Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private university opened in 1906 and affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is situated on 208 acres of land in Abilene, Texas. One of its trademarks is its Christ – centered approach to all areas of study. Teaching strategies are geared to develop the student not just academically and intellectually, but spiritually as well.
Abilene Christian University made an unprecedented move in the opening of classes in 2008 when it gave out free Apple iPhones or iPod Touches to its incoming freshmen students, in an effort to further education through technology and communication. The students were able to receive homework alerts, answer in-class surveys and check meal and account balances, among other tasks, using their free gadget. This move was also a part of ACU’s commitment to use cutting-edge technology as part of its learning initiatives.
Abilene Christian University offers diverse undergraduate programs, ranging from accounting to engineering, financial management to various courses in Christian ministry. The most popular courses are business, general elementary education, and teaching psychology. It also offers masters degrees such as in communication, global IT leadership and nursing. Online masters programs are also available: masters in education, with specialization in curriculum and instruction, leadership of learning and special education, master of arts in conflict resolution and reconciliation, and master of science in organizational and human resource development.
The student-teacher ratio at Abilene Christian University is at 15:1, and tuition comes to $18,930.