Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private non-profit university affiliated with the Churches of Christ located in Abilene, Texas. ACU offers over 70 bachelor's programs and over 24 master's degrees. Some of the majors available for bachelor degree seeking students include, Agricultural Business, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Sociology.

  • Average Tuition USD 32,020
  • Acceptance Rate 49%
  • Students 4,554
  • International Students 3%
  • Scholarships Yes
  • Student-Faculty Ratio 15:1

School Description

Abilene Christian University was established in 1906 as the Childers Classical Institute. In 1912, the school officially became Abilene Christian College. Along with campus growth, the total number of student enrollment reached 300. After further growth to the campus, and a relocation to a larger area, the college officially gained university status in 1976.

Abilene Christian University has a student enrollment over 4,500 that come from 41 different countries. ACU has a 262 acre campus located in Abilene, which is about 150 miles west of Dallas. Students at ACU have plenty of opportunities to be active on campus with over 100 student organizations available. Some of these organizations include ACU Lacrosse, Cycling Club, and the International Students' Association (ISA).

Bachelor Programs

  • Abilene Christian University
    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Accountancy

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Advertising

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the creation, execution, transmission, and evaluation of commercial messages in various media intended to promote and sell products, services, and brands; and that prepares individuals to function as advertising assistants, technicians, and managers. Includes instruction in advertising theory, marketing strategy, advertising design and production methods, campaign methods and techniques, media management, related principles of business management, and applicable technical and equipment skills.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Agribusiness

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on agriculture and related sciences and that prepare individuals to apply specific knowledge, methods, and techniques to the management and performance of agricultural operations.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Animal Science

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on combined studies and research in the humanities subjects as distinguished from the social and physical sciences, emphasizing languages, literatures, art, music, philosophy and religion.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Art History

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the study of the historical development of art as social and intellectual phenomenon, the analysis of works of art, and art conservation. Includes instruction in the theory of art, art history research methods, connoisseurship, the preservation and conservation of works of art, and the study of specific periods, cultures, styles, and themes.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Biology

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A general program of biology at the introductory, basic level or a program in biology or the biological sciences that is undifferentiated as to title or content. Includes instruction in general biology and programs covering a variety of biological specializations.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Chemistry

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of the composition and behavior of matter, including its micro- and macro-structure, the processes of chemical change, and the theoretical description and laboratory simulation of these phenomena.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Childhood Education

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to infant and pre-school age children with special learning needs or disabilities, and that prepares individuals to teach such students. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Communication

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Computer Science

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on computer theory, computing problems and solutions, and the design of computer systems and user interfaces from a scientific perspective. Includes instruction in the principles of computational science, computer development and programming, and applications to a variety of end-use situations.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Criminal Justice

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply theories and practices of organization management and criminal justice to the administration of public law enforcement agencies and operations. Includes instruction in law enforcement history and theory, operational command leadership, administration of public police organizations, labor relations, incident response strategies, legal and regulatory responsibilities, budgeting, public relations, and organizational leadership.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Engineering

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that prepare individuals to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of practical problems.

  • Abilene Christian University
    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Engineering Physics

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program focusing on the use of physics principles in the analysis and evaluation of engineering problems and other scientific applications. Includes instruction in high- and low-temperature phenomena, computational physics, superconductivity, applied thermodynamics, molecular and particle physics applications, and space science research.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Finance

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    An integrated or combined program in accounting and finance that prepares individuals to function as accountants and financial managers or analysts.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Fine Arts

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    Any instructional program in fine arts and art studies not listed above.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Graphic Design

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to apply artistic and computer techniques to the interpretation of technical and commercial concepts. Includes instruction in computer-assisted art and design, printmaking, concepts sketching, technical drawing, color theory, imaging, studio technique, still and life modeling, multimedia applications, communication skills and commercial art business operations.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Interior Design

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of architecture and to conduct research in various aspects of the field. Includes instruction in architectural design, history, and theory; building structures and environmental systems; project and site planning; construction; professional responsibilities and standards; and related cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Journalism

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of gathering, processing, and delivering news and that prepares individuals to be professional print journalists, news editors, and news managers. Includes instruction in news writing and editing; reporting; photojournalism; layout and graphic design; journalism law and policy; professional standards and ethics; research methods; and journalism history and criticism.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Management

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to adapt in a rapidly changing, dynamic, and competitive global marketplace

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Marketing

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals to undertake and manage the process of developing consumer audiences and moving products from producers to consumers. Includes instruction in buyer behavior and dynamics, principle of marketing research, demand analysis, cost-volume and profit relationships, pricing theory, marketing campaign and strategic planning, market segments, advertising methods, sales operations and management, consumer relations, retailing, and applications to specific products and markets.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Mathematics

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the analysis of quantities, magnitudes, forms, and their relationships, using symbolic logic and language. Includes instruction in algebra, calculus, functional analysis, geometry, number theory, logic, topology and other mathematical specializations.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Music

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the knowledge and skills associated with personal music appreciation, the playing of a musical instrument, singing or recreational composition. This CIP code is not valid for IPEDS reporting.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Music Education

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Nursing

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that generally prepares individuals in the knowledge, techniques and procedures for promoting health, providing care for sick, disabled, infirmed, or other individuals or groups. Includes instruction in the administration of medication and treatments, assisting a physician during treatments and examinations, Referring patients to physicians and other health care specialists, and planning education for health maintenance.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Nutrition Science

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A scientific program that focuses on the utilization of food for human growth and metabolism, in both normal and dysfunctional states, from the interdisciplinary perspective of the agricultural, human, biological, and biomedical sciences. Includes instruction in food science, biochemistry, physiology, dietetics, food and nutrition studies, biotechnology, biophysics, and the clinical sciences.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Photography

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the principles and techniques of communicating information, ideas, moods, and feelings through the creation of images on photographic film, plates, and digital images and that may prepare individuals to be professional photographic artists. Includes instruction in camera and equipment operation and maintenance, film and plate developing, light and composition, films and printing media, color and special effects, photographic art, photographic history, use of computer applications to record or enhance images and applications to the photography of various subjects.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Physics

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the scientific study of matter and energy, and the formulation and testing of the laws governing the behavior of the matter-energy continuum. Includes instruction in classical and modern physics, electricity and magnetism, thermodynamics, mechanics, wave properties, nuclear processes, relativity and quantum theory, quantitative methods, and laboratory methods.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Public Affairs

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic analysis of public policy issues and decision processes. Includes instruction in the role of economic and political factors in public decision-making and policy formulation, microeconomic analysis of policy issues, resource allocation and decision modeling, cost/benefit analysis, statistical methods, and applications to specific public policy topics.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Social Sciences

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the systematic study of social systems, social institutions, and social behavior.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Social Work

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Sociology

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the systematic study of human social institutions and social relationships. Includes instruction in social theory, sociological research methods, social organization and structure, social stratification and hierarchies, dynamics of social change, family structures, social deviance and control, and applications to the study of specific social groups, social institutions, and social problems.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Spanish

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the Spanish language and related dialects. Includes instruction in philology; Modern Castillan; Latin American and regional Spanish dialects; and applications in business, science/technology, and other settings.

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    Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Wildlife and Natural Resource Management

    USD 32,020 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on environment-related issues using scientific, social scientific, or humanistic approaches or a combination. Includes instruction in the basic principles of ecology and environmental science and related subjects such as policy, politics, law, economics, social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.

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  • SchoolApply Ranking 701
  • Forbes (USA) 495

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  • Minimum GPA 2.50
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 80
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.00

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    Established in 1906

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    Abilene Christian University has a 113,000 square feet recreation center for its students, and it offers many health and wellness services that includes a rock wall and lazy river.

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          • 1989-1990, MA

            Great Education - Exceptional Learning Environment

            The classes were engaging, the faculty energized and interested in the students and more than that, always coaching you on some of the "gray" areas that so often crop up in life and require delicate decisions and actions. I would not be the person I am without having attended ACU. And I certainly wouldn't have been able to weather some of the less than reputable work situations and power hungry individuals without the building blocks established here.

          • 1967-1971, BS Bus Admin

            A Grat Heritage for Chrstin Base Education

            Beside the fact that my grandmother, parents, brother and sister, wife and enough other relatives that could fill the HMS Queen Mary are alumni of Abilene Christian, I look back on my years at ACU with fond memories and great appreciation for the professors, staff and other alumni who mentored and encouraged me in so many ways throughout the years. The life-long friendships established and cultivated at ACU and the Christian based education I received helped set me on a path for success in both the professional and personal aspects of my life.

          • 1993-1997, MBA

            Outstanding Community and High Quality Education

            Studying at COBA, I am extremely grateful for the personal interest the faculty and staff took in developing and equipping me for my career and calling. I hold my professors and the school leadership in very high regard and reflect back on the time in my life with gratitude.