Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is a private university located in Abilene, Texas. It was established in 1906 as the Childers Classical Institute. The university has an enrollment of more than 4,500. The student body at ACU represents all 50 U.S. states and more than 55 countries all over the world. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Biblical Studies
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • Graduate School
  • Graduate School of Theology
  • School of Information Technology and Computing
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work

Abilene Christian University is a member of the Lone Star Conference of the NCAA Division II. Its sports teams participate in a wide variety of sports, and are known as the Wildcats.

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Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court
Abilene , TX 79699
General Phone: (325) 674-2000

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Abilene Christian Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts222Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, liberal arts and sciences, peace and conflict resolution, international studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, ...
Business and Management219business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Education and Teaching106educational administration, higher education administration, special ed, school counseling, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, English teaching, ...
Media85communication studies, journalism, broadcast journalism, photojournalism, digital communications, public relations, communication and journalism
Religion and Philosophy82bible studies, missionary studies, ministry, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, pastoral counseling and ministries, theology and religious vocations
Therapy and Counseling61psychology, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology, marriage and family therapy
Science49biology, biochemistry, chemistry, physics
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy47health and physical education, sports and fitness management, dietitian
Family and Social Work38family studies, family systems, social work
Medical Support and Technology34speech pathology
Nursing and Emergency Medicine30registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner
Fine Arts20fine arts, fine arts studies
Design19interior design
Drama and Performing Arts12drama
Security and Law Enforcement11criminal justice and administration
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science
Agricultural Science and Management9agricultural operations
Conservation and Resource Management9environmental science
Medicine5gerontology, medical preparatory
Animal Science and Care3animal science
Architecture and Planning3architectural services
Engineering3engineering physics, engineering science
Music1music, piano, voice
Art Studies0art studies
Photography and Commercial Art0commercial art
Landscaping and Horticulture0range management

Number of programs and degrees for Abilene Christian in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree85071
Associate's degree31
Master's degree17034
Postbaccalaureate certificate523
Award of less than 1 academic year11
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship61
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01
Post-master's certificate11

Abilene Christian Student Body

In 2007-2008, Abilene Christian had a total enrollment of 4,675 students (4,399 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 83%
Graduate 17%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 75%
Black 8%
Hispanic 7%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 33%
20-21 34%
22-24 17%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 2%
40-49 3%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%
New Mexico1%
New York1%

Abilene Christian Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 74 %

Abilene Christian Room and Board (2007)

Abilene Christian offers campus housing for 1,874 of its 4,399 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Abilene, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Abilene Christian Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal485610
SAT Math490615
ACT Verbal2128
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT55%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT45%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Abilene Christian Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,930
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,930
Room and board $ 7,236
Room charge $ 3,150
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,086
Books and supplies $ 1,150
Other expenses $ 3,184

Financial Aid:
Abilene Christian participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 353700)

Abilene Christian Faculty

Abilene Christian has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track5024
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1525

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year49$79,2597$71,916
Associate professoracademic year47$65,56016$59,326
Assistant professoracademic year42$55,86626$51,930
Instructoracademic year12$55,57822$40,976
All faculty totalacademic year150$66,52271$52,173

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Abilene Christian Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Lone Star Conference
Basketball Lone Star Conference
Baseball Lone Star Conference
Track Lone Star Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports173754

Abilene Christian Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture and Related Services, Other

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Foreign Language Teacher Education
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
History Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering Physics
Engineering Science

Family And Social Work
Family Systems
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Range Science and Management

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
International/Global Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Public Relations/Image Management

Medical Support And Technology
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other

Music, General
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Youth Ministry

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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Abilene Christian Highlights

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What Sets Abilene Christian Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 7%Abilene Christian Number of degree programs
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Abilene Christian % of degrees in religion and philosophy
% of full-time faculty on tenure track
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Abilene Christian % of full-time faculty on tenure track
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 14%Abilene Christian Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in fine arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Abilene Christian % of degrees in fine arts
Number of students
(vs. all colleges)
Top 16%Abilene Christian Number of students
Male % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 18%Abilene Christian Male % of student body
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Abilene Christian Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in liberal arts
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Abilene Christian % of degrees in liberal arts

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checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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