From the President
Welcome to Abilene Christian University!
We’re glad you’re planning to join us for the 2021-22 academic year. You’ll find our campus is full of students just like you who are discovering what it means to receive an education in a vibrant, innovative, Christ-centered community. Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, and our exceptional faculty and staff have vowed to make ACU a place where that transformation takes place.
U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks ACU both a “Best College” and a “Best College Buy” in its annual ranking of colleges and universities. In 2019-2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked Abilene Christian in the top 10 nationally out of 1,500 universities evaluated—the highest in Texas—in three categories for its exceptional commitment to student success.
At ACU, we challenge and mentor our students, equipping them to make a profound impact in the world—in their homes, churches and communities. We know true learning happens when the classroom and the world intersect, so we offer numerous opportunities for experiential learning in and out of the classroom, including locations around the globe. We’ve created an atmosphere where you will experience authentic spiritual and intellectual growth.
As an ACU student, you will take ownership of your academic career, preparing yourself for life after college. We offer countless opportunities for you to grow spiritually and socially through participation in more than 100 campus organizations and many other venues for service. Our hands-on approach to learning, cutting-edge technology, and Christian focus combine to offer you a distinct learning experience.
This catalog explains our undergraduate and graduate academic programs, requirements for admission and the various support services available to you. Please call one of our toll-free numbers if you have additional questions. Our Admissions team is ready to help you enroll, and our academic advisors are excited to assist you in planning and accomplishing your academic goals.
Phil Schubert, Ed.D.
From the Provost
Welcome to Abilene Christian University! This is a special place that is designed to prepare you both intellectually and spiritually for the unique plan that God has for your life. Combining cutting edge instruction and facilities with more than a century of tradition and history, ACU offers nationally recognized academic programs within a supportive, Christ-centered community. We believe that you are here for a specific purpose and promise to provide you with a vibrant and innovative educational experience that equips you to make a real difference in the world.
Students who are attracted to ACU are usually highly involved — in their churches, in their community, and with their families. We invite you to bring this same energy and sense of involvement to your experiences both on and off campus. In fact, we feel that you learn best when you are able to work side-by-side with our talented faculty and staff as they engage you in learning through research, internships, study abroad experiences, service learning opportunities, team projects, and learning communities. You will spend plenty of time in the classroom, but you will also bring your newly acquired knowledge to life as you apply it in the real world among real people.
ACU’s academic reputation and national rankings have continued to increase year after year. This hard-earned recognition is a testimony to the sacrificial commitment of generations of faculty and staff and the thoughtful integration of faith and learning offered to students. ACU takes seriously its charge to be a leading university for the education of Christ-centered global leaders and we continually seek the physical and technological resources necessary to enhance the value of your experience as a student. We know, however, that the greatest resource we have to offer is the life-long relationships you develop and mentoring you receive from the godly women and men who work here. I encourage you to fully invest in these relationships — you will be amazed at how much you will benefit personally and professionally.
I pray that your experience here is everything that you have hoped for and more than you expected, that you are challenged and stretched, that you broaden your understanding of the world and your place in it as a child of God, and that you leave here ready to bless others by what you have gained during your time with us. Go Wildcats!
Dr. Robert Rhodes, Ph.D.
Important Contact Information
Inquiries concerning undergraduate admission to the university, should be addressed to:
Office of Admissions
ACU Box 29000; Abilene, Texas 79699-9000
Hunter Welcome Center, Suite 140
Contact information and inquiries concerning admission to graduate programs can be found online at: acu.edu/grad.
Inquiries concerning account balance, payments, refunds, financial aid, student accounts, billing; or to apply for graduation, change your major, contact your financial aid or academic advisor, sign loan checks, update your address, request name change, buy Bean Bucks or Campus Cash, ID cards, and parking permits should be addressed to:
ACU Box 27940; Abilene, Texas 79699-7940
McGlothlin Campus Center
16633 Dallas Parkway, Suite 800
Addison, TX 75001
Inquiries concerning transcripts, academic records, veterans benefits, and enrollment verification should be addressed to:
Office of the Registrar
ACU Box 29141; Abilene, Texas 79699-9141
Hardin Administration Building, Room 207
Ordering a transcript: acu.edu/transcript
Inquiries concerning residence halls or available housing should be addressed to:
Office of Residence Life
ACU Box 29004; Abilene, Texas 79699-9004
McGlothlin Campus Center, Room 43
Inquiries concerning health records and immunizations should be addressed to:
ACU Box 28154; Abilene, Texas 79699-8154
849 Coliseum Way
Final Exam Schedule
Directory assistance for other offices is available through the ACU Operator: 325-674-2000.