Abilene Christian University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (13)
The major advantage of ACU was how well I got to know every professor within my majors. They knew me, my abilities, my future plans and what was going on in my life. It meant more flexibility when things went wrong in my life, but also more accountability because they were working to help me succeed. I've been graduated for four years, and I could still call or email any of them and get a personal recommendation, help with classwork in my master's degree, or just a word of encouragement.
I loved being a student at Abilene Christian University. The overall atmosphere of the school is very positive and uplifting and the professors honestly care for outside of your title as "student". The professors would often invite their classes over to their homes for meals and visiting. They would pray for you or with you if you asked. Our chapel time was a huge blessing, a time to refocus your day and release the day's stresses. There were many extra activities on campus, many that participated in as well, like: swing and salsa dancing, marching and concert band, choirs, campus clubs, intramurals, academic clubs, and many sports. Fortunately, my department is now (3 years later) undergoing major building changes, adding space for labs and more classes. However, while I was a student, there were limited class options. However with that, the classes that were offered were very well taught. Again, each professor not only cared about their students, but also about their subject. Many professors had outside research projects or would take the class on Spring Break scuba trips to really learn Marine Biology. The material was well prepared and professors were willing to take time to help you understand. They didn't baby anyone but they did genuinely desire for each student to succeed. I feel like my degree from ACU was worthwhile and worth the money. The atmosphere, love, attitudes, helpfulness, kindness, and generosity of the school and those who attend and teach is incredible.
You can get a great education almost anywhere. You will find great professors, interesting topics, extracurricular activities you enjoy, beautiful campuses all over the world. What sets ACU apart is that the professors and the staff care about you, specifically, as an individual. I've been graduated for nearly five years, and I could still call up any one of my professors in either the English or Art & Design department on their personal cell and ask for a recommendation or a favor, or just to chat. I've been to their homes, I've traveled abroad with them, I've met their families and they have met mine. When an employer calls them up for a reference, they know my school work and they know me personally -- my work ethic, my style, my values. This is not the exception; this is the rule. If you want an exceptional education, then yes, you can find that at ACU, but you can find it elsewhere as well. If you want to be part of a community that cares about you, follows your success, holds you accountable and cheers you on well after you graduate, that's where you'll find ACU different.
My advising experience was by far the best at ACU, I felt like they really cared about my success. Most of my teachers were great. I had one who I didn't hate or love, a couple that were just okay, but most of my department professors were awesome!
This is an amazing school. Had the best education and experience of my life. Going for a second Masters. Only "you" can make a difference to what is important to "you". The instructors are the most caring and accomplished professionals I have ever met.
ACU made me the person I am today. I have my lifelong friends today, because of ACU. I have my wife, because of ACU. I believe in Christian education... so much, I sent my son to ACU.
ACU is like nothing you have ever experienced! Once on campus... you'll love it!
It has been 47 years since I attended. I suspect that any experiences I may have had back then may be quite different today. Regardless, ACU was probably the single best experience of my life. Back then, the school had an enrollment of approx. 2,500 students. The professors were well qualified and were able to give the "personal touch" because the classes were only 25 - 30 students -- no big theater class rooms. The student body comes from all over the world, literally, so it is very international. Also an extremely friendly atmosphere. Dorm life was great. There were lots of student activities -- more than you could possibly take in and keep your grades up, too. ACU has a top-notch sports programme -- good football, great basketball and track, which has produced a number of Olympians over the years. If you love music, either orchestral or choral, it is par excellence. It is a safe campus. Of course, it is a religious school aligned with the churches of Christ (non-denominational) -- not that you must take religious courses, but in my day daily chapel (approx. 30 - 45 minutes) was required of all students (unless you were sick). No matter your religious leanings, chapel was very inspiring -- on my part mainly because of the music. Graduates can be found in all the best post graduate schools all over the world. My studies prepared me for a 40-year career in computer technology.
While my brother and I had friends in college, we just never felt like we were part of the group except for the mixed chorus we were both in. He went to ACU and became the Freshman Class VP and a cheerleader. It was like a light bulb had gone on in his life. I had very much the same experience...so many wonderful friendly people. The teachers cared about the students. My daughter graduated in 2001 from ACU. She had an interdisciplinary degree in vocal performance and business management which she was allowed to design herself with the okay from both dept. heads. Many schools would not have allowed that. The things that had changed were many for the better than when I was there. Some of the rules were dropped that really didn't need to be there.
ACU has a great pre-med dept. and a great business dept. Also, their communications dept has state of the art equipment. It is always important, not matter where you go, to become active in things that interest you. That is the way to meet friends and to feel like you belong. When I was there, as much as I loved it, there were some who did not. Many of them were folks who went home every weekend and did not participate in much of anything. My daughter got about 1/2 of her tuition covered with scholarships. She had both academic and music scholarships along with some small scholarships she won along the way. ACU really is good to work with students on scholarships so I would check into that. No school is perfect.
The classes, for the most part have a low number of students to teachers. School spirit is really coming up because the football team is #2 in the nation for Division II schools and school spirit just makes everything more fun. Good luck!
I absolutely loved ACU! I received my Bachelor's of Business Administration there, specializing in accounting. I also started my master's in accounting, but my husband received orders to move so I didn't get a chance to finish it there.
I also worked over in the Journalism Department on the yearbook and newspaper and ended up being the secretary over there for a few years.
Overall, great experiences at ACU. Met lots of friends that I'm still friends with today. I did go there married so I can't say anything really about living in the dorms. Most of the buildings have been updated or are new and ACU is so up on the technology, that you won't ever feel behind.
I never had a teacher that I hated, I might have not liked the course (not a history person!) and might not have liked the way they teached, but I liked all the professors I had and those I didn't. Everyone is friendly all over campus.
I will say that I always felt at home in the JMC dept and still keep up with the professors and my friends from there. I took my classes in the business dept and liked all the professors there, but I was more of a JMC person so felt more at home over there.
I don't think I have anything negative about the school. I know every school has faults and not everyone has a good experience. I tend to have a positive attitude about things and look on the bright side. I would highly recommend ACU to anyone thinking of going to an awesome Christian school that strives for everyone to get a great education and to spread God's word.