A partnership of the Texas Rangers and Abilene Christian University, RangersU provides an accessible and advanced approach to online learning created for professional baseball players determined to pursue their education toward an accredited bachelor’s or master’s degree.
25% discount on all professional development, undergraduate, and graduate level courses and no application fee
Direct bill means no up-front costs to you (for Rangers draft/signees with CEP or CSP)
100% online with flexibility to work around your schedule
All RangersU Player Pathway courses offered in English and Spanish
Taught by ACU faculty, Rangers staff, and executive guest speakers, including past Rangers players
Dedicated advisors to ensure credit transfers, ease of application, and course selection
Select players who enroll in the Player Pathway courses will receive a FREE Apple tech bundle
Player Pathway Courses
Cultivating a unique set of courses available in English or Spanish, totaling 12 credit hours during the offseason, RangersU is divided into two Player Pathway Course Blocks with classes dedicated to leadership, multicultural communication, baseball history, and mental performance.
Player Pathway Block One
Earn the RangersU Badge in Leadership & Mental Performance Dates: October 18 – December 12, 2022
Course: Mental Performance
Developing an understanding of what sport psychology/mental performance is, the RangersU Mental Performance course explores the impact of mental performance on athletic performance. Learn and apply habits and practices to advance your development as a person and player.
Course: Leadership Development
A one-of-a-kind approach to leadership development and personal growth, the RangersU Leadership Development course builds off the passion and perspective of our players, staff, and environment to help you drive change on an individual, organizational, and team level. Explore fresh ways of connecting, supporting, inspiring, and empowering yourself and others.
Player Pathway Block Two
Earn the RangersU Badge in Multicultural & Social Perspectives Dates: January 10 – February 27, 2023
Course: History of Baseball
The RangersU History of Baseball course examines the history of baseball in America by studying how baseball has shaped American society and vice versa. A special unit on the history of the Texas Rangers concludes this course.
Course: Multicultural Communication
Diving into how interpersonal interactions impact others on-and-off the field, the RangersU Multicultural Communication course will help you develop strategies for overcoming social blind spots, adapting your communication style, and gathering the tools needed to communicate effectively in a multicultural environment.
How it Works
Start your Educational Journey or Complete Your College Degree
RangersU allows players to take exclusive and accredited courses at their own pace alongside their teammates, without interfering with their commitments, training, or regular season calendar. Players can enroll in the Player Pathway courses or the bachelor’s or master’s degree program of their choosing. Seats fill on a first-come, first-filled basis. Early application is encouraged.
Through this immersive, online program, RangersU courses are offered with no up-front costs guaranteeing you have a simple enrollment process. Plus, all courses are offered at a 25% discount for more tax-friendly reporting.
All players who enroll in the RangersU Player Pathway courses will receive a FREE Apple technology bundle, including an Apple iPad, Apple Pencil, and Logitech keyboard case to help ensure you have everything you need to complete your coursework. Once you successfully complete all four courses, you can keep the iPad to use in other courses or to enjoy on your own.
This year, U.S. News & World Report, in its annual “Best Colleges” list, ranked ACU as #2 in “Most Innovative” and #16 in “Best Regional Universities” in the West and #9 in “Learning Communities” nationally. Additionally, ACU was named to Newsweek’s list of “Top Online Colleges.” Combine this educational excellence with the flexibility of an online format, and it’s easy to understand why earning your degree from ACU Online makes sense.
In our more than 116 year history, Abilene Christian University’s commitment to and excellence in education has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications. ACU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Additionally, our online business programs have a second accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – held by only 5% of business schools.
We believe the work our students do matters. It matters to the world, it matters to God. We are committed to the vocational formation of every student helping them understand and experience their work as meaningful, life-giving, and significant.
If you’ve already started your bachelor’s degree and want to finish it, ACU’s transfer-friendly process makes it easy. You’ll receive a customized degree completion plan, streamlined enrollment and registration, and the support and resources you need to complete your degree – 100% online. A dedicated advisor will work with you to ensure any prior courses transfer toward your degree pursuit.
Frequently Asked Questions
About the Texas Rangers and ACU Partnership
What is RangersU?
RangersU Player Pathway Courses are a set of customized courses designed to maximize your time in the offseason to propel your learning and development forward. The two session blocks last for 7 weeks, each with two courses per block. Player Pathway Courses contain customized content and instruction to integrate your learning and player development while still remaining fully online and with onsite/remote support.
How does the ACU and Texas Rangers partnership work?
With the vision of further developing and educating individuals on a both personally and professional level, the Texas Rangers and Abilene Christian University have partnered to create RangersU, a dedicated program to bring educational benefits to both Rangers players and staff members. Rangers players have access to unique, customized programs through RangersU giving individuals the opportunity to learn and advance their professional skills. Additionally, Rangers players can enroll in any of ACU’s more than 40 online degree programs.
Student Experience at ACU
What support will I receive as a student?
Rangers players are assigned a dedicated graduation team composed of an admissions advisor, student success advisor, financial specialist, and in select courses, an academic coach, who will walk alongside them through graduation. Additionally, students have academic resources such as 24/7 tutoring, 24/7 tech support, 24/7 telehealth services (TimelyCare), subscription access to Grammarly.com, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, RightNow Media, ACU Career Services, and more.
How many hours will I spend on coursework?
Students in online degree programs should expect to spend between 5 – 10 hours per week for one seven-week course. 10 – 20 hours per week for two seven-week courses. This may look different for each individual’s needs in and out of the classroom.
Do I need to be affiliated with a specific religion to attend ACU?
Students do not need to be affiliated with a specific religion or denomination to attend ACU.
Can I transfer college credits from another university to ACU?
Students who have existing college credits, and plan to enroll into one of ACU’s online degree programs, can have an unofficial transcript evaluation completed prior to entering the program.
Applying to ACU
How do I apply?
The ACU Online admissions team is ready to make sure all of your questions are answered and can even walk you through the application process. Contact one of our dedicated advisors or start your student profile now.
What are the admission requirements?
To be considered for admission, players should complete the following steps depending on which degree pathway they would like to pursue:
For Professional Development and Continuing Education Registration:
Submit official transcripts showing earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent.
Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above; a probationary status may be granted for those with a 2.5 to 2.99 GPA.
Write a purpose statement addressing career goals and fit with the program
Submit a current resume.
Paying for ACU
How does the Rangers education program work?
ACU is providing the Rangers organization a 25% tuition discount on any of ACU’s more than 40 online programs as well as unique, customized programs specifically for the Texas Rangers organization.
Use of MLB funds (as available) allows players to build a customized plan that minimizes direct cost and no upfront out-of-pocket costs.
What are the financial terms and limitations?
For information regarding any further financial terms and conditions, players and their constituents can click here to learn any general contract details provided by the MLB. Note: You do not need to log into an account just to view the guidelines for the CSP or CEP.
How do I know if I qualify for tuition reimbursement with the Rangers?
Each player’s individual education plan will be outlined in their contract. Click here to learn any general contract details
What am I financially responsible for once enrolled at ACU?
Players will build a customized plan with a dedicated financial specialist and there is no upfront out-of-pocket cost. Players will be responsible for any difference in tuition, fees, books, and course materials owed once their education benefit is maximized. Any balance will be due will have a 60-day deferment from the first day of class.
What documents do I need to submit to HR for tuition reimbursement?
ACU will submit all required documentation for your coursework to your Benefits POC.