ACU innovation, value again recognized by U.S. News and World Report

Posted September 09, 2014

Abilene Christian University continues to be highly ranked among regional institutions by U.S. News & World Report’s annual “Best Colleges” guide.

In the 2015 edition data released today, ACU advanced two spots to 17th overall among top-tier regional universities. ACU is No. 2 on the “Up-and-Coming Universities” list, according to college presidents and other leaders in higher education who believe it is making “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus (and) facilities,” according to U.S. News. ACU has been ranked either first or second in this innovators’ category six of the past seven years.

ACU also ranks sixth among regional universities in the “Best Value” category. That designation is based on Abilene Christian’s academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance. It’s the seventh consecutive year that ACU has appeared on this list.

For the first time, the university also is named among the “Best Colleges for Veterans.”

“Leaders in higher education have again gone on record to applaud our vision," says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “We are gratified to be recognized for the exceptional nature of the educational value we deliver. Beyond that, I think the continued recognition for innovation speaks highly of our faculty and staff.”

At No. 17, ACU is the highest-ranked Southland Conference-member institution among regional universities in the West, ahead of Oral Roberts University (46th), Houston Baptist University (68th), University of the Incarnate Word (63rd), and Stephen F. Austin State University (84th).


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