Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Abilene Christian is a church-affiliated university. It was founded in 1906, became a senior college in 1919, and gained university status in 1976. Its 208-acre campus is located in Abilene, 150 miles west of Fort Worth.

Website: www.acu.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,670
Undergraduate
Students
(58.4%) 2,145 Women
(41.6%) 1,525 Men
1,479
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
51% of 10,252 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 15

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.62
SAT Math
558 average
515-600 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
566 average
510-620 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
24 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$49,792
Tuition and Fees
$34,850
Room and Board
$10,350
Average Percent of Need Met
69%
Average Freshman Award
$24,361
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
266
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Abilene Population
118,117
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
47% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Wildcats
Sororities
35% of women participate
Fraternities
28% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
9.1% Black/African-American
17.8% Hispanic/Latino
5.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.3% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students
3.9% from 42 countries
First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
55%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
33.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   3
Science   3
Foreign Language   2
Social Studies    
History   1
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required February 15
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1600 Campus Court
City, State, Zip
Abilene, TX 79699
Phone
(325) 674-2650
Fax
 
E-mail
info@admissions.acu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 15
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 15
Accept Offer of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
Yes
Early Action Deadline
Not reported
Early Action Notification
Not reported

Application Form

Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
 
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
51% of 10,252 applicants were admitted
Women
53% of 6,194 applicants were admitted
Men
48% of 4,058 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
1,078 (21%) of 5,217 admitted students enrolled
Women
630 (19%) of 3,268 admitted students enrolled
Men
448 (23%) of 1,949 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
66% of 5599 applicants were admitted
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.62
3.75 and Above
45%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
16%
3.00 - 3.24
9%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
558 average
515-600 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
3%
Score of 600 - 700
25%
Score of 500 - 600
53%
Score of 400 - 500
18%
Score of 300 - 400
1%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
566 average
510-620 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
5%
Score of 600 - 700
33%
Score of 500 - 600
44%
Score of 400 - 500
18%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
24 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
8%
Score of 24 - 29
42%
Score of 18 - 23
46%
Score of 12 - 17
4%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 22%
Top quarter: 54%
Top half: 84%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$49,792
Tuition and Fees
$34,850
Room and Board
$10,350
Books and Supplies
$1,250
Other Expenses
$3,342
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 003537
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
828 (88.1%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
717 (86.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
717 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
195 (27.2%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
69%
Average Award
$24,361
Need-Based Gift
Received by 717 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $22,109
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 465 (64.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,472
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 717 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
241 (25.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $14,953

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,877 (81.9%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,379 (82.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,376 (99.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
633 (26.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
67%
Average Award
$23,433
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,368 (99.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $20,532
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,552 (65.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,516
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 2,356 (99.2%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,157 (32.9%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $13,365

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
Not reported
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
Not reported
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Biological Sciences, Business, Communication, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies, Social Sciences
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Cheerleading/Drum Major, Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff, Ethnic Background, First-Generation College Students, Local/State Students, Members of Minorities, Out-of-State Students, Previous College Experience, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
Not reported
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dietetics/Dietitian
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering Science
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Game and Interactive Media Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General
  • Information Resources Management
  • Information Technology
  • Interior Design
  • International/Global Studies
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Lay Ministry
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Ophthalmic Laboratory Technology/Technician
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Law Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Pharmacy Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Sciences, Other
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Visual and performing arts
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Animal health professions
Special Programs
Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
266
Part-Time Faculty
183
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
47%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 10% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 7% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 30% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 40% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 23% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 1% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
826,835
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
466
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Liberal Arts, Master of Science, Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Education, Master of Arts in Christian Ministries

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Conflict Resolution and Mediation/Peace Studies
  • Counseling Psychology
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • English
  • Higher Education
  • Human Resources Development
  • Human Services
  • Liberal Studies
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Missions and Missiology
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling
  • Psychology--General
  • Religion
  • Rhetoric
  • Social Work
  • Theology
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Ministry

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Human Services
  • Pastoral Ministry and Counseling

Location and Setting


Abilene Population
118,117
Nearest Metropolitan Area
 
Campus Size
262 acres

Weather

Temperature
30.8 average low in January, 91.4 average high in September
Rain
67 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
3 mile(s) from campus in Abilene
Nearest Train Station
180 mile(s) from campus in Dallas

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing
Students in College Housing
47% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
53%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Wildcats
School Colors
Purple and white

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x x
Golf     x x
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf    
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x x
Golf x x
Soccer    
Softball    
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
basketball, football, racquetball, soccer, softball, table tennis, tennis, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, student association, graduate students association, spring break campaigns, international students association, lynay
Sororities
35% of women participate
Fraternities
28% of men participate
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,670
Women
2,145 (58.4%)
Men
1,525 (41.6%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,512
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1.2% Asian
9.1% Black/African-American
17.8% Hispanic/Latino
5.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.3% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students.
3.9% from 42 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
1,479

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
76.5%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
48.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
60.1%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
61.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
55%
Average Starting Salary
55%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
33.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 4%
Engineering 0.3%
Law 2.4%
Theology 1.6%
Arts and Sciences 16.2%
Medicine 1.9%
Education 3%
Other 3.6%

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