#10 Best Private Colleges in Texas

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, Texas

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Abilene Christian University overview
Location Abilene, Texas
Online acu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Churches of Christ
Abilene Christian University overview
Size Mid-size
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Abilene Christian University (ACU), located in Abilene, Texas, is a private Christian university founded in 1906. Situated approximately 150 miles west of Fort Worth, the campus encompasses a modern setting with facilities reflecting a blend of contemporary and traditional architecture, including notable structures like the Onstead Science Center. With a broad array of undergraduate and graduate programs, ACU places a particular emphasis on areas of study such as business, education, and theology. The application process at ACU is moderately selective. The university's commitment to academic excellence is facilitated by a faculty-student ratio that supports personalized learning experiences. Residential life is an integral part of the ACU experience, with student housing options available on campus. ACU is also known for its Wildcats athletic teams, competing in the NCAA Division I as part of the Western Athletic Conference, with a history of particular engagement in track and field and baseball.

In the most recent statistical year 11,226 prospective students applied, and 7,386 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 893 enrolled in the school.  3,458 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,621 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $40,300 plus fees of $200. Abilene Christian University is ranked 416 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Abilene Christian University is rated within the top 42% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Abilene Christian University overview
SAT 1070/1280
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.65

Applications Accepted

Abilene Christian University overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Abilene Christian University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,250
Other Fees$200
Room and Board $11,500
Budget for Other Expenses$3,272
Total One Year Cost$56,522

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$46,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

60% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Abilene Christian University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 24%
General Studies 8%
Health Professions 8%
Communication 8%
Biology 6%

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