Rankings, Honors and Distinctions

Abilene Christian University is proud to be recognized by ranking organizations and publications, year after year, for our commitment to educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. 

A few recent highlights include: 

  • America’s 100 Best College Buys - 13 consecutive years
  • The Princeton Review - one of the Best in the West
  • Forbes Magazine - one of America’s Top Colleges
  • America’s Best Christian Colleges
  • 2019 Military Friendly® School
  • Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students 2018-2019

2018 Forbes Magazine - America's Top Colleges

ACU is one of "America's Top Colleges" as determined by Forbes Magazine in a rankings list published in August 2018. Forbes joined with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity to choose 650 schools based on "the quality of the education they provide, the experience of the students and how much they achieve." 

ACU was ranked No. 463 overall, placing the university in the top 10 percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions eligible for consideration. ACU and Pepperdine were the only two universities on the list affiliated with Churches of Christ.

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Colleges of Distinction

ACU was named a "College of Distinction" for 2016-2017. The annual guidebook recognizes universities for exemplary commitment to engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes. ACU is one of only 14 Texas universities on the list.

Colleges of Distinction

2019 U.S. News & World Report - America's Best Colleges

Abilene Christian University has been ranked No. 21 among 95 top-tier regional universities across 15 states in the West.

ACU also ranked No. 10 in “Best Value Schools,” which takes into account a school’s academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance, No. 4 in “Most Innovative Schools” and No. 13 in “Best Colleges for Veterans” in the West.

ACU once again appears on U.S. News list of “Best Value Schools,” based on the university's academic quality weighed against net cost of attendance, ranking at No. 10. It's the eleventh consecutive year that ACU has appeared on this list.

ACU has also been ranked No. 4 in "Most Innovative Schools" and No. 14 in "Best in Undergraduate Teaching" in the West. For the fifth year in a row, the university is named among the “Best Colleges for Veterans," ranking at No. 13 on the list.


Tops in Student Engagement

ACU ranked high across multiple categories in an annual report by the National Survey for Student Engagement (NSSE). The university placed well above average for its quality student-faculty interaction, enriched educational experiences and supportive campus environment. More than 1,500 universities participated in the survey and were compared to each other in five major categories: academic challenge, active learning, student-faculty interaction, enriched educational experiences and supportive campus environment. Survey results were based on information from 668 ACU students. 

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America's Best Christian Colleges / Best College Buys

ACU is included in the 2016 edition of America's Best Christian Colleges. The universities in this guidebook provide "the highest quality education in a Christian environment." ACU also is listed as one of America's 100 Best College Buys for 2016. Both of these guidebooks are published by Institutional Research and Evaluation Inc.

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Princeton Review - Best Western Colleges

The Princeton Review named Abilene Christian University one of the “Best in the West” for 2019. ACU is one of 129 schools receiving this distinction as “academically excellent institutions of higher learning” for the 15-state western region of the U.S.

2019 Military Friendly® School

Abilene Christian University has been designated a 2019 Military Friendly® School. The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources that ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.

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Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students 2018-2019

Abilene Christian University is proud to be included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. students. ACU has a long tradition of persons being awarded Fulbrights, dating back to the 1950s with fields of study representing journalism, recreation, music, management, English, physics, education and political science.

Ready to Be a Part?

We’re eager to see not only what you can accomplish with an ACU education, but how your unique perspective can enrich your fellow classmates and ACU as a whole.