Abilene Christian University (ACU)

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ACU can be found in Abilene, TX, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 5,800 students enrolled each year at Abilene Christian University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this institution. Scores between 1015 (25th percentile) - 1230 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 21 (25th percentile) - 28 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to ACU. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the ACU average GPA ranges from 3.13 to 3.52 for accepted students. Roughly 60% of all applicant were accepted at ACU, and from those that were granted acceptance about 13% continued on to enroll. You can get more information from the admissions office website at acu.edu.

Overall ACU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Abilene Christian University was reported as 61.5% in Fall 2020 with over 11,400 college applications submitted to ACU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • ACU ACT Scores: 21 - 28
  • ACU Average GPA: 3.13 - 3.52

How Hard Is It to Get into Abilene Christian University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of ACU is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Abilene Christian University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 50.9%
  • 2017-2018: 60.6%
  • 2018-2019: 57.0%
  • 2019-2020: 61.5%
  • Projected ACU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 54.6%

How Does ACU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Abilene Christian University is eight percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Hardin-Simmons University83.8%
McMurry University45.5%
Howard Payne University53.9%
Midwestern State University79.3%
Texas Wesleyan University42.1%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to ACU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading515 - 630
Math500 - 600
Total Score1015 - 1230
ACT®Score Range
English19 - 28
Math18 - 26
Composite Score21 - 28
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