "America's Best Colleges."

U.S. News & World Report ranked ACU 20th overall among the 126 schools in the 15-state West region of the "Best Universities-Master's" category, placing it in the top quartile.  ACU has been in the top quartile for six consecutive years and 10 of the last 11 years.

In addition, ACU was listed among the "Best Values" for the West region. Schools in the "Best Values" category are selected based on academic quality and the cost of attendance for a student receiving an average financial aid package.

"We're thrilled to be recognized as a place of high academic standards that is affordable for students," said Dr. Royce Money, ACU president. "Each year, one of our goals is for ACU to remain in the top quartile of quality and the lowest quartile in price, and this is an important reaffirmation of that goal."

Of the 23 Texas schools in the "Best Universities-Master's" category, only two were ranked higher than ACU – top-ranked Trinity University and St. Mary's University, both of San Antonio.

The rankings are based on several criteria, including peer assessment survey, graduation rate, freshmen retention rate, student-faculty ratio and entrance exam scores.

ACU's scores reflected a lower student-faculty ratio, a lower acceptance rate (higher selectivity) and an increased graduation rate compared to last year.

 The book ranks 572 total "Best Universities-Master's" in the North, South, West and Midwest regions.  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: peer assessment (25 percent), retention (25 percent), faculty resources (20 percent), student selectivity (15 percent), financial resources (10 percent) and alumni giving (5 percent).

The full text of the U.S. News & World Report rankings will be available online at after 12:01 a.m. Friday.


If you are a member of the media who would like more information about this release, please contact Wendy Kilmer, Director of Public Relations.

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