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ACU again ranked among 'America’s Best Colleges'

Aug. 22, 2006

Abilene Christian University once again scored in the top quartile of quality in one of the nation’s most prestigious college guides – the 2006 U.S. News & World Report rankings of “America's Best Colleges.”

U.S. News & World Report ranked ACU 25th overall among the 134 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 eight consecutive years and 12 of the last 13 years.

“Rankings are just one way to confirm that we are achieving excellence and remaining competitive,” said Dr. Michelle Morris, vice president for university relations.  “ACU has distinctive academic programs in fields such as pre-med, business and journalism that attract students from across the country and many other nations.  We’re honored to continue our tradition as one of America’s best colleges.”

Of the 28 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 in San Antonio. ACU tied with St. Edward’s University.

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

The book ranks 557 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 and master’s degrees, but 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 are available online at