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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    B
  3. Diversity
    A-
  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
Abilene Christian is an above-average private, Christian university located in Abilene, Texas. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 3,562 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Abilene Christian acceptance rate is 51%. Popular majors include Business Administration and Management, Psychology, and Marketing. Graduating 62% of students, Abilene Christian alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,600.
About Abilene Christian University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
Address
1600 Campus Court
Abilene, TX 79699
Website
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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

Acceptance Rate
51%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
930-1160
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$26,916/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $23,207/ year
  • $30-48k
    $22,762/ year
  • $49-75k
    $24,129/ year
  • $76-110k
    $26,998/ year
  • $110k+
    $29,553/ year
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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
62%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.74 responses
64%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.74 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,562Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
27%
Varsity Athletes
10%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 56 responses
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  • Friendly
    48%
  • Most loving Jesus
    29%
  • Rich
    14%
  • Happy
    7%
  • Non-traditional student
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
82%
Poll
45%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.94 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.113 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 59 responses
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  • Welcoming and encouraging
    49%
  • Friendly and Christlike
    31%
  • Nice then quickly becomes clique-ish
    14%
  • Generally nice and supportive
    3%
  • Community
    2%
  • Joyful and inviting
    2%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
62%
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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The overall environment at ACU was very welcoming and diverse. I enjoyed being a tutor for one of ACU's classes and was an employee for the on-campus tech support for the entire length of my time at ACU. My professors all really cared about me and my wellbeing. My greatest disappointment with ACU lies with its recently announced policy regarding LGBT student employees as its discriminating and distasteful rhetoric doesn't reflect the actual opinion of the campus population (my engagement with professors, staff, and students and observance of the collective outrage over the policy has confirmed as much for me). As an LGBT student who had an active role in multiple campus positions, it was greatly disappointing to learn the administration's recent decision. I hope that they will revoke this discriminating change, as the community here is really accepting and loving. Many allies rose up over the past semester to challenge the policy and were seen wearing pride pins to graduation.
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ACU is a great school! Being an out of state student is intimidating, but ACU makes it easy to get connected, and I'm so thankful for the college experience I've had so far. The academics are rigorous, but the professors actually care about you and I have weekly meetings with my professors to go over things and get help. Abilene can definitely be boring at times, especially freshman year, but joining a social club or getting involved in volunteering or intramurals really changes everything and now I wish I had more free time.
Although it does not have the sense of awe that some state schools possess, ACU does a fantastic job at preparing its students for a life of purpose and success. The facilities have recently been renovated and the campus as never looked as good. Unlike other schools, the class sizes are manageable which gives you a chance to develop actual relationships with your professors. The connections that the university has are just as good as the most well-known schools. Companies and graduate schools across the country recruit for internships and jobs year round so for the ambitious there are opportunities out there. Like anything, you get out what you put in and ACU has a lot to offer.