Abilene Christian University
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Founded in 1906 as Childers Classical Institute, the school moved to its current campus in 1929 and changed its name from Abilene Christian College to Abilene Christian University in 1976. It resides on 262 acres in West Texas. Its student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1.
The university’s mission is to “educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” According to its website, that is achieved through: “Exemplary teaching, offered by a faculty of Christian scholars, that inspires a commitment to learning; significant research, grounded in the university’s disciplines of study, that informs issues of importance to the academy, church, and society; meaningful service to society, academic disciplines, the university, and the church, expressed in various ways, by all segments of the ACU community.”
Location: Abilene, Texas
Denominational affiliation: Churches of Christ
Notable alumni: Max Lucado, Billy Olson, Ronnie Dunn, V.E. Howard.
Programs offered: Bachelor's degrees in Accounting, advertising/public relations, aging studies, agriculture business, animal science, art, Bible & Ministry, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, child and family services, communication sciences and disorders, communication, computer science, criminal justice, education, digital entertainment technology, engineering, English, environmental science, financial management, global studies, graphic design/advertising, history, interdisciplinary programs, interior design, journalism, kinesiology, management, marketing, mathematics, ministry and vocation, multimedia, music, nursing, nutrition, physics, political science, psychology, social work, sociology, Spanish, theatre, vocal performance.
The Baylor University campus in Waco. FELIX MIZIOZNIKOV / SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
Chartered in 1845 before Texas was a state, Baylor University is a Christian university in Waco, Texas with a mission is to “to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.”
“Baylor continues to hold firm to the conviction that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian, where such a commitment does not imply a lack of scholarly inquiry, but rather requires scholarship and creative endeavors at the highest levels of quality to complement and inform its teaching and service,” its website states.
Students, the website, says, “encounter a variety of beliefs on campus, and they are encouraged to broaden their understanding of the rich cultural diversity found throughout the world and reflected in the Baylor family.”
Location: Waco, Texas
Denominational affiliation: Baptist General Convention of Texas
Notable alumni: Angela Kinsey, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Robert Griffin III, Howard E. Butt Jr.
Programs offered: Bachelor's degrees in: accounting, American studies, anthropology, apparel design and product development, apparel merchandising, applied mathematics, applied music, Arabic and Middle East studies, art history, Asian studies, astronomy, astrophysics, aviation administration, aviation sciences, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biology, business fellows, chemistry, child and family studies, choral music, church music, classics, clinical laboratory science, communication, communication sciences and disorders, communication specialist, computer science, computer science fellows, data science, earth science, economics, education, electrical and computer engineering, engineering, English, entrepreneurship and corporate innovation, environmental health science, environmental science, environmental studies, exercise physiology, film and digital media, finance, French, general family & consumer sciences, geology, geophysics, German, great texts of the Western tradition, Greek, Greek and Roman studies, health science studies, health kinesiology and leisure studies, history, human resource management, instrumental music, interior design, international business, international studies, journalism, Latin, Latin American studies, linguistics, management, management information systems, marketing, mathematics, mechanical engineering, medical humanities, music, music history and literature, music theory, neuroscience, nursing, nutrition sciences, philosophy, physics, piano pedagogy, political science, professional selling, professional writing and rhetoric, psychology, public health, recreation and leisure services, religion, risk management and insurance, Russian, science research fellows, Slavic and East European studies, social work, sociology, Spanish, statistics, studio art, supply chain management, theatre arts, theatre design and technology, theatre performance, theatre studies, university scholars.