Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

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Whether you dream of becoming a health care professional, a cutting-edge medical researcher, or a science professor, Abilene Christian University will prepare you for a successful career.

Students interested in health and medicine can apply for ACU’s Body & Soul program which further prepares students for entry into health-related professional schools for medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant, optometry, physical therapy, and occupational therapy.

We’re working to be the best in the world at providing an exceptional academic education in a Christ-centered environment. At ACU, you will be challenged intellectually while developing spiritually, all in preparation for successful Christian service and leadership.

We want to be a place where you can grow in your faith and come to better understand who Jesus is and what He’s called you to do. At ACU, you will discover how your life andwork can make a real difference in the world.

To learn more about ACU, schedule a campus visit at acu.edu/visit.

71 undergraduate majors offered at ACU, with more than 135 areas of study, 32 master’s programs, and three doctoral programs

ACU Wildcats compete in 17 NCAA Division I sports in the Southland Conference.

46 nations represented by ACU students as well as 49 states and US territories

Nearly 25% of graduating ACU seniors have studied abroad in places such as Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

100% of the fall 2018 incoming class receiving scholarships or financial aid, amounting to more than $34 million


One of “America’s Best Colleges” U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes



Program Opportunities

• Professional school deans’ information sessions: Deans from medical and dental schools and representatives of allied health programs visit ACU annually.

• Student research opportunities: The science departments at ACU have vibrant research programs.

• Medical missions: Our medical and dental alumni host spring break and summer medical missions.

• Biomedical ethics: Students explore current bioethical issues in the health care field, evaluate each issue at the philosophical level, and learn to respond from a Christian worldview.

• Surgery observation: Students have the opportunity to observe surgeries the entire first semester of their junior year.

• Letters of recommendation for medical and dental schools: Body & Soul participants develop a mentoring relationship with the Pre-Health Advisory Committee.

• Mock interview program: Using the experience of alumni and advisors, the mock interview program allows juniors to develop and hone their ability to interview well.

• Vitae updates: The Body & Soul program provides the support students need to present their experiences and qualifications to professional schools.

What opportunities are available for obtaining firsthand experience?
There are two large hospitals in Abilene where students volunteer. Other students are paid for working as orderlies, phlebotomists, or pharmacy technicians. Body & Soul also provides job-shadowing opportunities with local physicians.

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