University description (as per official university website)
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. ACU is a national leader in Christian higher education and a place where students, faculty, staff and alumni change the world.
ACU is a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community that engages students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth, equipping them to make a real difference in the world.
Our Religious Heritage
ACU is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The university welcomes all students who value the strong Christian environment and exceptional teaching offered on the campus. Required daily chapel and required Bible courses contribute to the open acknowledgment of Christian faith as an important aspect of the lives of most ACU students. All faculty, staff, administrators and members of the Board of Trustees are Christians.
-Selective, private, master's-level university founded in 1906 in Abilene, Texas
-Graduates accepted into medical schools at a rate more than twice the national average
-Graduates accepted into law schools at a rate of more than 90 percent
-One of only 13 private universities in nation with accredited journalism program
-Undergraduates included in significant faculty research projects
-Ranked fourth among 700 colleges and universities nationwide for investment performance for the 12 months ending June 30, 2006
-Majority of students actively volunteer in the community
All-Christian faculty personally interested in students' studies and lives
-Students may choose from 62 baccalaureate majors that include more than 100 areas of study, 25 master's degree programs and one doctoral program
-Career network of 86,000 ACU alumni in every state and 109 countries
-Annual enrollment of 4,800 students from across the U.S. and 60 nations
-62 national athletics team championships
-Beautiful, 208-acre, modern campus 180 miles west of Dallas/Fort Worth area
Our Students and Faculty
More than 4,800 students, including about 630 graduate students, come to ACU from 50 states and 60 countries. We have a diverse and global environment, which we believe enriches student learning. Our students are served by about 220 faculty members who focus on high-quality teaching, scholarship and service. More than 90 percent of tenure-track faculty hold terminal degrees. The student/faculty ratio is 16:1. The faculty and administrators are actively involved as leaders and presenters in many national professional associations, and ACU is an active member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The university offers generous merit scholarships to incoming students with exceptional academic records and demonstrated leadership skills, and ACU attracts some of the nation's brightest students who want to study in a Christian environment. Students have found that the small classes taught by talented, caring faculty members provide them an advantage when they search for jobs after graduation or apply to graduate schools. Because ACU's teachers know their students so well and often serve as mentors, they are able to provide excellent references to medical schools, law schools, graduate programs and future employers.
At ACU, students experience some rare opportunities to prepare for their future careers. In the physics program, undergraduate students regularly participate with faculty members at national nuclear physics laboratories and make national and international presentations. Most universities only allow graduate students to participate in this high-level work. In the journalism program, students produce a twice-weekly newspaper that has received All-American honors every year since 1975.
Communication majors regularly win national debate competitions against large, prestigious universities. English students win highly competitive writing competitions. Business majors travel to Colorado for a unique leadership institute. Basically, in every field of study, ACU prepares students to become Christian leaders.
The university includes the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Theology, the School of Information Technology and Computing, the School of Social Work, and the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing. High-tech classrooms, 24-hour computer labs in the residence halls, fast Internet connections, email access as an incoming student and much more guarantee our students are prepared for the fast-paced technological world of today.
Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masterís and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Ga. 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of ACU.
The Margaret and Herman Brown Library at Abilene Christian University holds more than one million items including books, microforms, audio-visual materials, periodicals and government documents.
ACU is a depository library for U.S. Government Documents. The library's Special Collections department includes rare books and Bibles, manuscripts, and archival materials. The Center for Restoration Studies, headquartered in the library, is a magnet for church history scholars.
As a charter member of the Abilene Library Consortium, the ACU library enjoys a shared automation system including an on-line catalog that shows the holdings of ACU, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University and the Abilene Public Library. The system also gives students access to a large number of indexes, abstracts, library catalogs and other databases. Other electronic resources at the library include CD-ROM databases and the Lexis/Nexis on-line service.
Distinctive Academic Environment
Abilene Christian University places great value on the dynamic relationship that should exist between professors and their students. Many institutions rely extensively on graduate assistants. Not ACU. All our courses are taught by qualified faculty members. And when professors work on research projects, you can usually find undergraduates by their side, a rarity elsewhere.
How do we know this philosophy works? Because each year, some of the nation's top businesses come to our campus to interview because they know ACU students have the education and preparation needed to succeed.
Outstanding faculty. Great facilities. Good jobs and graduate school. They're all the result of ACU's uncommon commitment to teaching and learning. ACU prepares its graduates for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.
As a residential campus, ACU is alive with activities from concerts and comedians to weeknight devotionals and poetry readings. Many students participate in intramural sports, men's and women's social clubs, Spring Break mission campaigns, and the annual Sing Song performance event. More than 90 campus organizations give students many venues for involvement and leadership. ACU also provides opportunities to study abroad in several different countries. The university is located in Abilene, Texas, an All-America City of 111,000 people with a variety of social, religious, athletic and cultural activities. Abilene is a safe, fun place to live Ė all the amenities without the hassles of a mega-city.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II) and the Lone Star Conference, ACU competes in football, menís and womenís basketball, baseball, menís golf, menís and womenís cross country, menís and womenís track and field, womenís volleyball, menís and womenís tennis, women's soccer and womenís softball. During the past decade, ACU has consistently been ranked by the Learfield Director's Cup competition as having one of the best NCAA Division II athletics programs in the nation.