Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private non-profit university affiliated with the Churches of Christ located in Abilene, Texas. ACU offers over 70 bachelor's programs and over 24 master's degrees. Some of the majors available for bachelor degree seeking students include, Agricultural Business, Computer Science, Environmental Science, and Sociology.

  • Average Tuition USD 44,740
  • Acceptance Rate 50%
  • Students 4,427
  • International Students 3%
  • Campus Setting City

School Description

Abilene Christian University was established in 1906 as the Childers Classical Institute. In 1912, the school officially became Abilene Christian College. Along with campus growth, the total number of student enrollment reached 300. After further growth to the campus, and a relocation to a larger area, the college officially gained university status in 1976.

Abilene Christian University has a student enrollment over 4,500 that come from 41 different countries. ACU has a 262 acre campus located in Abilene, which is about 150 miles west of Dallas. Students at ACU have plenty of opportunities to be active on campus with over 100 student organizations available. Some of these organizations include ACU Lacrosse, Cycling Club, and the International Students' Association (ISA).

Master Programs

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA


    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the profession or duties of an accountant. The curriculum focuses on the process by which financial information about a business is recorded, classified, summarised, interpreted and communicated

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Clinical Psychology

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the independent professional practice of clinical psychology, involving the analysis, diagnosis, and clinical treatment of psychological disorders and behavioral pathologies. Includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis, personality appraisal, psychopathology, clinical psychopharmacology, behavior modification, therapeutic intervention skills, patient interviewing, personalized and group therapy, child and adolescent therapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, supervised clinical practice, ethical standards, and applicable regulations.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA


    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    Instructional content for this group of programs is defined in codes 09.0100 - 09.0199.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA


    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the structure and use of the English language and dialects, speech, writing, and various aspects of the literatures and cultures of the English-speaking peoples.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Liberal Studies

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Master of Divinity; Christian Ministry

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the theory and practice of providing educational services to members of faith communities, within the context of a particular religion, and that prepares individuals to serve as religious educators. Includes instruction in planning and teaching lessons, organizing and supervising instructional activities, designing and developing instructional materials, and administering religious education programs and facilities.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Occupational Therapy

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals to assist patients limited by physical, cognitive, psychosocial, mental, developmental, and learning disabilities, as well as adverse environmental conditions, to maximize their independence and maintain optimum health through a planned mix of acquired skills, performance motivation, environmental adaptations, assistive technologies, and physical agents. Includes instruction in the basic medical sciences, psychology, sociology, patient assessment and evaluation, standardized and non-standardized tests and measurements, assistive and rehabilitative technologies, ergonomics, environmental health, special education, vocational counseling, health education and promotion, and professional standards and ethics.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA


    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    Instructional programs that focus on the scientific study of the behavior of individuals, independently or collectively, and the physical and environmental bases of mental, emotional, and neurological activity.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Social Work

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA

    Teaching & Learning

    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A general program that focuses on the design and provision of teaching and other educational services to children or adults with special learning needs or disabilities, and that may prepare individuals to function as special education teachers. Includes instruction in diagnosing learning disabilities, developing individual education plans, teaching and supervising special education students, special education counseling, and applicable laws and policies.

  • Abilene Christian University, Abilene, TX, USA


    USD 19,116 Tuition Fee

    A program that focuses on the beliefs and doctrine of a particular religious faith from the intramural point of view of that faith. Includes instruction in systematic theology, historical theology, moral theology, doctrinal studies, dogmatics, apologetics, and applications to specific questions of ecclesiastical polity and religious life.

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Admission Requirements

  • Minimum GPA 3.00
  • Minimum incoming TOEFL 90
  • Minimum incoming IELTS 6.50
  • Minimum incoming GRE 288
  • Average SAT Score 1640


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    Established in 1906


    Abilene Christian University has a 113,000 square feet recreation center for its students, and it offers many health and wellness services that includes a rock wall and lazy river.

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          • Testimony
            1989-1990, MA

            Great Education - Exceptional Learning Environment

            The classes were engaging, the faculty energized and interested in the students and more than that, always coaching you on some of the "gray" areas that so often crop up in life and require delicate decisions and actions. I would not be the person I am without having attended ACU. And I certainly wouldn't have been able to weather some of the less than reputable work situations and power hungry individuals without the building blocks established here.

          • Testimony
            1967-1971, BS Bus Admin

            A Grat Heritage for Chrstin Base Education

            Beside the fact that my grandmother, parents, brother and sister, wife and enough other relatives that could fill the HMS Queen Mary are alumni of Abilene Christian, I look back on my years at ACU with fond memories and great appreciation for the professors, staff and other alumni who mentored and encouraged me in so many ways throughout the years. The life-long friendships established and cultivated at ACU and the Christian based education I received helped set me on a path for success in both the professional and personal aspects of my life.

          • Testimony
            1993-1997, MBA

            Outstanding Community and High Quality Education

            Studying at COBA, I am extremely grateful for the personal interest the faculty and staff took in developing and equipping me for my career and calling. I hold my professors and the school leadership in very high regard and reflect back on the time in my life with gratitude.