Introducing Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University is in Abilene, Texas. The city resides in both Taylor and Jones Counties. Abilene had a population of 117,063 at the 2010 census but in 2017 the estimated metropolitan population was 170,219.
The school opened in 1906 with 25 students as Childers Classical Institute, a primary and secondary school. It has since grown to a medium-sized University with 5,100 students.

One of the first unique characteristics a visitor might notice about ACU is the Lunsford Foundation Trail. It is a two-mile track around the perimeter of campus. The community outside campus is a mixture of metropolitan, agriculture and numerous evangelical churches; the park system has 29 parks that occupy 1,247 acres.

The student population is made up from mostly Texas residents and 61% of them are female. The ethnic makeup of campus is 63% White, 19% Latino and 9% Black. The remaining numbers are Asian, two or more races and Non-Resident Alien.

The Recreation and Wellness center is where the general student population can manage and monitor their health and physical fitness. The center also has trainers that can assist with diet and exercise plans.

Student athletes hang out and compete at the Athletic Complex or in Moody Coliseum. The coliseum is also the location for Sing Song – the nation’s largest A Capella competition.
The typical applicant gaining admission to ACU has an SAT score of 1020 – 1230 or ACT score of 21 – 28 and are in the top half of their high school class. Of the 11,349 applicants accepted in 2019, 6,996 were accepted and 932 enrolled.

Tuition and fees at ACU run about 37,800. To assist student in paying for college, ACU has a variety of financial aid opportunities as well as, “Block Tuition.” If you are not familiar with the program, check it out. It can save you a lot of money as well as help you graduate a semester early.

Although ACU has 79 undergraduate programs and 164 areas of study, almost half the undergraduate population is seeking Business, Health Professions or Visual and Performing Arts degrees.

A couple things that prospective students may be interested in knowing is that freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus and 15 hours of Bible is part of the core curriculum. Students must also attend Chapel a specific number of times in order to graduate.

If any of what you read above sounds interesting to you, contact Garrison Powell (325-674-2545 or or Megan Mulder (325-674-2654 or They can get you the additional information you need to make an informed decision about whether Abilene Christian University is a good fit for you.

Phone: (713) 858-4325
Fax: (713) 858-4325
Richmond, TX 77406
1860 FM 359 #229