Abilene Christian University is a private, Christ-centered institution of higher learning located in Abilene, Texas or about 150 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Established in 1906 by A.B. Barret, ACU has become a premier institution of learning that provides students with an excellent education as well as spiritual guidance that enables them with the tools to make a difference in the world.
The University provides both undergraduate and graduate programs, including 71 baccalaureate majors and 125 areas of undergraduate study. ACU is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as regionally accredited.
The city of Abilene has around 117,000 people and as an educational center it draws in a variety of cultural diversity, entertainment and support programs. Students of ACU come from almost every state in the United States and 43 countries worldwide. As a fairly selective university, ACU admits just 64% of applicants and has a 75% retention rate. Enrollment at ACU is comprised of about 4,600 students, in addition to 800 graduate students. Although each specific school within ACU varies, around 59% of students on average graduate within six years.
ACU has several different schools to specialize in, some of which are the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Education, Business Administration and several graduate schools.
Due to the university’s strong undergraduate programs and highly qualified faculty, ACU graduates are accepted into medical school at a rate more than twice the national average and graduates are also accepted into law schools at a rate of more than 90 percent. Furthermore, ACU is one of only six church-affiliated universities that have a journalism program that is accredited by ACEJMC. One major bonus of becoming an ACU student is that all full-time undergraduate students receive an iPhone of iPod touch as part of the university’s award-winning mobile-learning initiative. Professors at ACU take a genuine interest in their students’ lives and wellbeing and are dedicated to providing their students with the tools and support to grow into highly educated, spiritual leaders. U.S. News & World Report recognized this extraordinary commitment to students and lists ACU as the No. 1 “Up and Coming” university in the West Region.
ACU offers a broad range of graduate programs ranging from Accounting to Nursing to Education. In addition to their residential programs, ACU also offers several online graduate programs. The University offers five online Master’s Degree programs and four online Certificate programs. Of the five online Master’s programs, all of them are completed in an average of two years by working professionals. The online Certificate programs are normally completed with an average of 12 credit hours.
As a private university, tuition and fees are the same regardless of in-state or out-of-state status. As of 2012, tuition and fees are around $26,770; however, 68% on average of ACU’s financial need is met with an average financial aid package of $15,191.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Church of Christ
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctorate degree
Adult Age Enrollments:846
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