Quick Facts About ACU

Our rankings and recognitions speak to the fortitude of our academic excellence as a result of the day-to-day achievements of ACU students and programs.

Our rankings and recognitions speak to the fortitude of our academic excellence as a result of the day-to-day achievements of ACU students and programs.

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The University

Founded in 1906, Abilene Christian University is one of the largest private institutions in the Southwest, offering robust online and residential undergraduate and graduate programs. Learn more about our rankings and recognition.

Academic Programs

Schools and colleges: 10
Baccalaureate majors: 87 (171 areas of study)
Areas of study in master’s and specialist degree programs: 71
Doctoral degree programs: 4


Full-time faculty: 272
Christian faculty: 100%
Tenure/tenure-track faculty holding terminal degrees: 92%
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1


Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of ACU may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (sacscoc.org).

Financial Aid

Average gift aid (scholarships and grants) for a first-year student: $25,000
Total scholarships and grants for entering class (2020): $33 million

Annual Cost

Annual block tuition & student activity fees (2023-24): $44,200
Room and board (approx.): $11,500
Textbooks and supplies (approx.): $1,250
Online Tuition and Costs

Our Student Population

The ACU community is formed of inspired learners from around the world.


Total student population: 5,731
Undergraduate enrollment: 3,863
Graduate enrollment: 1,868
States and territories: 51
Nations: 42

Graduate Success

Graduates employed or enrolled in graduate/professional school six months after graduation (2021): 95%
Programs with 100% employment success: Teacher education, marketing, chemistry, accounting
Medical, dental and veterinary school acceptance rate (past 10 years): Twice the national average

International Study

Study abroad hub locations: 3
2019-20 students who studied abroad: 40%

Student Organizations

Student organizations: 100
Club sports: 4
Honors societies: 9
Sororities: 7
Fraternities: 7

Our Campus

ACU is located in Abilene, Texas, a dynamic city of more than 120,000 people, 150 miles west of the Dallas and Fort Worth area. ACU Dallas, a branch campus in Addison, Texas, is the home of the university’s online graduate and undergraduate degree programs.


Internet access: Free cross-campus Wi-Fi
Student software access: Adobe Creative Cloud and Microsoft Suite
Technology assistance: IT Support Center and AT&T Learning Studio


Division: NCAA Division I
Conference: Western Athletic Conference
NCAA DI teams: 17
NCAA national team championship wins: 64 (matched or exceeded by only 4 institutions)
Olympians: 40
Wildcats in the NFL: 42

Health, Wellness and Recreation

On-campus medical services: primary health care, travel medicine, allergy shots, lab work and mental health care
Fitness classes: 6
Intramural sports: 14
Intramural participation: 37%
Personal training facilities in SRWC: 12

Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation credits per semester: 500
Chapel sessions: 5 days a week
Community Chapel: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Small Group Chapel: Tuesday, Thursday
Departmental Chapels: Number and days vary by department

Our Location

Location: Abilene, Texas
Population: 120,000+
Distance to Dallas/Fort Worth: 150 miles
Distance to Austin: 250 miles
Distance to Houston: 370 miles