The University

A selective four-year private Christian university, ACU is the best at providing exceptional academics in a Christ-centered community. It includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, Graduate and Professional Studies, and Honors; the Graduate School of Theology; and the schools of Information Technology and Computing, Nursing, and Social Work. ACU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest.

Academic Programs*

Students may choose from 79 baccalaureate majors that include more than 164 areas of study, 33 master’s degree programs and three doctoral programs.


Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU. 


5,293 students, comprising 3,496 undergraduates and 1,797 graduate students, generally from 52 states and territories, and 46 nations.


ACU is in Abilene, Texas, an award-winning city of nearly 120,000 people 150 miles west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university’s online graduate and professional degree programs.


266 full-time faculty members with 96 percent of tenured or tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees. ACU has a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1. 

Financial Aid*

The average first-year student’s financial aid package for 2019-20 was $21,500, which included a combination of scholarships, grants, work-study and loans. ACU offered scholarships and grants valued at more than $33 million to the entering class of 2019.

Annual Cost*

$36,300 for tuition and general fees (up to 36 hours per year in ACU’s annual block tuition plan), plus approximately $11,065 for room and board and $1,250 for textbooks and supplies.

Graduate Success

Of May 2019 graduates, 96 percent were employed or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months. Specific programs saw even higher employment success at 100 percent, such as teacher education, marketing and chemistry. ACU graduates who apply to medical, dental and veterinary schools have been accepted at twice the national average for the past 10 years.

International Study

ACU’s Study Abroad programs take students to places such as Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. Nearly 25 percent of graduating seniors have studied abroad.

Campus Technology

ACU ensures cutting-edge technology is an integral part of each student’s education. The university’s AT&T Learning Studio and Learning Commons, both in Brown Library, provide innovative spaces for students to collaborate and acquire skills using the latest technology. The campus has full wireless Internet access and students have access to Adobe Creative Cloud at no additional cost.    

Student Organizations

There are about 100 campus organizations in which students can become involved, including social clubs; government; and service, honor and special-interest groups.

Health, Wellness and Recreation

The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center is a focal point on campus. Designed to encourage wellness of the whole individual – body, mind and spirit – it includes the Weber Medical and Counseling Care Center and is the home of a dynamic intramural program with championship and recreational leagues for students of all interests and abilities.     


NCAA Division I, Southland Conference. Football (FCS), women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field, baseball, men’s golf, men’s and women’s tennis, women’s softball and women’s beach volleyball. Only four colleges and universities – including UCLA, Stanford and USC – have won more NCAA national team championships than the Wildcats.