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ACU’s fall enrollment hits record high for fifth year in a row


Students overflow the stands of Moody Coliseum as the 2022-23 academic year kicks off at Opening Assembly.

The largest-ever student body – numbering 5,731 – enrolled for the fall semester at Abilene Christian University as the 2022-23 year kicks off with increases in all key areas: undergraduate enrollment, graduate enrollment and both the Abilene campus and ACU Online.

“It’s exciting and humbling to welcome our largest-ever student body this year, as more and more students are attracted to the transformative experience and world-class education offered at ACU,” said Dr. Phil Schubert, ACU president. “We’re also impressed with the academic strength of these incoming students. As always, I’m grateful for the hard work and intentionality on the part of our faculty, staff and administration, who have continued to adapt and excel, particularly over the past few years. These 5,731 students are here for a reason, and we’re thrilled to have them as part of our community.”

This fall’s new student residential enrollment in Abilene increased by 7% with 1,024 new students, and the entering freshmen cohort includes 34 valedictorians/salutatorians, 12 National Merit Commended students and five National Merit Finalists. These talented students are from every region of Texas, the continental United States and across the world.

ACU Online enrolled its largest number of new students to date this fall, seeing the most significant growth in undergraduate online programs. Overall enrollment continues to grow at a pace of 20% over the prior year. 


Freshman class photo at Wildcat Stadium during Wildcat Week

Fall 2022 Quick Facts*

Total enrollment: 5,731 (+397)
Undergraduate students: 3,863 (+303)
Graduate students: 1,868 (+94)
Abilene campus: 3,588 (+34)
ACU Online: 2,143 (+363)
Entering freshmen: 950 (+78)
Transfer students: 370 (+175)
International students: 196 (+23)
Ethnic diversity of the student body: 41%

* Change from last year noted in parentheses

— Wendy Kilmer

Sept. 15, 2022

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