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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    B+
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B+
About Abilene Christian University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
Address
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79699
Website
From Abilene Christian University

ACU is home to 5,200 students from 49 states and 46 nations. We are deeply rooted in Christian values and fueled by innovative teaching to prepare you for success in today’s global marketplace. Here, you will be challenged intellectually while developing spiritually, all in preparation for successful Christian service and leadership. We want to be a place where you can grow in your faith and come to better understand who Jesus is what what he’s called you to do in the world. At ACU, we focus on experiential learning opportunities through study abroad, internships, missional opportunities and undergraduate research. With more than 100 student organizations, you’re bound to find one (or more!) that fits your interests, talents and skills. From spiritual formation, to student productions, to athletics, there are lots of ways to get involved and show your Wildcat pride. We hope you will consider joining our ACU community.

Abilene Christian University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
58%
SAT Range
1020-1220
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$27,175/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$18,599/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
90%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.70 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.75 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.75 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,508Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
158
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
24%
Varsity Athletes
12%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 57 responses
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  • Friendly
    47%
  • Most loving Jesus
    28%
  • Rich
    16%
  • Happy
    7%
  • Non-traditional student
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
86%
Poll
44%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.95 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.114 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 60 responses
Report
  • Welcoming and encouraging
    48%
  • Friendly and Christlike
    30%
  • Nice then quickly becomes clique-ish
    13%
  • Generally nice and supportive
    3%
  • Community
    2%
  • Home away from home
    2%
  • Joyful and inviting
    2%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $43,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    61%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    88%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.57 responses
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    Abilene Christian University Reviews

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    ACU is more than a Christian college but a family that heavily relies on lifting each others spirits and treating each other like brothers and sisters in Christ as Wildcats. Understandably, the "C" scares people because believe that students wear white, speak in tongues, and carry a bible in hand or in a backpack when in all honesty, the comparisons are incorrect and what we do here isn't as excruciating people think it is! As an incoming freshman, I can already feel the love of Christ and the staff here that I feel safer here and that I thank my Lord and Savior for helping me pick the right college. For any Christians, other students seeking to get know Jesus in college, or is interested in ministry, then I believe whole-heartedly that ACU is the right place to spend your four-years at!
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    I love the professors and the actual education environment. I do not feel as if my large amount of tuition, goes to anything helpful. The dorms are awful and so dated. Many classrooms are dated. There is barely any parking, with the number of students and money, they should build a parking garage. The college forces students to get chapel credits.. while that's not a bad thing, many students do not take it seriously and are on their phones or computers in chapel. When we are required an absurd amount of credits, it is very difficult to find time to meed to requirement and balance the only hour of free time and lunch. There have been reports of theft, car break-ins and discomfort from people who come onto our open campus, especially in the library. My friend had her backpack, laptop, and wallet stolen in the library from a convicted felon! Security needs to be more or a priority!
    ACU is an amazing university that is very welcoming the moment you step foot on campus. The faculty provides multiple opportunities and support to help each and every one of their students to be the best that they can be. I have made many friends here at ACU, and we continuously help each other through tough times wether it be academic or personal situations. ACU is my second home and I hope it becomes yours too!