Abilene Christian University

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School Overview

Abilene Christian University, commonly referred to as “ACU”, is a private university located in west central Texas, in the town of Abilene. ACU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and was founded in 1906 as Childers Classical Institute. In the fall of 2011 Abilene Christian University had an enrollment of 4,558 students, 787 of which were graduate students. Today, ACU enrolls students from across America and around the world.

General Information

Admission Office
ACU Box 29000
Abilene, TX 79699
(325) 674-2650
(800) 460-6228
Fax: (325) 674-2130

Contact: Hayley Webb
Director of Admissions
Main Address
ACU Box 29100
Abilene, TX 79699-9100
(325) 674-2000
Total undergrads: 3,906
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 971
Degree-seeking undergrads: 3,845
Graduate enrollment: 763

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Calendar: Semester

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 47%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 3,470
Percent Admitted: 64%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 39%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 490 (25th Percentile)
  • 620 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 505 (25th Percentile)
  • 610 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 22 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 29 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 27 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $17,410 $18,930 $20,290 $22,760 +12.17%
Books and Supplies $1,100 $1,150 $1,200 $1,250 +4.17%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,350 $7,236 $7,510 $7,884 +4.98%
Other $3,090 $3,184 $3,300 $3,406 +3.21%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $27,950 $30,500 $32,300 $35,300 +9.29%
In-state Off Campus $18,510 $20,080 $21,490 $24,010 +11.73%
In-state with Family $18,510 $20,080 $21,490 $24,010 +11.73%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $12,906
In-state Student Fees $1,250
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $12,906
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,250

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 939 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 936 96% $8,673,739 $9,267
• Federal grants 213 22% $870,323 $4,086
• Pell grants 205 21% $682,288 $3,328
• Other federal grants 177 18% $188,035 $1,062
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 342 35% $1,282,125 $3,749
Institutional scholarships or grants 915 94% $6,521,291 $7,127
Student loan financial aid 601 62% $6,177,290 $10,278
• Federal student loans 593 61% $4,575,973 $7,717
• Other student loans 149 15% $1,601,317 $10,747

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 836 280 2 4 50
Agriculture, General 10
Agribusiness/agricultural Business Operations 7
Animal Sciences, General 3
Architecture and Related Services 4
Architecture and Related Services, Other 4
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 43
Biochemistry 19
Biology/biological Sciences, General 24
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 181 41
Accounting 52 41
Business Administration and Management, General 66
Finance, General 23
Information Resources Management 3
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/marketing Management, General 37
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 65 6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 16
Journalism 13
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 8
Public Relations/image Management 13
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 15 6
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 5
Computer Science
Information Technology 5
Education 86 66
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education 3
Education, General 7
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 40
Elementary Education and Teaching 40
English/language Arts Teacher Education 6
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 8
History Teacher Education 1
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 3
Mathematics Teacher Education 8
Music Teacher Education 10
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 12
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 11
Engineering Physics/applied Physics
Engineering Science
English Language and Literature/letters 29 5
English Language and Literature, General 29 5
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 45 38
Dietetics/dietitian 8
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 6
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Marriage and Family Therapy/counseling 19
Nursing Administration 1
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 26
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 11 12
History 8
History, General 8
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 12
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 12
Human Services, General 18 17
Social Work 18 17
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 2
Mathematics and Statistics 5
Mathematics, General 5
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 70 46 50
Gerontology 1 7
International/global Studies 4 1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 66 14
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 31 42
Natural Resources and Conservation 9
Environmental Science 9
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 38
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 7
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 31
Physical Sciences 7
Chemistry, General 3
Physics, General 4
Psychology 55 22
Clinical Psychology 4
Counseling Psychology 11
Psychology, General 55
School Psychology 7
Social Sciences 26
Political Science and Government, General 15
Social Sciences, Other 2
Sociology 9
Theology and Religious Vocations 31 37 2
Bible/biblical Studies 9 1
Divinity/ministry 13
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 3
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other 5 18 2
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other 5 2
Youth Ministry 12
Visual and Performing Arts 56
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 16
Fine/studio Arts, General 21
Graphic Design 1
Interior Design 13
Keyboard Instruments
Music, General 2
Voice and Opera 3
Work and Family Studies 33
Human Development and Family Studies, General 33
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Animal Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architectural Technology A

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Information Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B
Public Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Information Technology B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Engineering Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Human Development/Family Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Medical Dietetics B
Nursing (RN) B
Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Speech-Language Pathology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Gerontology C
Global Studies B
International/global studies C

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Law Enforcement Administration B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Ministry B,C
Missionary Studies B,C
Pre-Ministerial Studies B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Abilene Christian University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (325) 674-2000
Website: www.acu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.acuadmissions.org/start/apply.htm
Address: , Abilene, TX 79699
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 5,292
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 61%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 3,359 (63% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $36,300
Out-of-state Tuition: $36,300
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $21,644

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Abilene Christian University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Abilene Christian University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 2
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 162
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 41
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 21
Education 21341
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2451
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 322
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 14
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 2
Theology and Religious Vocations 26
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 8161292

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Abilene Christian University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $36,300
Out-of-state $36,300
Books and supplies $1,250

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $22,356
Out-of-state $22,356

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 905 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 905 100% $21,644
Student loan aid 523 58% $11,237

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 3,443 97% $20,187
Federal student loans 1,826 52% $10,550

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Abilene Christian University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Abilene Christian University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 11,379 4,346 7,033
Percent admitted 100% 59% 63%
Percent admitted who enrolled 8% 8% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Abilene Christian University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 5,292
Undergraduate enrollment 3,525
Graduate enrollment 1,767

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Abilene Christian University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
    • Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
    • Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs
    • Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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