ACU innovation, value again recognized by U.S. News

Posted September 10, 2013

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

In the 2014 edition data released today, ACU is 19th overall among 90 top-tier regional universities, and again No. 2 on the “Up-and-Comers” list, according to college presidents and other leaders in higher education who believe the university 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 five of the past six years.

ACU also ranks 13th among regional universities in the “Great Schools at Great Prices” category. That designation is based on Abilene Christian’s academic quality, weighed against net cost of attendance, and is the sixth consecutive year for ACU to appear among the top 15 institutions in the region.

“We are gratified to be once again recognized for the exceptional nature of the educational value we deliver,” says ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “Beyond that, it says a lot about our forward-thinking faculty and staff that leaders in higher education have again gone on record applauding their work.”

At No. 19, ACU is the highest-ranked Southland Conference-member institution among regional universities in the West, ahead of Oral Roberts University (54th), Houston Baptist University (63rd), University of the Incarnate Word (71st), and Stephen F. Austin State University (75th). Four other Southland members – Lamar University, Sam Houston State University, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and the University of New Orleans – are ranked in the second tier of best national universities.


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