Rankings and Recognition

Our enthusiasm around all things ACU is reflected in our accolades. We’re nationally recognized for student success, teaching and innovation. We pass that excellence on to our students, equipping them to achieve top placements and become remarkable leaders.

Our enthusiasm around all things ACU is reflected in our accolades. We’re nationally recognized for student success, teaching and innovation. We pass that excellence on to our students, equipping them to achieve top placements and become remarkable leaders.

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A National Leader in Student Success

  • Best Undergraduate Teaching: No. 3 Among Regional Universities
    • U.S. News & World Report “America’s Best Colleges”
  • First-Year Experience: No. 4 In the Nation
    • U.S. News & World Report “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark
  • Most Innovative Schools: No. 4 Among Regional Universities
    • U.S. News & World Report  “America’s Best Colleges”
  • Best Value Schools: No. 9 Among Regional Universities
    • U.S. News & World Report  “America’s Best Colleges”
  • Best Colleges for Veterans: No. 9 Among Regional Universities
    • U.S. News & World Report  “America’s Best Colleges”
  • Learning Communities: No. 9 In the Nation
    • U.S. News & World Report  “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark
  • Service Learning: No. 10 In the Nation
    • U.S. News & World Report  “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark
  • Best in the West: No. 15 Among Regional Universities
    • U.S. News & World Report  “America’s Best Colleges”
  • Undergrad Research and Creative Projects: No. 44 in the Nation
    • U.S. News & World Report  “A Focus on Student Success” national benchmark
  • Best in the West: Princeton Review’s “Best Regional Colleges,” 2021
    • Recognized in 2021 list
  • America’s Top Colleges: Forbes 
    • Forbes “America’s Top Colleges” for 2019
  • Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education National Rankings, 2020
    • Recognized in 2020 college rankings
  • Money Magazine “Best College”
    • Recognized in 2020 list for quality, affordability and student outcomes
  • Colleges of Distinction
    • Recognized in 2020-21 list
  • Military Friendly Schools 
    • National Designation, 2020-21 list
  • Top Producer of Fulbright Student Scholars, 2018-19
    • Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Tops In Student Engagement
    • National Survey of Student Engagement, 2019 National Survey
  • The Princeton Review Top 50 In the Nation
    • Recognized in 2020 game design programs