But let’s get back to the fun. Here are some of the 50+ ways you can get involved at ACU:
Special Interest Groups
A Capella Chorus
Brings a group of individuals closer together through the expression of music.
Abilene Catholic Student Association - ACU Chapter
Helps our members maturely express their beliefs, provides a student symbol of active Catholicism at ACU and unifies students through fellowship, Mass, and other events and activities. We also strive to ease the challenges of Catholic ideals and teachings resulting in the transition from home life to college life.
ACU College Republicans
Provides students the opportunity to be involved in Republican party politics in a college setting.
Presents the opportunity to play lacrosse at the club level against other universities.
Offers professional development, networking for students, and affiliation with national organizations.
Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Club
Develops a spirit of unity among students, assists ACU in the ultimate goal of training young men and women, and promotes the Agricultural and Environmental Sciences department to help it reach its greatest potential.
African Students' Association
An innovative group that provides a support community that helps students nourish their African identity. It celebrates and raises awareness of diverse African cultures to the Abilene Christian University community and the city of Abilene.
American Marketing Association
Provides students the opportunity to explore the fields of marketing with a Christian perspective. Develops résumés, skills, and provides networking opportunities through the Abilene area and ACU community projects. Networks with fellow marketers from other chapters, and competes in competitions on a national level. Also furthers the branding of the ACU difference to other schools.
American Society of Interior Designers
Leads designs that serve human needs through solutions for the built environment.
Association for Computing Machinery
Encourages ethical computer use, personal research, and training for fellow students in the field of computer technology.
Big Purple Marching Band
A dynamic and exciting ensemble comprised of both music majors and non-music majors. The Big Purple is one of the largest co-ed organizations on campus. The band is a vital part of the ACU Opening Assembly each year, and performs at all home football games.
Black Students Association
Fosters greater understanding of the African-American community on campus among students, faculty and staff. Past activities have included hosting events during the Black History Month in February, small group chapels, spring formals, and sponsoring various speakers for Chapel presentations.
Chinese Christian Fellowship
Promotes unity and service in the Chinese Christian community at ACU by gathering together to pray, worship and communicate in the native language. The organization also provides opportunities for students to serve the community and welcomes incoming Chinese students.
Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)
Provides the support and fellowship needed to assist Chinese students' and scholars' academics and everyday life at ACU; promotes the development of a Chinese community; and facilitates a better understanding of Chinese culture and customs.
Offers the students of ACU the opportunity to voice their convictions and participate in the political process of our country. We are committed to promoting our profound belief that all Americans are equal and deserve the same rights and opportunities that are unique to our American ideology. As Christians and as Democrats, we place our moral beliefs at the center of all that we do and welcome all students who share our desire to serve.
Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO)
Informs, supports, and inspires college students to be entrepreneurial and seeks opportunity through enterprise creation. CEO is the premier global entrepreneurship network, serving more than 20,000 students through 400 chapters at colleges and universities.
Promotes the recreational and competitive sport of road cycling, as well as mountain biking; offers the opportunity to view God's creation from a unique perspective; and educates beginners, as well as seasoned cyclists, concerning safety and the benefits of participating in a lifetime activity.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
Unifies athletes for Christ through a variety of activities such as: worship sessions, retreats, and adopting a family for Christmas.
Fosters creative abilities from a Christian perspective, and finds ways of expressing such creativity in prose.
Promotes personal expression of the ACU student body and faculty through the medium of film. The organization is determined to provide invaluable exposure to some of the top organizations and individuals in the film and mass-media world. Film Fest hosts an annual short-film contest that premieres at the Paramount Theatre in downtown Abilene.
Offers a chance for students who enjoy outdoor fishing in the lakes surrounding Abilene and across Texas to find community, and also provides instruction and enjoyment for individuals who do not know how to fish.
Forward LENE is a team of women who share a passion of running for fun.
Freshman Action Council (FAC)
A group of freshmen who plan and organize different activities for the freshman class including freshman social, freshman formal, community service projects, freshman devotionals and more.
Promotes the Hispanic culture on campus and in Abilene, and also partners with Communities In Schools (CIS) and hosts the annual spring event, Entra a La Plaza.
International Justice Mission (IJM)
Seeks to free people from forced slave labor or child prostitution by enforcing and changing laws throughout the world. IJM serves a twofold purpose: first, it acts as a fundraiser to the national organization in Washington D.C., and second, it aims at increasing student awareness of the assault on the innocent. Typical activities include participation in Social Justice Week, small-group chapels, and prayer-focused devotionals.
International Students' Association (ISA)
Welcomes all students from any ethnicity, background or race, and coordinates activities such as Thursday small-group chapel, coffee hours, welcome/farewell parties, intramural sports teams, a spring banquet, the ISA Food Festival and a trip to Six Flags.
Joins with children in some of their darkest moments and shows them that they have a hope and a future found in the love of Christ.
League of Wildcats
Develops a friendly, competitive environment where League of Legends players can meet and become friends with like-minded gamers, further developing competitive skills within a common ground of interest.
Promotes the healthy, environmental, social and spiritual benefits of locally grown food and participates in sustainable, small-scale agricultural systems.
The Lynay group was founded several years ago in the effort to educate students on the essence of leadership through service and building community. Lynay is a multicultural group, having an equal representation of every major ethnic group, gender and class on campus. The group meets once a week to listen to a variety of speakers on current topics and issues. There is a 100-student cap on Lynay, with a limited number of places available for incoming freshmen.
National Association for Music Education
Promotes the value of music education, teaches the latest advancements and innovations in music education, provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and fosters the best possible music programs in our nation's schools.
Omega Dance Co
Encourages and explores the expression of faith and creativity through dance in a Christian environment. Also provides a forum at ACU for dancers to use the gifts that they have been blessed with to glorify God. Dancers are encouraged, educated, and held to high standards of moral values. Glorifies God through creating community, educating others, and praising Him through jazz and contemporary dance.
Promotes outdoor knowledge, ethics, and service as a group of students interested in exploring and understanding God's creation and the role of humans within it. Also aids in several service projects (including the Abilene State Park Clean-Up), takes weekend climbing/camping trips, participates in intramural flag football and soccer, and hosts the Red Dirt Adventure Challenge.
Pulse A Cappella
A co-ed a cappella singing group that brings individuals closer together through the expression of music.
Red Thread Movement
A student initiative to combat sexual slavery by raising awareness and funds. We sell $3 Red Thread bracelets made by girls in Nepal and plan events to advocate anti-trafficking within the United States and worldwide.
Explores and expresses the cultural impact of the Hip Hop movement in a Christian context.
Seekers of the Word
An intense, God-focused acting group that travels across the region to perform various dramatic and humorous skits for youth groups in order to illuminate the various struggles, lessons and choices that are common to every young man and woman. Annual auditions are held in the fall.
Service Action Leadership Team (SALT)
Committed to nurturing hearts for service and works to build relationships with local nonprofit agencies through ongoing service. Formed into six ministry teams who organize weekly opportunities to serve in these areas: Elderly, Hunger and Homeless, Youth, Hands and Feet (manual labor), Global Outreach and neighbor-4-neighbor. Students can apply for SALT membership during the first two weeks of the fall semester.
Shades Step: Squad
A stepping team that performs at on-campus and off-campus events, vividly and creatively representing all elements of step, a form of movement that derives its roots from Africa as a form of storytelling. Also produces the annual Shades Show each spring.
The Shinnery Review
A student-run literary magazine at ACU. Since the 1930s, the publication has appeared once a year as a journal containing poems, short stories, creative nonfiction, photos and artwork by undergraduate and graduate students. The highlight of the year is the Black Tulip in April: a poetry-reading and jazz party where the magazine makes its debut. The Shinnery Review is open to any ACU student who wishes to work in organizing, sales and event planning. Weekly meetings are held throughout the school year.
Society for Human Resource Management
Helps students learn about possible careers.
Society of Professional Journalists
Encourages development of professional news judgment and ethical journalistic behavior.
Acting to revive the reputation of ACU's halftime show at sporting events.
Spring Break Campaigns
These campaigns travel all over the United States and the world to various churches and service sites to serve and share God's love with others during Spring Break.
Student African American Brotherhood (SAAB)
A dynamic organization established specifically to assist participants to excel academically, socially, culturally, professionally and in the community. SAAB is comprised of male students who strive for academic excellence and make a commitment to plan and implement programs that benefit their communities at large. SAAB participates in ACU for Abilene, Spring Break Campaigns, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and regional conferences in Kansas, California and Illinois.
Student Alumni Association
Serves as ambassadors to the student body on behalf of the ACU Alumni Office as official hosts at selected university and alumni-related events, specifically those targeting students. These include: Homecoming, tailgate parties, President's Circle dinners, the Outstanding and Young Alumnus of the Year luncheon, Spring Fest and the Senior Send-Off. The Student Alumni Association also sponsors activities to increase student awareness of the role alumni play in the university, and aims to instill the spirit of tradition, volunteerism and philanthropy among students and future alumni.
Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)
Works toward enhancing the student athlete's experience at ACU by promoting healthy, constant communication between student athletes and the rest of campus, as well as the conference office. The organization gives student athletes a voice in conference/NCAA legislation. SAAC also encourages student involvement in community service projects on campus and in the community.
Students' Association (SA)
Comprised of all full-time undergraduate students. The organizing body (known as "the Congress") operates out of an office in the lower level of the Campus Center. SA serves to advocate for the interests of the student body and to bring forth proposals to enhance the life of the student body.
Student Association of the School of Psychology
Educates students on current issues in the school of psychology, garners interest in the profession of the school of psychology, and organizes community events to serve in a fashion consistent with our Christian beliefs and the mission of ACU.
Students in Free Enterprise
Demonstrates the power of business through service.
Student Social Work Association
Helps social work majors (and non-majors at request) become involved in social work activities throughout the local, state, and global communities. Its intention is to advocate, educate, and take action to help those in this world that are not able to help themselves.
Promotes and sustains interest in pre-1950 U.S. social swing dance culture, such as music, dress, and period-accurate dance styles. Our main dance goals will focus on East Coast swing, Lindy Hop, and Charleston. Admission is open to any enrolled ACU student.
Third Culture Kids
Provides fellowship and builds relationships with students who have spent most of their formative years in two or more countries and/or cultures.
Works with underprivileged kids (K-8th grade) in the Abilene area on a weekly basis to teach them the love and message of Christ through relationships built during worship, Bible studies/lessons, games, special events, and other activities. Students and kids are split into different age groups where discussions, mentoring, life-skill training (i.e. cooking, art, computers, reading, etc.), and hands-on activities are used to create powerful lessons that highlight strong character traits and Christian ethics in everyday life.
Increases interest in triathlons throughout campus and provides triathletes with community and support through training and competition.
Provides the opportunity to play competitive ultimate frisbee against other universities from around the country while fostering a Christian community within the team. The team attends approximately 6-8 tournaments per year on weekends and hosts several get-togethers, including a Halloween party and end-of-the-year party.
An organization composed largely of students with a background in the Scouting movement, and promotes service and high adventure activities.
Builds multicultural sisterhood through spirituality, leadership, and academic excellence.
Organizes three to four weekend campaigns per semester that travel to various sites within a 6-8 hour driving radius of Abilene to serve and share Christ’s love with others. Weekend campaigns are comparable to mini-Spring break campaigns.
Represents ACU in the Southwest Collegiate Hockey League as a club sport. The team meets for weekly practices in Cal Young Park and competes in tournaments in Denton, Houston, Fort Worth, Arlington, and Plano.
Provides students the ability to facilitate Wildcat pride on campus, and serves as a linking point between students and Wildcat athletic events.
Wildcats for Life
Informs and educates students on pro-life issues including abortion, euthanasia, stem-cell research, and human cloning. Also provides non-judgmental support and resources to women facing unplanned pregnancies, and encourages friendly dialogue among students regarding controversial life topics.
Wildcats for Sustainability
Promotes Christian stewardship by creating awareness, building wholesome relationships, and serving others in order to make a difference in the world for God's kingdom.
Provides professional development, research, and education experiences in wildlife and related fields.
Raises awareness and funds for drilling fresh water wells in rural regions of Africa, and provides the necessary training in hygiene and well maintenance to provide a self-sustaining method for improving living/health standards.
Women in Business
Provides support and resources for female business majors, allows them to have an opportunity to practice and develop skills vital to success in the marketplace, and gives them an opportunity to think about and discuss ways to strengthen their spiritual foundation prior to entering the workforce.