Abilene Christian University

Graduates: 697
Undergraduates: 3727
Graduates: 697
Setting: Medium four-year, primarily residential
In-state Tuition: $28,350.00
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,350.00
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:01
SAT / ACT / GPA: 1590 / 24 / 3.58
Public/Private: Private
Male/Female Ratio: 43:57
Campus Housing: Yes
Religious Affiliation: Churches of Christ
Campus Housing: Yes
Acceptance Rate: 50
Application Deadline: February 1

As its name implies, Abilene Christian University is associated with Churches of Christ. Students are required to attend chapel and take bible courses, and they have the option of going on spring break missions to cities across the country. 
 
The campus is situated in Abilene, TX, a small city 180 miles west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. ACU offers 70 majors, including traditional liberal arts and sciences majors and degrees in biblical text, youth and family ministry and vocational missions. 
 
Approximately 99% of students receive grants averaging $14,649. ACU was named an Apple Distinguished School in 2014 in recognition of its pioneering use of iPhones and iPod touches in the classroom. “Sing Song,” an annual musical variety show, draws nearly one-third of the student body. ACU competes in NCAA Division I athletics.

The mission of Abilene Christian University is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.

Abilene Christian University grew from an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson to form a school in West Texas. The Churches of Christ in Abilene agreed to back the project. J.W. Childers sold Barret land and a large house west of the town and lowered the price with the stipulation that the school would be named in his honor. Childers Classical Institute opened in the fall of 1906, with 25 students.
 
When Jesse P. Sewell became president of the institute in 1912, the school began using "Abilene Christian College" on all its printed material. In 1920, the school paid the Childers family $4,000 and formally changed the name.
 
The Optimist, the university's student-produced newspaper, was founded in 1912. The Prickly Pear, the school yearbook, was founded in 1916. The JMC Network, a converged student media operation, was created in 2008 to produce all student-led news media. The campus literary-arts magazine (now The Shinnery Review, formerly The Pickwicker) has been in production since 1933.
 
Abilene Christian College first received school accreditation in 1971 when it became an accredited member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
 
Amberton University, previously Amber University, was created as an extension campus of Abilene Christian University. It was launched in Mesquite, Texas in 1971, moving to Garland, Texas in 1974. It became a separate institution as Amber University in 1982, and was rechristened Amberton University in 2001. Like Abilene Christian University, Amberton remains affiliated with the Churches of Christ.
 
On February 22, 1976, the name was changed to Abilene Christian University. The university celebrated its centennial in the 2005-06 school year. In July 2015, the university signed a lease for an expansion campus located in Addison, Texas. Called ACU Dallas, the new campus began offering several new graduate programs, including an MBA and Ed.D. in organizational leadership.

Urban, 208 acres


Gordon Bethune, former CEO of Continental Airlines Bill Blakeley, former basketball coach at the interscholastic, intercollegiate, and professional levels; ACU Sports Hall of Fame (1993) Grant Boone, sportscaster with the CBS Sports Network. Jeffrey S. Boyd, associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court since 2012 James Browne, Olympic long jumper from Antigua Nelson Coates, Emmy-nominated film production designer and the first alumnus to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Randall "Tex" Cobb, professional boxer, actor Bonnie Curtis, film producer Chris Christian, record producer, recording Artist, songwriter Jody Dean, news anchor of KTVT-TV, Dallas, Texas Holly Dunn, country music artist, painter Ronnie Dunn, singer and songwriter - one half of Brooks & Dunn Don Finto, Pastor and author in Nashville, Tennessee Edward Fudge, theologian Janice Hahn, member of the United States House of Representatives and former Los Angeles City Councilwoman James Hill, professional football player for the Seattle Seahawks Micah P. Hinson, singer and songwriter V. E. Howard, Church of Christ clergyman who started the radio International Gospel Hour, based originally in Texarkana, Texas Robert Dean Hunter, vice-president emeritus of ACU; member of the Texas House of Representatives, District 71, (1986-2007) Ove Johansson, Swedish-born American football fieldgoal record setter, father of Annika Johansson Annika Johansson, stage actress, daughter of Ove Johansson Daniel Johnston, singer and songwriter - attended ACU in his first year of college H. Jeff Kimble, William L. Valentine Professor and Professor of Physics at the California Institute of Technology Johnny Knox, professional football player for NFL team Chicago Bears John Layfield, professional wrestler David Leeson (1978), co-winner of 2004 Pulitzer Prize (previously nominated in 1986, 1990, and 1995) and winner of the Edward R. Murrow and National Headliner Awards Clint Longley, former NFL quarterback with the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Chargers Max Lucado, best-selling Christian author Daryl Richardson, professional football player for the St. Louis Rams Danieal Manning, professional football player.


 


Alumni Association:alumniassociation.acu.edu

Chief_administrator: Dr. Phil Schubert (President)
Fax: 3256742958
Phone: 3256742000
Geographic region: Southwest AZ NM OK TX
Website: www.acu.edu
Financial aid office website: www.acu.edu/campusoffices/sfs/index.html
Net price calculator web address: www.acu.edu/campusoffices/sfs/calculator/freshmen.html
Online application website: www.acuadmissions.org/start/apply.htm
Admission office website: www.acu.edu/admissions
Undergraduate application fee: $50.00
Graduate application fee: $50.00
Member of National Athletic Association: Yes
Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA): Yes
Member of National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIC): Yes
Member of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA): Yes
Member of National Small College Athletic Association (NSCAA): No
Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA): No