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IPEDS ID: 222178
OPE ID: 00353700
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Abilene Christian University
1600 Campus Court, Abilene, Texas 79699
Distance from ZIP:  4.7 miles from 79605
General information:  (325) 674-2000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,461 (3,727 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  14 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Churches of Christ
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2013Full timePart time
Total faculty25423
Research and public service70
Total graduate assistants-81
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
Tuition and fees$22,760$25,270$26,770$28,3505.9%
Books and supplies$1,250$1,250$1,100$1,25013.6%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,884$8,316$8,650$8,8001.7%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,884$8,316$8,650$8,8001.7%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2010-20112011-20122012-20132013-2014% change 2012-2013 to 2013-2014
On Campus$35,300$38,250$39,900$41,8004.8%
Off Campus$35,300$38,250$39,900$41,8004.8%
Off Campus with Family$27,416$29,934$31,250$33,0005.6%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2013-2014
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition planX
  • Annual block tuition plan allows full-time students to take up to 36 hours each school year for one price, with general fees included. Each student's 36 hours per year can be taken during the fall, spring and summer terms, and either online, on campus or through ACU's Study Abroad program.
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2012-2013
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid194999%————
Grant or scholarship aid94999%$13,901,808$14,649
Federal grants22624%$1,068,985$4,730
Pell grants22423%$927,471$4,140
Other federal grants717%$141,514$1,993
State/local government grant or scholarships18920%$771,776$4,083
Institutional grants or scholarships94899%$12,061,047$12,723
Student loan aid55958%$5,467,861$9,782
Federal student loans54357%$3,313,672$6,103
Other student loans16317%$2,154,189$13,216
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid13,36293%$42,609,702$12,674
Pell grants85123%$3,411,171$4,008
Federal student loans2,03156%$20,484,590$10,086
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$24,444$26,105$25,143
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2010-20112011-20122012-2013
$0 – $30,000$20,275$21,122$20,836
$30,001 – $48,000$21,921$21,833$21,230
$48,001 – $75,000$22,771$23,002$22,504
$75,001 – $110,000$25,295$26,118$25,333
$110,001 and more$27,693$28,725$27,831
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2013
Total enrollment4,461
Undergraduate enrollment3,727
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment116
Graduate enrollment734
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 94%
Part-time: 6%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 43%
Female: 57%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 1%
Black or African American: 7%
Hispanic/Latino: 12%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 70%
Two or more races: 4%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 4%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 96%
25 and over: 4%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 86%
Out-of-state: 12%
Foreign countries: 2%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2012.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 44%
Part-time: 56%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 44%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 53%
Undergraduate application fee (2013-2014): $50
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2013
Number of applicants10,1884,1296,059
Percent admitted49%44%52%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%22%20%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2013 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading470580
SAT Math490600
SAT Writing450560
ACT Composite2127
ACT English2127
ACT Math2127
ACT Writing68
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 79%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Returned in Fall 2013
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 85 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2013.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 56%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
4-year: 38%
6-year: 60%
8-year: 61%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 52%
Female: 60%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 44%
Black or African American: 27%
Hispanic/Latino: 49%
White: 61%
Two or more races: 94%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 9%
Non-resident alien: 56%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2007 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2012-2013
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations-3----
Animal Sciences, General-4----
Category total-7----
Architecture and Related Services
Architecture and Related Services, Other3-----
Category total3-----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-22----
Category total-43----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-50----
Finance, General-24----
Information Resources Management-6----
Management Information Systems, General-0----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-24----
Category total-15533---
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia-8----
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other-17----
Public Relations/Image Management-1----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-186---
Category total-526---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science-9----
Information Technology-120---
Category total-210---
Art Teacher Education-0----
Biology Teacher Education-0----
Education, General--21d---
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other-----0d
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--34d---
Elementary Education and Teaching-28----
English/Language Arts Teacher Education-3----
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration--21d---
History Teacher Education-1----
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-2----
Mathematics Teacher Education-10----
Music Teacher Education-6----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-4----
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education-1----
Secondary Education and Teaching-3----
Social Studies Teacher Education-5----
Spanish Language Teacher Education-3----
Special Education and Teaching, General-51---
Superintendency and Educational System Administration-----5d
Category total-7177d--5d
Engineering Physics/Applied Physics-0----
Engineering Science-0----
Category total-0----
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-196---
Category total-196---
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Human Development and Family Studies, General-48----
Category total-48----
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature-2----
Category total-2----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing--1--0
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other-0----
Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling--14---
Nursing Administration--0---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-250---
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-2315---
Category total-5930--0
History, General-10----
Category total-10----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration-10----
Category total-10----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies--4---
Category total--4---
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-3----
Category total-3----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
International/Global Studies-2--0-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-3435d---
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution--48d--42d
Category total-3684d-1042d
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-8----
Category total-8----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-2----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-25----
Category total-27----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-2----
Physics, General-2----
Category total-4----
Clinical Psychology--7---
Counseling Psychology--7---
Psychology, General-381---
School Psychology--5---
Category total-3820---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Social Work-1616---
Category total-1616---
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-12----
Social Sciences, Other-0----
Category total-21----
Theology and Religious Vocations
Bible/Biblical Studies-21---
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology-12---
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other-1182--
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other-20---
Youth Ministry-5----
Category total-11292--
Visual and Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-9----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-17----
Graphic Design-0----
Interior Design-6----
Keyboard Instruments-0----
Music, General-4----
Voice and Opera-1----
Category total-37----
Grand total369830521047
2012-2013 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined5954
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1971 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) - Clinical training programs at the master's, doctoral, and postgraduate levels7/31/2005 - 4/15/2013No Longer Recognized
American Dietetic Association, Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education
Didactic Program in Dietetics2/1/1976 -  Pre-Accredited
American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs4/6/2014 -  Pre-Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SP) - Graduate degree programs9/1/2002 -  Accredited
Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology1/1/2002 -  Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels11/18/1997 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels11/18/1997 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation, Commission on Community/Junior College Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1974 -  Accredited
Teacher Education Accreditation Council, Accreditation Committee
Baccalaureate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (BTEAC) - Baccalaureate programs2/28/2012 -  Pre-Accredited
Graduate Teacher Education Accreditation Council (GTEAC) - Graduate programs2/28/2012 -  Pre-Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2012 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations300
Liquor law violations421
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations200
Liquor law violations321
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft412
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201020112012
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible000
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year20102009
Default rate8.5%10.2%
Number in default97110
Number in repayment1,1361,076
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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