Abilene Christian University

Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University (ACU) is an accredited private institution located in Abilene, Texas. Formerly known as the Childers Classical Institute, ACU is in a mission to educate students to prepare them for Christian service and leadership wherever they may be located. It obtained its accreditation in 1971 and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

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Abilene Christian University also had an extension campus called the Amberton University situated in Garland, Texas before it changed to the Abilene Christian University. In 2011, Forbes Magazine named ACU as one of the best colleges in the U.S. owing to its post graduate success, student satisfaction, four-year graduation rate and competitive awards.

Abilene Christian University Beliefs

Abilene Christian University has more than 100 years of experience in developing students critically and missionally for their Christian service. Its mission is to provide exemplary teaching, significant research and service to society.

The school also has several student organizations known as social clubs. These clubs are meant to help in providing service to the institution and communities nearby.


ACU is situated in an urban area on 208 acres of land in Abilene, Texas.


Estimated direct cost for a full-time student living on campus at ACU is $33,336. This includes tuition ($23,610), required fees ($1,660) as well as room and board ($8,066). Additional costs are required for books and supplies. The cost is lower for those living outside the campus at $25,270.

Financial Aid

ACU has a student financial services that ensure equal distribution of resources in compliance with the federal, state and institutional guidelines and teach students to become financially responsible. The university provides financial assistance in the form of grants, scholarships, loans and work-study. It recently received $50 million to fund its scholarships and other financial aid. Students are encouraged to complete the free application for federal student aid (FAFSA) to apply for any financial aid program.

Student Population

In the fall of 2011, ACU had a total of 4,558 students from the U.S. and other countries. This number included 787 graduate students.

Academic Areas of Study

Abilene Christian University provides undergraduate and graduate degree programs with various concentrations. It values its students and professors and has qualified faculty members that provide quality education. Various majors being offered include accounting, advertising/public relations, agricultural business, animal health profession, animal science, architecture, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, Christian ministry, communication, computer science, education, engineering, English, environmental science, graphic design, history, IT, interior design, journalism, math, sociology and theater among others.

Primary Accreditation

Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its business programs are also accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In addition, ACU is affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

Athletic Team

The Wildcats is the name carried by ACU’s athletic teams. Belonging to the Lone Star Conference Division II of the NCAA, the Wildcats has placed fourth in the NCAA in team national championships through 2009 trailing after UCLA, Stanford and USC. ACU’s track and field team for both men and women has won the most national championships.