A national leader in student success

Abilene Christian University has achieved its highest overall regional ranking ever – 12th – in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Colleges,” an improvement of nine places over 2019.  

U.S. News highlighted the best institutions in the nation for exceptional commitment to student success in its “A Focus on Student Success” benchmark. ACU achieved Top 20 status in three of eight high-impact categories among 1,500 universities evaluated:

  • Service Learning, No. 4
  • First-year Experience, No. 9
  • Learning Communities, No. 11

The only other Texas universities recognized in the Top 20 of this new benchmark are Baylor University, Rice University and The University of Texas at Austin. ACU is the only Texas institution to be ranked in five categories and the only Church of Christ-affiliated university other than Pepperdine to be included in the new benchmark. 

In addition, ACU was ranked in the Top 50 in the nation in two other categories:

  • Study Abroad, No. 35
  • Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects, No. 42

Service Learning

Ranked No. 4 in the nation
U.S. News’ “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark

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Undergrad Research/Creative Projects

Ranked No. 42 in the nation
U.S. News’ “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark

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Learning Communities

Ranked No. 11 in the nation
U.S. News’ “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark

First-year Experience

Ranked No. 9 in the nation
U.S. News’ “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark

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Best Undergraduate Teaching

Ranked No. 4 among regional universities
U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges”

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Best in the West

Ranked No. 12 among regional universities
U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges” 

Study Abroad

Ranked No. 35 in the nation
U.S. News’ “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark

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Most Innovative Schools

Ranked No. 7 among regional universities
U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges”

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Best Value Schools

Ranked No. 8 among regional universities
U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges”

Best Colleges for Veterans

Ranked No. 8 among regional universities
U.S. News’ “America’s Best Colleges”

“Best in the West”

Recognized in 2020 list
The Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges”

“America’s Top Colleges”

Recognized in 2019 list
Forbes’ “America’s Top Colleges”

National Recognition

Recognized in 2020 college rankings
Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

“Best College”

Recognized in 2019-20 list 
Colleges of Distinction

National Designation

Recognized in 2018-19 list
Military Friendly Schools

Top Producer of Fulbright Student Scholars

Featured in 2018-19 list 
Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Tops in Student Engagement

Recognized in 2019 NSSE national survey
National Survey of Student Engagement

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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.