About ACU

Dean’s Message
Welcome to Abilene Christian University’s online programs. I encourage you to browse our degree offerings and I hope you will find a program that will inspire you to advance your leadership skills and your career.

Our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world, and we’ve assembled an outstanding faculty to provide the knowledge that will help you advance in the modern job marketplace.

Our online programs are more than just courses, they’re strong learning communities in which students challenge and support each other, and promote the integration of faith and education.

I look forward to one day congratulating you as one of the thousands of ACU alumni who now serve others throughout the world.


Dr. Jaime Goff
Dean, College of Graduate and Professional Studies
Abilene Christian University

Our History
Abilene Christian University began as Childers’ Classical Institute in 1906 and was founded by A.B. Barret on five acres of land on North First Street in Abilene, Texas. It enrolled 25 students and offered only primary and secondary classes during the first year. Between 1906 and World War II, accredited classes were granted, the school’s name changed to Abilene Christian College and the campus grew from 5 to 25 acres in a move north of Abilene.

Enrollment surged following the war, and in 1951, the college received accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Abilene Christian College officially became Abilene Christian University in 1976, and in 1977 enrolled more than 4,000 students.

ACU celebrated its centennial year in 2005‐06 and currently enrolls about 4,600 students, including 3,800 undergraduate students and 800 graduate students from 47 states and territories and 43 nations.

More than 245 full‐time faculty members, 96 percent of whom hold terminal degrees in their fields, are committed to engaging students in authentic spiritual and intellectual growth.

The university now includes the Graduate School; the Graduate School of Theology; the School of Information Technology and Computing; the School of Social Work; the School of Nursing, and the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and Honors. It is affiliated with the Churches of Christ and is one of the largest private universities in the Southwest.

Our Christian Heritage
Established by members of the Churches of Christ, ACU maintains a strong relationship with these independently governed congregations around the world. We welcome all students of character and ability who value our strong Christian atmosphere and exceptional learning environment.

Our Mission
At Abilene Christian University, our mission is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. This mission is achieved through:

  • Exemplary teaching, offered by a faculty of Christian scholars, that inspires a commitment to learning
  • Significant research, grounded in the university’s disciplines of study, that informs issues of importance to the academy, church and society
  • Meaningful service to society, the academic disciplines, the university, and the church, expressed in various ways, by all segments of the Abilene Christian University community.