Abilene Christian University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$36,250
4.17% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$27,883
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
6.63%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
61.5%
11,379 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
5,292
70.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
67.1%
638 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 General Business Administration & Management (69 degrees awarded), Accounting (66 degrees), and General Finance (58 degrees).

In 2019, 1,356 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Abilene Christian University. 61.9% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 38.1% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (899 degrees), 4.73 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (190 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Abilene Christian University is $36,250, which is $14,224 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Abilene Christian University is $36,250, which is $14,224 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $27,883.

In 2019, 97% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 52% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$36,250
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Abilene Christian University was $36,250. The cost of tuition at Abilene Christian University is $14,224 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$27,883
2019 Value
1.08%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Abilene Christian University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $27,883. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Abilene Christian University grew by 1.08%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,350
Room and Board
$1,250
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Abilene Christian University was of $10,350 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,250. The cost of room and board decreased by 0.27% between 2018 and 2019. 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%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Abilene Christian University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2018, when 97% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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6.63%
2017 Default Rate
76
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Abilene Christian University was 6.63%, which represents 76 out of the 1146 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Abilene Christian University received 11,379 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 1.64% annual decline. Out of those 11,379 applicants, 6,996 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 61.5% acceptance rate.

There were 5,292 students enrolled at Abilene Christian University in 2019, and 48% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Abilene Christian University has an overall enrollment yield of 13.3%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

61.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
6,996
Accepted Out of 11,379

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Abilene Christian University was 61.5% (6,996 admissions from 11,379 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 57%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −1.64%, while admissions grew by 6.16%.

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SAT Scores

48%
Submission Percentage
442
Scores Submitted

48% of enrolled first-time students at Abilene Christian University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Abilene Christian University has a total enrollment of 5,292 students. The full-time enrollment at Abilene Christian University is 3,739 students and the part-time enrollment is 1,553. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Abilene Christian University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Abilene Christian University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 58% White, 17.7% Hispanic or Latino, 13.3% Black or African American, 4.16% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.397% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0945% 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 (24.5%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (12.4%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.1%), followed by Hispanic or Latino Female (12.1%) and White Male (11.1%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

70.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Abilene Christian University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 5,292 students. The full-time enrollment at Abilene Christian University is 3,739 and the part-time enrollment is 1,553. This means that 70.7% of students enrolled at Abilene Christian University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2019 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 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), 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
    3,070
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    938
  3. Black or African American
    705

The enrolled student population at Abilene Christian University is 58% White, 17.7% Hispanic or Latino, 13.3% Black or African American, 4.16% Two or More Races, 1.28% Asian, 0.397% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0945% 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 106 students (2%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 324 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 (899 degrees awarded). There were 4.73 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (190 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Abilene Christian University is General Business Administration & Management (69 degrees awarded), followed by Accounting (66 degrees) and General Finance (58 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 (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (132 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (39 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 Other managers (160,520 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (147,719 people), Architects, except landscape and naval (112,713 people), Graphic designers (102,090 people), and Clergy (98,070 people).

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (132 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (39 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (9 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (72 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, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Physicians, Dentists, and Sales managers

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (132 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (39 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (9 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (72 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 (354,391 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (210,261 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (181,132 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (179,290 people), and Religious organizations (123,806 people).

The most specialized majors at Abilene Christian University are Theology (55 degrees awarded), Interdisciplinary Studies (132 degrees), Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (39 degrees), Architecture and Related Services (9 degrees), and Visual & Performing Arts (72 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. 69 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 66 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 58 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Abilene Christian University was General Business Administration & Management with 69 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

516
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
840
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 516 degrees were awarded to men at Abilene Christian University, which is 0.614 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (840).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 82 degrees were awarded to men at Abilene Christian University in General Business Administration & Management, which is 1.26 times more than the 65 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 83 degrees were awarded to women at Abilene Christian University in Speech-Language Pathology, which is 83 times more than the 1 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

48%
100% Completion Time
61%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 48% of students graduating from Abilene Christian University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 61% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 62% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Abilene Christian University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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% of graduates (0 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    899 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    190 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    122 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Abilene Christian University is white (899 degrees awarded). There were 4.73 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (190 degrees).

0.737% of degree recipients (10 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    561 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    338 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    120 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Abilene Christian University is white female (561 degrees awarded). There were 1.66 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (338 degrees).

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Operations

Abilene Christian University has an endowment valued at nearly $444M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $24.5M (5.51%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Abilene Christian University had a total salary expenditure of $141M. Abilene Christian University employs 78 Associate professors, 59 Professors, and 58 Assistant professors. Most academics at Abilene Christian University are Male Associate professors (52), Male Professors(48), and Male Assistant professors (30).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Abilene Christian University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 209 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 84 employees, and Management with 82 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$444M
2019 Endowment
2.81%
growth from 2018

Abilene Christian University has an endowment valued at about $444M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Abilene Christian University grew 2.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $406M 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. $2.06M - Federal
  2. $3.16M - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Abilene Christian University received $2.06M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $3.16M from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$57M
2019 Salaries
0.727%
decline from 2018

In 2019, Abilene Christian University paid a median of $57M in salaries, which represents 40.5% of their overall expenditure ($141M) and a 0.727% decline from the previous year. This is compared to a 0.696% growth from 2017 and a 6.94% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$19.3M
Instructional Salaries
265
Number of Employees

In 2019, Abilene Christian University paid a total of $19.3M to 265 employees working as instructors, which represents 33.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
78 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
209 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Abilene Christian University were Associate professor with 78 employees; Professor with 59 employees; and Professor with 58 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Abilene Christian University were Office and Administrative Support with 209 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 84 employees; and Management with 82 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

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

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Abilene Christian University was Male Associate professor with 52 employees, Male Professor with 48 employees, and Male Assistant professor with 30 employees.

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

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