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ACU again tops other Texas universities in ‘U.S. News’ national rankings

U.S. News and World Report 2020For the second year in a row, Abilene Christian University is the highest-ranking university in Texas in a U.S. News and World Report benchmark focused on programs that lead to student success. 

U.S. News highlighted the best institutions in the nation for exceptional commitment to student success, with ACU achieving top 10 status in three of eight areas of emphasis that impact student success:

  • FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE: (1) Agnes Scott College; (2) Elon; (3) South Carolina; (4) Abilene Christian, Amherst College; (6) Georgia State; (7) Berea College; (8) Appalachian State; (9) Arizona State, Yale
  • LEARNING COMMUNITIES: (1) Elon; (2) Yale; (3) Agnes Scott College; (4) Princeton; (5) Georgia State; (6) Evergreen State College; (7) Appalachian State, Dartmouth College; (9) Abilene Christian, Michigan State
  • SERVICE LEARNING: (1) Berea College; (2) Elon; (3) Tulane; (4) Boston College; (5) Portland State, Notre Dame; (7) Georgetown; (8) Duke; (9) Stanford; (10) Abilene Christian

No other Texas university was named in the top 10 of any category. Abilene Christian also ranked #44 nationally in the Undergraduate Research category. ACU is the only Texas institution to be ranked in four of the eight categories. 

In the 2021 “America’s Best Colleges,” ACU ranked 15th overall among Regional Universities (West). Also in the Regional Universities (West) rankings, Abilene Christian was named:

  • #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #4 in Most Innovative
  • #9 in Best Value
  • #9 in Best Colleges for Veterans

“Our placement in these rankings reflects our commitment to student experience, collaboration and the exceptional learning environment offered here,” said ACU president Dr. Phil Schubert. “It’s gratifying when peers and external institutions continue to recognize what we see every day – our faculty, staff and students living out our mission and making a real difference in the world.”

In last year’s rankings, ACU finished in the top 20 in three of the eight national benchmark categories and was ranked in five of the eight. This year the university moved up five places in the category of First-Year Experience and two places in Learning Communities.  

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  1. Avatar Linnea Norman says:

    I’m a junior in high school and so far ACU is by far catching my attention. I would love to know more about what your school has to offer. Thank you

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  3. Avatar Joy Wyatt says:

    I am so thrilled for ACU. This is a High Achiever Academic In Every Aspect of Educational Experience, Leadership, Communication and Beyond. CONGRATULATIONS. I HAVE A NIECE ATTENDING ACU. SHE LOVES IT. SHE IS AN ACHIEVER. This is her 2ND or 3rd year there. HER NAME IS YESSICA KANESEWAH.

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