The official university academic calendar is published by the Registrar’s Office. Consult the calendar for important dates, such as fee payment, registration dates, exam schedules, university holidays and special events.
Amenities and Resources
Access various tools to assist your graduate journey on the Current Student Page. You can find more information on career services, the course catalog, housing and more. You can also find information on the following:
Graduate education at ACU is distinctive in its attention to individual spiritual development and the Christian perspective as it relates to specific disciplines. Opportunities to worship in community with academic colleagues are part of this experience. Graduate students are not required to attend but are encouraged to participate. Times and locations will be announced in the monthly Graduate Connection emails.
The Brown Library features the Learning Commons with group study areas and easy access to Starbucks, IT Support Center and research librarians. Graduate students enjoy:
- 35-day loan period for books
- Free interlibrary loan (ILL) for materials in libraries all over the U.S. Fill out an ILL form at the circulation desk or request online from the FirstSearch database (see list on library home page.)
- Courier service delivers books from other Abilene libraries and Howard Payne University by online request in ALCON.
- IT Services – Check out wireless network laptop computers for use within the library.
The Registrar’s Office maintains the integrity of academic records, including the enforcement of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and coordinates and enforces university policies and procedures campus wide. The Registrar’s Office is responsible for the management and publication of course offerings, the ACU Catalog, course schedules, graduation and production of student transcripts. The Registrar’s Office is located on the second floor of the Hardin Administration Building.
Writing & Speaking Centers
The ACU Writing Center (WC) provides free writing support to all ACU students. Trained consultants work one-on‐one with students. The WC also offers monthly seminars specifically targeted to graduate students and has tutors who work exclusively with graduate students by appointment. The WC is located next to Starbucks in Brown library.
The ACU Speaking Center is equipped with experienced tutors who will help you become a more confident and effective speaker. From topic selection to writing to delivery, they can assist you in any part of the speech creation process. This free service is located on the top floor of Brown library.
ACU ID Card
The ACU ID card is used for numerous campus services. To obtain your ID card, visit Wildcat Central in the McGlothlin Campus Center. Student ID cards are used to access meal plans, Campus Cash, Bean Bucks, the Student Rec and Wellness Center, athletic event admission, check cashing authorizations, checkout privileges at all Abilene libraries and other purposes. The card is valid from the first enrollment through graduation. Visit the page for complete ID card information.
The ACU Campus Store is located in the McGlothlin Campus Center, the heart of ACU’s Abilene campus. All course textbooks are available in store or online. Textbooks and academic materials may be charged to your ACU student account. The Campus Store is also your source for official ACU gear and gift items. Student check cashing services are also available at the Campus Store.
Career and Academic Development
Academic Advising and Career Services provides a variety of career development services to help students make educational/career decisions. They also facilitate connections between students and faculty, staff and campus resources. Visit Brown Library, Room 261 for more information.
ACU provides public access computer services for students across campus. The library provides a lab and wireless network laptops for use there. Each academic building and residence hall has computer labs. Check each lab for hours of availability.
The World-Famous Bean, located in the McGlothlin Campus Center, provides a comfortable community atmosphere with a variety of food choices every day. A variety of meal plans are available for residential and commuter students.
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, known generally as FERPA, is the federal law that protects students’ records, privacy review and disclosure rights. The law guarantees these rights for current and former ACU students.
Educational records are considered confidential. Under most circumstances, records will not be released without a student’s written consent. However, directory information may be released to third parties without the student’s consent, unless the student files a written request to restrict directory information access. Contact the Registrar’s Office regarding FERPA restrictions and disclosure options. To add someone to your FERPA release record, please complete this form.
International Student Services
Office of International Students and Visiting Scholars (OISVS) provides information and support services to our international community. OISVS is located on the first floor of the Hardin Administration Building.
Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) serves all students in making cross‐cultural connections and adjustment to campus life at ACU. The OMA office is located in the basement of the McGlothlin Campus Center.
Medical and Counseling Care Center (MACCC)
Medical and Counseling Care Center offers physical and mental health services as well as a pharmacy to students, faculty and staff. Located near the Student Rec and Wellness Center, the Counseling Center is staffed by professional psychologists and mental health counselors to provide confidential services for students. The center and clinic are open Monday through Friday and operate on an appointment basis. Visit the MACCC website or call 325-674-2625 for more information.
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) provides support for faculty and student research and grants. To ensure ethical research, the university has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) policy. The IRB has oversight of research where human participants are involved. It approves or disapproves research proposals, and it may require modifications of protocols to protect the rights, dignity and well-being of human research participants.
Students who use human subjects during the course of their study (surveys, interviews, etc.) must gain IRB approval prior to beginning the study. For questions concerning human subjects protocols, contact the Executive Director of Research, Dr. Megan Roth, in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs at 325-674‐2885. To determine the level of approval needed for human research, visit the ORSP website.
Parking and Alerts
Everyone who parks on the ACU campus must display a valid parking permit. Parking forms are available in Wildcat Central or the ACU Police Department. Campus traffic information may be obtained from the Police Department located at 1634 Campus Court. More about campus parking regulations.
ACU ALERT is an emergency notification system that allows Abilene Christian University to send urgent and emergency information quickly by email and text message. By enrolling in ACU ALERT, subscribers will be able to receive urgent information from university officials.
ACU ALERT is a free service to all ACU students, faculty and staff. To enroll, log in to the ACU ALERT user registration page with your email username and password. Complete the subsequent form. You can provide two cell phone numbers and one email address to receive the alerts.
Student Recreation and Wellness
All current ACU students who are enrolled in at least 6 hours of academic classes are eligible for a free SRWC membership. However, all students must complete a SRWC Membership & Waiver Form before they are given access to the SRWC. Contact the SRWC Front Desk at 325-674-6600 or visit the SRWC website for more information. More information regarding intramural sports.
Wildcat Central provides student services to residential undergraduate and graduate students. Online and in the office, you will find information about registration, meal plans, ID cards, parking permits and other campus services in one convenient location. Located in the Campus Center, Wildcat Central is open 8:30‐5:00 daily to assist with your needs, provide information and distribute forms.