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ACU offers expedited enrollment to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina

Sept. 1, 2005

Abilene Christian University is extending the opportunity for college students displaced by Hurricane Katrina to enroll at ACU and pay no more than they were paying at their original college or university, said ACU provost Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen.

Students who were admitted or enrolled in a four-year college or university that has been closed because of the storm are invited to join ongoing classes at ACU, VanRheenen said. The American Council on Education has estimated that 75,000 to 100,000 college students in the New Orleans metropolitan area have been displaced by the storm.

The ACU Admissions Office will work with students individually to determine their enrollment status with one of the hurricane-affected universities, said Robert Heil, director of admission and enrollment management.  Students coming from hurricane-affected universities will pay either ACU's tuition cost or the cost of tuition at their original university, whichever is lowest. Other discounts and financial aid issues will be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Students affected by the hurricane who wish to attend ACU this fall need to contact the ACU Admissions Office at 325-674-2765 or 800-460-6228 or email

Displaced students planning to begin at ACU should apply by Friday, Sept. 9, and begin classes by Monday, Sept. 12, Heil said.  Student housing is available on a limited basis.

ACU is involved in hurricane relief in various other ways.  For more information, visit


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