A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson were on their way to a gospel meeting when Barret first said to Roberson, "Let's build a school in West Texas." In 1905, Barret, a teacher at Southwestern Christian College in Denton, struck an agreement with Col. J.W. Childers, a leader in the Abilene church, to buy land from him at a reduced price on the condition that the school would be named in his honor.
Our faith-based education goes beyond academics. ACU’s residential campus offers students a safe place to grow intellectually and spiritually — and to learn to live independently. Division I athletics, intramural sports, 100+ student organizations, and countless service and worship opportunities contribute to our vibrant student life.
At ACU, Christianity is woven into the classroom and campus activities. Students are challenged intellectually while developing spiritually; this prepares our graduates to bring the principles of Christ into their profession, to make sound decisions based on core beliefs and values, and to show kindness and compassion toward others in the workplace.
Our faculty of Christian scholars and professionals are passionate stewards of their discipline - and their faith. They provide a safe space for students to ask questions and engage in conversations that enrich their lives.
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The Dean of Students Office promotes Christ-centered community standards through education and accountability while maintaining consistency and fairness in the disciplinary process. The Dean of Students Office conducts hearings, coordinates administrative investigations, and provides case management to assure disciplinary responses are successfully completed.
ACU is a safe, welcoming residential campus community offering amenities you’d expect at your home-away-from-home: quality dining options, access to fitness and wellness facilities, dry-cleaning services, countless activities to keep you busy after class, and lots of spaces to study and gather with friends.
The Brown Library is the university’s hub for ACU academic life, creative spaces, devoted experts, and critical tools and ideas that shape the ACU community for the positive change we want to see in the world.
There are many computers available to students to use in the Library on the main floor, in the Learning Commons. Students can log into these Mac and Windows computers using their ACU credentials. Laptops are available for students to check out for use in the library.
There are several computer labs on campus, managed by the various departments.
The Medical and Counseling Care Center (MACCC) is located at the northwest entrance of the Royce & Pam Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center, next door to the Teague Special Events Center.
Abilene Christian University’s 262-acre campus is located in Abilene, Texas, a city of 120,000 residents. We’re about 150 miles west of Dallas, where you will find our branch campus.
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At Abilene Christian, we’re known for rigorous academics. But we also know that many of the most memorable parts of college involve co- and extra-curriculars. We’re proud of our vibrant student life, and with more than 100 student organizations, we know you’re bound to find one (or more!) that fits your interests, talents and skills. There are so many ways you can be a part of something meaningful during your time at ACU.
Abilene Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.
Many programs have received additional accreditation from the following associations:
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