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2022 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

ACU continues to lead Texas universities in ‘U.S. News’ student success categories

For the third year in a row, Abilene Christian University is the highest-ranking university in Texas in U.S. News & World Report benchmarks focused on programs that lead to student success.  According to U.S. News & World Report methodology, the Academic Programs to Look For benchmarks highlight “colleges and universities that offer well-regarded study abroad, … Continued

Pandemic adds twist to alumna’s job with Clinical Trials of Texas

Cindi (Patterson ’86) Nellis had a full-circle moment when she received her COVID-19 vaccine in December. The inoculation represented her work since April as senior director of marketing and recruitment at Clinical Trials of Texas (CTT), one of the many groups conducting patient trials for the much-anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. “It was really a moving moment,” … Continued

Former FBI agent heads new online criminal justice program at ACU

Brenda McAdoo has spent the last 24 years on a mission: to protect the American people from criminals here and terrorists abroad. As a special agent and crisis negotiator with the Federal Bureau of Investigations, she investigated and brought justice to crimes against children, violent crime, organized crime, and international kidnapping. So after retiring from … Continued

Destanie Crist

Financial management major finds her calling as advocate for victims

While many high school students spend their free time with friends, Destanie Crist found a greater calling – pouring herself into girls her age who were victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, cyberbullying and abuse. Now a financial management major at Abilene Christian University, Destanie has brought her compassion and leadership skills to ACU’s College … Continued

Academic News

2022 U.S. News & World Report Rankings

ACU continues to lead Texas universities in ‘U.S. News’ student success categories

For the third year in a row, Abilene Christian University is the highest-ranking university in Texas in U.S. News & World Report benchmarks focused on programs that lead to student success.  According to U.S. News & World Report methodology, the Academic Programs to Look For benchmarks highlight “colleges and universities that offer well-regarded study abroad, … Continued

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Princeton Review names ACU to ‘Best in the West’ list

Abilene Christian University is listed in the “Best in the West” section of The Princeton Review’s 2022 Best Colleges: Region by Region website resource, launched on Aug. 31. The education services company recommends a total of 654 colleges and universities across five regions: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West and International. The “Best in the West” list … Continued

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ACU awarded $1.4 million grant to help local students

The U.S. Department of Education announced Aug. 9 that Abilene Christian University will receive a federal Talent Search grant of $1,438,050 to help low-income students who would be the first members of their families to earn degrees. The grant’s five years of funding will help 518 Abilene-area students each year find their path to college. … Continued

Alumni News

‘We Light the Fire’ music video highlights ACU’s new branding campaign

ACU has produced an original music video to accompany its new branding campaign, We Light the Fire Within. “ACU has a special spark that carries beyond the classroom,” said Linda Bonnin, senior vice president for marketing and strategic communications, who created the brand story. “The impact our graduates have on their communities through their personal … Continued

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10 Questions with Paralympic coach Shannon Utley

While most of the attention at the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be on the athletes, one of the faces you may see on the sidelines will be that of ACU alumna Shannon Utley (’00) of North Richland Hills, Texas.  She is assistant team lead/track operations for the U.S. Paralympic Team, and this year will mark … Continued

Kathryn Barnard, history alumna

Alumna Kathryn Barnard making history with experience design

When history major Kathryn Barnard (’10) was a sophomore at ACU, she decided she wanted to work in historical museums. For the next two years, she pursued that dream with the help of her professors, even creating her own film documentary for a military veterans’ museum. She learned oral interview methods, film editing, and the … Continued

Campus News

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Two new executives join ACU leadership

Abilene Christian University announced the hiring of two new executives this week. Dan Macaluso is the next vice president for advancement and will begin work at ACU on Oct. 1. Blair Schroeder began recently as the chief planning officer, a newly created position. Vice President for Advancement Macaluso is a senior consultant and principal in … Continued

Great Colleges to Work For Honor Roll 2021

ACU named among ‘2021 Great Colleges to Work For’

Abilene Christian University is one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the latest survey by the Great Colleges to Work For program, marking the 12th time ACU has been recognized in the last 13 years.  The results, released online Sept. 13 and published in the Sept. 17 issue of the … Continued

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Arbor Day Foundation honors ACU for tree care, conservation

The Arbor Day Foundation recognized Abilene Christian University as a Tree Campus Higher Education institution for 2020 – the eighth year ACU has been included in the list. Tree Campus Higher Education, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation, honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and … Continued