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Abilene Christian University Overview

Located in Abilene, Texas, Abilene Christian University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Abilene Christian University Known For?

854 Undergraduate Awards
$33,540 Avg Cost After Aid
58% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Abilene Christian have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 5%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Abilene Christian.
  • In 2017-2018, 79% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Abilene Christian with a bachelor's degree make about $43,000 a year. That's 5% more than those who graduate from other schools.

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Abilene Christian University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Abilene Christian.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Most Popular Architecture (Other) Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Most Popular Online Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best Value Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Most Popular Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Most Popular Online Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#14 Most Popular Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Most Popular Communication Sciences Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Abilene Christian has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#30 Highest Paid Teacher Education Grade Specific Graduates College Factual
#38 Highest Paid Education Graduates College Factual

Where Is Abilene Christian University?

Location of Abilene Christian University

Contact details for Abilene Christian are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Abilene, TX 79699
Phone: 325-674-2000
Website: www.acu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/abilenechristian
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/acuedu

How Do I Get Into Abilene Christian?

You can apply to Abilene Christian online at: www.acuadmissions.org/start/apply.htm

Admission Requirements for Abilene Christian

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Abilene Christian?

58% Acceptance Rate
65% Of Accepted Are Women
47% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 58%, Abilene Christian does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 35% of accepted students are men and 65% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 57%, and the acceptance rate for women is 63%.

Average Test Scores

About 47% of students accepted to Abilene Christian submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 620. Math scores were between 515 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Abilene Christian University  ( 510 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Abilene Christian University  ( 515 to 600 )
200
800
Abilene Christian received ACT scores from 52% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 26. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Abilene Christian University  ( 20 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Abilene Christian University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Abilene Christian University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Abilene Christian University?

$33,540 Net Price
57% Take Out Loans
4.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Abilene Christian is $33,540. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Abilene Christian, approximately 57% of students took out student loans averaging $10,784 a year. That adds up to $43,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Abilene Christian is 4.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Abilene Christian University Undergraduate Student Diversity

3,352 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,525 undergraduate students at Abilene Christian, with 3,352 being full-time and 173 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Abilene Christian

There are also 1,767 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 3,352 full-time undergraduates at Abilene Christian, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Abilene Christian

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Abilene Christian University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Abilene Christian Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 45
Black or African American 287
Hispanic or Latino 625
White 2,102
International Students 118
Other Races/Ethnicities 175

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Abilene Christian University. At this time, 27 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 48 countries are represented at Abilene Christian. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Honduras, and Japan.

Online Learning at Abilene Christian University

1,318 Took All Classes Online
1,824 Took At Least One Class Online
41.3% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 12 master’s degree programs available online at Abilene Christian. In 2017-2018, 1,824 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Abilene Christian has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 67th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Abilene Christian

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Abilene Christian University was 41.3%. This is the #557 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Abilene Christian regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Abilene Christian majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business Administration & Management 60%
Business, Management & Marketing 44%
Education 22%
Educational Administration 28%
Health Professions 20%
Mental & Social Health Services 42%
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies 10%
Nursing 23%
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 40%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 14%
Theology & Religious Vocations 7%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Abilene Christian ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Abilene Christian.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution #1
Mental & Social Health Services #6
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies #8
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #13
Multi / Interdisciplinary Studies #19
Theological & Ministerial Studies #27
Educational Administration #40
Theology & Religious Vocations #41
Education #109
Health Professions #153

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Abilene Christian University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 0 0 69 4 78 0 151
Accounting 0 0 66 0 44 0 110
Communication Sciences 0 0 34 0 50 0 84
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 0 33 0 34 0 67
Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution 0 0 0 33 29 0 62
Nursing 0 0 51 0 0 10 61
Finance & Financial Management 0 0 58 0 0 0 58
Marketing 0 0 49 0 0 0 49
Educational Administration 0 0 0 1 30 15 46
General Psychology 0 0 39 0 3 0 42
Social Work 0 0 21 0 21 0 42
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 0 40 0 40
Health & Physical Education 0 0 39 0 0 0 39
Design & Applied Arts 0 0 37 0 0 0 37
General Biology 0 0 31 0 0 0 31
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 0 25 0 0 0 25
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 25 0 25
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 11 11 2 0 24
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 0 22 0 0 0 22
Communication & Media Studies 0 0 18 0 3 0 21
General Education 0 0 0 0 21 0 21
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 21 0 0 0 21
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 0 20 0 20
Human Development & Family Studies 0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
General Engineering 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
Drama & Theater Arts 0 0 16 0 0 0 16
General English Literature 0 0 14 0 1 0 15
Computer Science 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 0 14 0 0 0 14
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Biblical Studies 0 0 13 0 0 0 13
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 0 0 0 10 2 12
Political Science & Government 0 0 11 0 0 0 11
Music 0 0 10 0 0 0 10
Architecture (Other) 0 9 0 0 0 0 9
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 0 9 0 0 0 9
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 0 7 0 7
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0 6 0 6
Sociology 0 0 6 0 0 0 6
Agricultural Economics & Business 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Animal Science 0 0 5 0 0 0 5
Management Information Systems 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Journalism 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Mathematics 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Natural Resources Conservation 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Chemistry 0 0 4 0 0 0 4
Computer Information Systems 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
History 0 0 3 0 0 0 3
International Studies 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
Special Education 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Romance Languages 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Gerontology 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
Physics 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 9 844 49 426 27 1,356

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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