For the first time in its history, Arizona Christian University has been ranked as a top college by U.S. News & World Report – the most respected and comprehensive college ranking system in the nation.

“Year by year, ACU’s academic reputation has been growing,” said President Len Munsil, now completing his 7th year as ACU President. “In the last few years we’ve been recognized as a ‘best Christian university’, ‘best Bible college,’ ‘best value college,’ and ‘most selective college’ in Arizona – our first such rankings ever. Now we have been recognized by the widely accepted ‘gold standard’ of college rankings, U.S. News & World Report – and are well on our way to achieving our goal of becoming a great Christian university.”

ACU is ranked among the Best Regional Colleges in the West, and is the only ranked Arizona school in this category. The category covers colleges and universities from 15 western states, including California, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington and Oregon. Schools were ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence.

Arizona Christian University received the highest ranking (No. 16) of any Arizona school in any category.  Of Arizona’s 14 universities, only three other universities made the U.S. News & World Report best college list ( The other ranked universities in Arizona were: No. 81, Prescott College (Regional Universities in the West); No. 115 Arizona State University (National Universities), and No. 124 University of Arizona (National Universities.)

“This recognition is the result of years of hard work and commitment to excellence from our faculty, staff, coaches and administrators, along with leadership from our Board of Trustees, and generosity from our donors and alumni,” Munsil said. “But mostly, we give glory to God for his faithfulness in preserving this unique, theologically and culturally conservative institution that is preparing our world’s future Christian leaders with the transformative power of biblical truth.”

Earlier this year, ACU was named one of the top 50 Best Bible colleges in the nation by Christian University Online, and in the past two years has been recognized as “One of the Best Colleges in Arizona for 2017”, a “Best Value” university, one of the nation’s top Christian colleges and universities, and the most selective college or university in Arizona.

ACU is a private, non-profit, Christian university in Phoenix, Arizona with a wide variety of majors and areas of study preparing students for successful careers, but also remains committed to its vision of transforming culture with biblical truth. All students are taught through a biblically-integrated, general education curriculum called “The CORE”. Spiritual development is integrated within the University experience where all campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.

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