Student Life

At Abilene Christian University, you will be immersed in a community of passionate learners and believers, with whom you’ll find your voice and your purpose. Together, you will plan unforgettable outings and cheer at athletic events you won’t want to miss.

From Wildcat Week to Commencement to the rest of your life, Abilene Christian University will become a place to call home.

At Abilene Christian University, you will be immersed in a community of passionate learners and believers, with whom you’ll find your voice and your purpose. Together, you will plan unforgettable outings and cheer at athletic events you won’t want to miss.

From Wildcat Week to Commencement to the rest of your life, Abilene Christian University will become a place to call home.

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Residence Life

Your living and learning environment at ACU will be shaped by our five pillars of community: advocacy, belonging, intentionality, safety and spirituality. We seek to encourage your enthusiasm and your passion, your culture and your talents, your curiosity and your faith. This is a place for challenging dialogue, selfless service and unique self-expression—and we can’t wait for you to join in.

Spiritual Formation

Our chapel services and ministry opportunities connect you with God, each other and the broader community in Abilene. ACU’s daily chapel—running strong since 1906—is supplemented by small group and departmental chapels that invite you to learn and worship in close community.

Student Organizations

With more than 100 student organizations, ACU is home to every opportunity you can imagine to apply your talents and enthusiasm, take on a leadership role or gain real-world experience managing an organization or cause that you value. Co-curricular and extra-curricular campus activities at ACU include intramural sports, Greek life, art, music and business clubs, and more.

Students in the ACU fitness center

Recreation and Wellness

Our world-class recreation and wellness center is bursting with possibilities for you to exert your energy and test your limits. From the lazy river to the bouldering wall, encouraged by personal trainers and equipped for outdoor adventures, you’ll discover just how far your potential can take you at ACU.

First Generation Students

If you will be among the first in your family to earn an undergraduate degree, we’re eager to support your journey with powerful, tailored resources. ACU’s First Generation program equips you with a committed support system inclusive of workshops, events and peer connections. We will help you navigate your transition at ACU, your skills in self-advocacy and ultimately your success as an empowered and celebrated student.

Students taking pictures of the Johann Sebastian Bach statue

Study Abroad

ACU is surrounded by beauty and energy here in Abilene, Texas, and we’re also eager to connect you with God’s work all over the world through our faculty-led study abroad semester programs. You could find yourself engaging with the deep Christian roots of Oxford, England; immersed in Spanish language and South American culture in Montevideo, Uruguay; or exploring the history of music and philosophy in Leipzig, Germany.

Academic Support

Part of our community commitment at ACU is providing the tools and resources to support your academic success. In addition to our brilliant librarians and thoughtful faculty, you’ll have access to tutoring services, academic advising and helpful tools to track your progress toward graduation.

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EXPLORE ABILENE, TX

This colorful mural by Rolando Diaz brightens the view on Abilene's South First Street.

ACU isn’t just a campus; it’s a mainstay of the broader community in Abilene, Texas, a hub of excellent dining, captivating cultural events and plenty of local coffee shops and boutiques. We engage with our 120,000 neighbors through service projects and partnerships, plentiful celebrations, farmers markets and, of course, those coveted leisure days. For the broader Texas experience, Abilene is in the middle of everything: 2.5 hours from Dallas/Fort Worth, 3 hours from Austin and 5 hours from the beauty of the Gulf Coast.