ACU’s freshman class among its largest everPosted September 12, 2013
Abilene Christian University kicked off the Fall 2013 semester with 1,030 freshmen, the fourth largest entering class in the university’s 108-year history. This year’s class marks a 7.6 percent increase over last year, building on a nearly 11 percent increase the year before. The total number of new students is 1,151.
More than 56 percent of this year’s freshmen came from the top quarter of their high school graduating class, the second highest percentage on record. ACU also is celebrating its highest freshman-to-sophomore retention rate in history (79.4 percent). Total enrollment, meanwhile, increased by 94 students to 4,461 (including 734 graduate students) from 49 states and 43 nations.
“It’s a blessing to have such well-prepared freshmen on campus, especially in our newest programs in nursing and engineering,” says president Dr. Phil Schubert. “Students who choose ACU have been searching for a university that excels at combining quality academics in a Christ-centered community, and they find it here. Our experience tells us employers and graduate schools often look to ACU for the next wave of well-prepared students ready to make a real difference in the world. Nothing makes us happier than to be the place where they find them, and then return for more.”
In the newest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” rankings, ACU is 19th overall among 90 top-tier regional universities in the West, 13th among regional universities in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category, and No. 2 on the regional “Up-and-Comers” list of innovators in higher education.