Our Mission

In our vibrant, Christ-centered community, we aim to contribute to our students’ spiritual and intellectual growth in ways that encourage confidence and vocational formation.

The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

We achieve our mission through exemplary teaching, offered by an innovative and caring community of Christian scholars, that inspires a commitment to lifelong learning; significant research, grounded in the university’s disciplinary strengths, that informs and impacts issues of global importance to the academy, church, and society; and meaningful service as a divine calling that enriches our global society, academic disciplines, the university, and the church to God’s glory.

In our vibrant, Christ-centered community, we aim to contribute to our students’ spiritual and intellectual growth in ways that encourage confidence and vocational formation.

The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

We achieve our mission through exemplary teaching, offered by an innovative and caring community of Christian scholars, that inspires a commitment to lifelong learning; significant research, grounded in the university’s disciplinary strengths, that informs and impacts issues of global importance to the academy, church, and society; and meaningful service as a divine calling that enriches our global society, academic disciplines, the university, and the church to God’s glory.

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Areas of Strategic Focus

Innovation and relevance

Pursued through academic programs, educational innovation and experiential learning

spiritual formation

Pursued through holistic and integrative coordination

relational university

Pursued through building deep and authentic relationships and intentional equity and inclusion

Promise

ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.

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Vision

Abilene Christian University’s vision lays out our path as a premier university for Christ-centered, global leaders. Built upon rigorous academics and leadership development, we are preparing talented students to become Christ’s “salt and light” in the world by:

  1. Producing leaders who think critically, globally and missionally.
  2. Building distinctive and innovative programs.
  3. Delivering a unique, Christ-centered experience that draws students into community.
  4. Expanding the university’s Christian influence and educational reach nationally and internationally.

Our Enduring Core Values

As unknowns surround us in a rapidly-changing world, ACU turns to the foundational values that shape who we are and what we do as an institution and community. Our distinctive worldview is affirmed through:

Academic Innovation

Rigorous critical thinking and academic exploration shape our calling to teach, research and mentor.

Spiritual Depth

Missional living and spiritual formation are centered in our campus culture.

Relational Focus

Fortified and nurtured relationships become deep bonds between students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Intentional Diversity

Members of our community from all ethnic, racial and gender backgrounds are created and beloved in God’s image.

Sustainable Excellence

Evidence-based decisions undergird our commitment to economic, high-quality programs.