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5 College Freshman

Majors: My program, Interior Design, is, in my opinion, one of the best at ACU. It is known to be a great program with a very high job placement rate. I enjoy it for many reasons. The faculty are experienced and knowledgeable, yet are willing to help you with any questions you may have. It takes dedication and time management skills to be in this program. Many hours of work outside of class are required if you want to excel. The faculty have connections in the design field, and an internship is required before you graduate. The curriculum is designed to ready its students for a job in the real world. It focuses on many different aspects of design and brings in aspects from architecture, art history, etc.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are well-maintained, roomy, and very safe. An id card must be swiped to open the doors. Freshmen have a curfew at midnight on school nights. Thursday night is visitation night when girls can visit boys dorms and guys can visit the girls dorms. All students are welcome in the lobbies and kitchens of the dorm buildings, but only on Thursday night can someone of the opposite sex be in the actual dorm rooms. Sophomores do not have curfew and have more options when it comes to housing. There is also off-campus housing that are available to ACU students. University Park is an apartment complex for upperclassmen. It is new and very nice. All students can find housing that fits their budget.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: At ACU, you must be a sophomore to pledge to a social club. As a freshman, I have not experienced Greek life as an insider, but I was able to see the whole process and I learned a lot. Since social clubs do not have their own houses, they do not seem exclusive or cliquey. At ACU, social clubs are mostly to meet new people and work on service projects and form intramural sport teams.. They are not known for their parties, which is understandable at a Christian school. There are several clubs for both men and women o choose from.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: The cafeteria, nicknamed the Bean, is the main place students eat. There is only one main cafeteria since ACU is a somewhat small school. There are plenty of options though. There is always a vegetarian option, salad bar, a hot meal, and usually an international food option. Staples like pizza, cereal, hamburgers, and sandwiches are always available. The only downside to ACU's dining is the centralized location of it means a five minute walk is usually required, but this is only a problem when the weather is bad. There is a small food court adjacent to the Bean. It includes Einstein Bros. Coffee, Pizza Hut, Quiznos, Chik-fil-A, and a snack bar. The meal plan is easy to use since you just have to slide your id card to pay for your food. In addition, there is a Starbucks in the library and small cafes in some of the different academic buildings.

4 College Freshman

Academics: There is a wide variety of academics at ACU. In required basic classes, I have had the privilege to meet students with many different majors. I have friends with majors ranging from graphic design to finance to missions. It is fun and interesting to meet people with these different interests. Since it is a Christian university, students are required to take Cornerstone, Bible classes, and attend chapel. The staff and faculty are all experienced and knowledgeable in their areas of study. Also, the study abroad options are plentiful. ACU students are challenged everyday in class, since they are not easy classes.Since they are challenged, they end up changing into a better student, and often into a better person.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The interior design program is known to be one of the most challenging programs at Abilene Christian. Many hours of work time outside of class are required to excel. The faculty are extremely helpful and knowledgeable. Since ACU is a smaller school, the class sizes are equally small. This allows a more individualized learning experience. The program is one of the best in the country and does a great job of equipping students for jobs in the real world.

5 College Freshman

Facilities: Even though some of our facilities are a little old and they show it, our library has this amazing lab called the Learning Studio. We can check out rooms to have meetings, record projects--there's tons of technology available for everyone to use. It's incredible. And if you need equipment for a project, you can check it out for free.

The Learning Studio was funded by AT&T and it cost millions of dollars. I love it.

The library is also great overall. There are both quiet and talking zones, so you can study in whatever environment works best for you.

The Bible and Business buildings are also beautiful. The classrooms are good. What's also cool is that ACU incorporates a lot of technology. Everyone gets a free mobile device, and we use them in class.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't do any drugs or alcohol, so it's hard for me to know the extent of the problem, but I'd say it's about the same here as anywhere else. There's partying, drinking, and drugs, but no pressure to participate unless you're into the partying scene. All of the partying happens off-campus anyways. The most I've seen is someone high off marijuana. You don't need to be all that worried about illicit activity here.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: We have only one cafeteria, but the food is pretty good. You tend to get tired of it after awhile, but there are lots of options.

I love the fact that our meal plan works in terms of days instead of number of meals. I can eat anytime I want, as much as I want. A lot of times I'll go in to grab a snack or get a quick drink. It's really nice.

I also love the fact that we have Einstein Brothers Bagels, Quiznos, and Chick-fil-A on campus. Perfect for those days when I'm tired of the cafeteria, and the meal plan includes money I can spend at those places (as well as other spots on campus, like the Starbucks in the library).

One NASTY thing, though: I don't eat plain fruit, but I've had several friends pick up rotten apples or other fruit. It's disgusting.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I'm a freshman living in Gardner Hall. The rooms are spacious, the closets are a good size, and the hall is always clean. I get along well with the people around me, and I haven't experienced any conflicts so far.

There are laundry rooms in all of the dorms, which is great. They're free. But the washing machines are broken a lot of the time. And I know there's a sophomore dorm with only 1 laundry room for guys and girls to share--makes for some awkward situations.

It's annoying to have curfew too. No curfew on the weekends, but on weeknights you're supposed to be in the dorm by midnight. The RAs don't always check, but if you're late you have to sign in at the front desk. There are consequences for missing curfew. I've never been late, but it's still inconvenient.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: At Abilene Christian, I see that there is a great amount of safety precautions. The people in Abilene are good, small town people, so even off campus you are safe, but while on campus, there is a seperate police department that responds to any and all criminal activity. The police are as much a part of the community at ACU as the students.

1 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: very strict policies, if you break the rules, it takes a little longer than it should for a response, but when the police do arrive, they come in full force. The rules are leinient but still hold firm. Its got to be pretty serious to get the cops involved, like a supposed DUI but more than the written rules is the fear of the unspoken rules that guide most behavior at this school. Alcohol is allowed off campus, but you are not to be seen on campus with any alcohol related items. Visitation is one day a week, for inside the dorms. My advice to any student is that you should be able to respect and conform to the rules, before you even apply

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food options offered around campus are good but not excellent. The Bean (our campus cafeteria) is a decent dining hall, but after your first year you tend to get tired of the options they have. The around campus venues are not as nutritionally friendly as The Bean but when on your way to class needing food they are a good place to stop and grab a bite.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Abilene weather is generally warm to hot until the "winter" season, during which it becomes unpredictable. One day it will be warm and sunny and the next it will be cold enough to wear a big jacket. Overall I enjoy the weather and the large amount of sunshine allows for plenty of outside sports and activities.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are very knowledgeable about their specific areas of study, and they are actively involved in the student's experience at the school. The Science department is exceptional, and the Business and Education departments are world renowned. The registration process is relatively quick and easy when the server isn't bogged down from every student on campus trying to register; and the advisors work diligently with the students to figure out what classes best fit their schedule and count towards their major.

3 College Freshman

Parking: You don't really need a car. Parking is a rarity

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: For the most part Abilene shuts down around 9:30 s and except the dance halls and bars. I still find a lot to do just hanging out with my friends or doing stuff on campus.

3 College Freshman

Weather: It is cold in the morning when you go to class, but by the time you get out of that class it is pretty hot so you never know how to dress. When it rains a lot the campus floods but its not to bad.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Abilene Christian University has amazing professors who take all the time you need to understand the material. They truly want you to succeed in the class, not just pass it. The study abroad program is growing quickly as well as the campus in Abilene. The curriculum is challenging is some courses, but like I said the professors want to help you. You create your own schedule each semester but with the way the registration works, you have to hurry to get those classes. Also the upperclassmen get first pick and the freshman are left to get what's left.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: The Christian environment at ACU is wonderful and unique. Abilene is in the Bible Belt of Texas, and so there are many churches. This great because it allows students to challenge their faith and discover new religions. There are also many unique traditions like Sing Song, which is an annual event where clubs and classes preform an A Capella medley of songs with hand motions, and crazy costumes. This event is like a second homecoming. Also almost all of the professors have their doctorate, or at the very least their masters. Every professor challenges every student to do their best, and they are all super helpful! This is a great school to go to because it is constantly challenging students, and preparing them for the outside world.

4 College Freshman

Parking: There are always available parking spots for current students on campus. The permit cost is very inexpensive ($5) which is great in comparison to other schools. The only complaint I have is that just are very small, and sometimes people's cars get minor damage.

4 College Freshman

Facilities: The new rec center at ACU is perfect for hanging out and exercising!

5 College Freshman

Computers: ACU makes computers available to anyone and they are all great quality.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Gardner is the best girls freshman dorm, I love it!

2 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The ACU community is not very diverse so there is not much variation between girls and guys. When I speak of diversity, I refer to economically, racially and socially so everyone is basically the same minus a few individuals. However, people do not judge others on being the same or on those who choose to be different. Almost everyone at ACU is friendly and welcoming.


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