Abilene Christian University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$37,750
4.14% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$28,725
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
4.22%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
63.4%
10,534 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
5,291
69.5% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
66%
640 Graduates

About

Abilene Christian University is a higher education institution located in Taylor County, TX. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Abilene Christian University were Sport & Fitness Management (72 degrees awarded), General Finance (71 degrees), and Registered Nursing (67 degrees).

In 2020, 1,314 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Abilene Christian University. 65.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (867 degrees), 4.31 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (201 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Abilene Christian University is $37,750, which is $15,220 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Abilene Christian University is $37,750, which is $15,220 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $28,725.

In 2020, 97% of undergraduate students attending Abilene Christian University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 51% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$37,750
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Abilene Christian University was $37,750. The cost of tuition at Abilene Christian University is $15,220 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$28,725
2020 Value
3.02%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Abilene Christian University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $28,725. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Abilene Christian University grew by 3.02%.

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Other Student Expenses

$11,065
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Abilene Christian University was of $11,065 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board increased by 6.91% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

97%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
51%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Abilene Christian University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2019, when 97% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
4.22%
2018 Default Rate
49
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Abilene Christian University was 4.22%, which represents 49 out of the 1160 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Abilene Christian University received 10,534 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 7.43% annual decline. Out of those 10,534 applicants, 6,679 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 63.4% acceptance rate.

There were 5,291 students enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 2020, and 50% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Abilene Christian University has an overall enrollment yield of 12.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

63.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
6,679
Accepted Out of 10,534

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Abilene Christian University was 63.4% (6,679 admissions from 10,534 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 61.5%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −7.43%, while admissions declined by −4.53%.

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SAT Scores

50%
Submission Percentage
432
Scores Submitted

50% of enrolled first-time students at Abilene Christian University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Abilene Christian University has a total enrollment of 5,291 students. The full-time enrollment at Abilene Christian University is 3,678 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,613. This means that 69.5% of students enrolled at Abilene Christian University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Abilene Christian University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 56.2% White, 19.7% Hispanic or Latino, 13.8% Black or African American, 3.72% Two or More Races, 1.17% Asian, 0.416% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0567% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Abilene Christian University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (38.2%), followed by White Male (23.6%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (14%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (48%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (12.9%) and White Male (9.97%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

69.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Abilene Christian University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,291 students. The full-time enrollment at Abilene Christian University is 3,678 and the part-time enrollment is 1,613. This means that 69.5% of students enrolled at Abilene Christian University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

76%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Abilene Christian University was 76%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Abilene Christian University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,971
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,041
  3. Black or African American
    730

The enrolled student population at Abilene Christian University is 56.2% White, 19.7% Hispanic or Latino, 13.8% Black or African American, 3.72% Two or More Races, 1.17% Asian, 0.416% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0567% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

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Graduates

In 2020, 418 more women than men received degrees from Abilene Christian University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Abilene Christian University is white (867 degrees awarded). There were 4.31 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (201 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Abilene Christian University is Sport & Fitness Management (72 degrees awarded), followed by General Finance (71 degrees) and Registered Nursing (67 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Abilene Christian University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Theology (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (72 degrees), and Interdisciplinary Studies (64 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Accountants & auditors (1,032,657 people), Other managers (663,171 people), Financial managers (448,066 people), Chief executives & legislators (344,806 people), and Firstline supervisors of retail sales workers (274,224 people).

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (72 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (64 degrees), Business (330 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (38 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Physicians, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, and Nurse anesthetists

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (72 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (64 degrees), Business (330 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (38 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Elementary & secondary schools (642,483 people), Banking & related activities (476,920 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (458,638 people), Computer Systems Design (444,393 people), and Insurance carriers (412,690 people).

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (52 degrees awarded), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (72 degrees), Interdisciplinary Studies (64 degrees), Business (330 degrees), and Public Administration and Social Service (38 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Abilene Christian University.
Most Common
  1. 72 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 71 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 67 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Abilene Christian University was Sport & Fitness Management with 72 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

448
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
866
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 448 degrees were awarded to men at Abilene Christian University, which is 0.517 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (866).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 73 degrees were awarded to men at Abilene Christian University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.06 times more than the 69 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 72 degrees were awarded to women at Abilene Christian University in Speech-Language Pathology, which is 72 times more than the 1 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

53%
100% Completion Time
67%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 53% of students graduating from Abilene Christian University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 67% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Male
Highest Graduation Rate (83.3%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Abilene Christian University is Male and Asian (83.3% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.156% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    867 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    201 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    124 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Abilene Christian University is white (867 degrees awarded). There were 4.31 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (201 degrees).

0.989% of degree recipients (13 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    576 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    291 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    141 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Abilene Christian University is white female (576 degrees awarded). There were 1.98 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (291 degrees).

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Operations

Abilene Christian University has an endowment valued at nearly $444M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $23.7M (5.35%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Abilene Christian University had a total salary expenditure of $143M. Abilene Christian University employs 77 Associate professors, 68 Professors, and 60 Assistant professors. Most academics at Abilene Christian University are Male Professors (54), Male Associate professors(51), and Female Assistant professors (32).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Abilene Christian University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 197 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 92 employees, and Management with 81 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$444M
2020 Endowment
0.113%
decline from 2019

Abilene Christian University has an endowment valued at about $444M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Abilene Christian University declined 0.113% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $404M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $4.57M - Federal
  2. $3.47M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2020, Abilene Christian University received $4.57M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.47M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$58.6M
2020 Salaries
2.9%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Abilene Christian University paid a median of $58.6M in salaries, which represents 41% of their overall expenditure ($143M) and a 2.9% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.727% decline from 2018 and a 0.696% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.9M
Instructional Salaries
272
Number of Employees

In 2020, Abilene Christian University paid a total of $20.9M to 272 employees working as instructors, which represents 35.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
77 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
197 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Abilene Christian University were Associate professor with 77 employees; Professor with 68 employees; and Professor with 60 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Abilene Christian University were Office and Administrative Support with 197 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 92 employees; and Management with 81 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Assistant professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Abilene Christian University was Male Professor with 54 employees, Male Associate professor with 51 employees, and Female Assistant professor with 32 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Abilene Christian University.

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