Abilene Christian University Program Review
Abilene Christian University is a private institution of higher learning that is based on Christian principles and intends to educate and produce Christian leaders. All curricula at Abilene Christian University is influenced by Christian morals and values, and students constantly relate their practical, scholastic education to their spiritual backgrounds. Through social, spiritual, and intellectually-challenging activities, students at Abilene Christian University learn how to impact their communities in a positive way by living and leading according to Christian principles.
Abilene Christian University was first founded in 1906 in Abilene, TX, as The Childers Classical Institute, in honor of Col. J.W. Childers, a churchman in Abilene who sold land at a discounted price for the school. During the first years, The Childers Classical Institute taught children at the primary and secondary levels, but it became accredited to award junior college degrees in 1914 and senior college degrees in 1919. Since the early days, Abilene Christian University has expanded to house new buildings, offer cutting edge degree programs, and support more than 4,800 students; however, the school is still closely affiliated with the Abilene church community, as well as Christian communities around the world.
ACU offers more than 61 Bachelor's degrees, 26 Master's degrees, and one doctoral degree program. Majors include Engineering Science, Spanish, Animal Science, Christian Ministry, Theatre, Journalism, Family Studies, Graphic Design/Advertising, Nutrition, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Biblical Text, Biology, and more. Abilene Christian University also sponsors professional and continuing education programs, including a Texas Real Estate Licensure certificate, Certified Public Accountants program and a Continuing Legal Education program for the Texas State Bar Association.
Students at Abilene Christian University are active in community service, campus ministry, multicultural events and clubs, and athletics. The school's Leadership Development division sponsors projects and retreats based on experiential learning that help students develop and create leadership opportunities on campus and in the real world.