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Historic Campus Dedication Chapel

Historic Campus Dedication Chapel

A Historic Day at ACU

A record number of students, faculty, staff and special friends gathered at our Events Center on September 26th to celebrate what God has done in bringing ACU to this new (yet historic) campus.

Prayers of dedication were offered from students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Trustees. A special welcome was offered by Glendale Mayor, Jerry Weiers.

During his dedication message, President Len Munsil stated, “We know what God is doing at ACU is so much bigger than a university. We want to see ACU become a beachhead of hope, of clear thinking and a training ground for generations of well-educated and courageous Christian leaders who will boldly transform culture with God’s truth.”

If you were not able to attend the Campus Dedication Chapel, view a short recap of the events in the video below.

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We invite you to visit our historic campus for a VIP tour.

 

First Homecoming on our new campus!

First Homecoming on our new campus!

Join Us

Join us for Homecoming on November 15-16, 2019

The Homecoming Family Bar-B-Que is one of the most popular events of the weekend. Families gather from around the world to celebrate some of ACU’s finest traditions. We offer various pricing offers that include a combo deal for $12 and a VIP package for $22. It’s going to be an unforgettable weekend as we celebrate this season in ACU’s storied history.

Our brand new ACU Hotel & Conference Center welcomes you with comfort, sophistication, and the perfect location. Whether you’re visiting for the Homecoming celebrations or just to see your student, we’re confident you will be delighted.

On Saturday November 16, our ACU football will take on Texas College at Cactus High School which is just down the street from our Glendale campus. Tailgate is at 5 PM and kickoff is at 7pm.

Powder Puff Football Game – Nov. 14

  • 8:30 pm
  • Grass field next to Events Center
  • Free
  • Students, alumni, parents, staff & Faculty welcome to come watch our female athletes play football against each other!

New Campus Tours – Nov. 15

  • 1:30 – 4:30 pm
  • Meet in Administration building
  • Free
  • Our Enrollment Specialist team volunteered to give tours to all alumni or families of our beautiful new campus! (Tour times not confirmed yet)

Kickball Tournament – Nov. 15

  • 2 pm
  • Firestorm Fields (North West side of campus)
  • Free
  • Students, Alumni, Staff & Faculty are encouraged to sign up and play!

Family BBQ – Nov. 15

  • 5:30 – 7pm
  • Tower Grill Lawn
  • Choose bundle price at registration!
  • Kids under 12 eat free! Will have lawn games, a bounce house, and kettle corn!

Firestorm Showcase – Nov. 15

  • 7-8:30 pm
  • Events Center
  • Free

Tailgate – Nov. 16

  • 5:30 pm
  • Glendale Campus Ramada
  • Free
  • Will have lawn games, face/body paint and food for purchase

Football Game – Nov. 16

  • 7 pm
  • Cactus High School
  • $10 admission
  • ACU Firestorm Vs. Texas College
  • RED OUT
  • Homecoming Court Announcement at halftime

 

Purchase Tickets for Homecoming

$5 – BBQ
$10 – Football Game
$12 – Combo Deal (BBQ + Football)
$22 – VIP Bundle (BBQ + Football + Limited edition t-shirt)
$12 – Student Bundle (BBQ + Limited edition t-shirt)

 

Constitution Day 2019

Constitution Day 2019

“Little short of a miracle …”

By Tracy F. Munsil, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Political Science; ACU Pre-Law Society Advisor

Chair, Department of Government, History and Philosophy

 

If George Washington had lived during our social media age, when the final draft of the Constitution emerged from the Constitutional Convention 232 years ago today, his first “tweet” might well have been – the new Constitution is “little short of a miracle.”

That is exactly how Washington described it in a letter a few months later to Marquis de Lafayette, the French major general who defended the Revolutionary cause at the Battle of Yorktown: “It appears to me then, little short of a miracle, that the Delegates from so many different States (… different from each other in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national government.”

In fact, Washington even confessed later in the letter that he was not “such an enthusiastic, partial or undiscriminating admirer of it, as not to perceive it is tinctured with some real (though not radical) defects.”

Faint praise, to be sure.

What the U.S. Constitution had going for it then – and what still makes it great today – is the fact that at its foundation is a biblical worldview understanding of human nature. A clear-eyed understanding that human beings are sinful and fallen, likely to pursue narrow self-interest and personal ambition over the common good, prone to corruption and abuse of power – and we need a government that reflects those basic truths about who we are.

This foundational biblical understanding guided the creation of the U.S. Constitution – from its intentional dispersal of power into three branches of government with an extensive system of checks and balances, to its creation of federalism that carefully balanced state and national authority, to its expansive protections against governmental incursion into political, economic and religious liberty, as well as against tyranny of the majority. And finally, its recognition of “We, the People” – as the source of authority in a representative government.

 

As James Madison puts it so clearly in Federalist 51:

But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature? If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary. In framing a government which is to be administered by men over men, the great difficulty lies in this: you must first enable the government to control the governed; and in the next place oblige it to control itself. A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.

 

None of our founders harbored any illusions that human beings are angels or perfectible, or that the Constitution was perfect or that it ever could be. Rather, they knew they were trying to create “a more perfect Union” – a new kind of representative republic that was better than the Articles of Confederation it was replacing, better than the British monarchy it had overthrown, better than a pure democracy that history had taught them devolved into tyranny of the majority and mob rule.

The new system was better. But it could never be perfect, because those creating it and those it governed were imperfect.

They even anticipated the need for amendment – 27 times in 232 years. And many of its signatories and advocates clearly recognized two unresolved issues inherent in the document – slavery and states’ rights – issues that would later be resolved only through the bloody Civil War and its aftermath.

The Constitution itself ultimately laid the groundwork for the elimination of slavery, not only through the amendment process but through its commitment to justice. In the Preamble, the framers made clear their intent to “establish justice” and “secure the blessings of liberty” for themselves and future generations – principles that rang hollow to African Americans living in nation “half-slave” and “half-free.” Slavery is never mentioned in the original Constitution. In Article 1, Section 9, Congress was allowed to ban the slave trade after 20 years, which it did in 1808. Abolitionists used these very principles of the Constitution and also those found in the Declaration of Independence to support elimination of this horrific practice.

Despite his misgivings and the fact that only five states of the required nine had voted for ratification by the time of his letter, Washington expressed cautious optimism to Lafayette about the new Constitution, assured by the idea that the new republican government had “more checks and barriers against the introduction of Tyranny, & those of a nature less liable to be surmounted, than any Government hitherto instituted among mortals, hath possessed.”

Not perfect, but the best yet devised “among mortals.” He, too, embraced the biblical worldview when it came to politics, confident that the new government could prevail “so long as there shall remain any virtue in the body of the People.”

We take so much in our constitutional system for granted. We forget so much about the Constitution that makes it unique, even exceptional among nations. Few of us might think to describe it as miraculous, though clearly it is.

We forget that it established the longest existing Constitutional republic in human history – 232 years have passed since it was drafted and signed by 39 members of the Constitutional Convention on this day in 1787.

We forget that it is the result of tremendous intellectual and political courage, to create something that had never been tried before – the delegates trusting in their understanding of human nature, their knowledge of history, and their commonsense principles of good government and commitment to liberty. Trusting their ability to use “the science of politics” to adapt the best principles – a term used by Alexander Hamilton in Federalist 9 and Washington in his letter to Lafayette – to the unique American setting.

We forget that this new system of government was literally “argued into existence … by means of an intense debate between partisans of different political persuasions and theoretical perspectives.” The ratification debate was in no way a foregone conclusion, despite ratification eventually becoming unanimous when the Bill of Rights was added.

And, most importantly, we forget that the U.S. Constitution has within it features of government then new and unique to the American context, but which have served as the model for free governments ever since. Here are just a few features that had never existed in human history before September 17, 1787:

  • Government based on biblical worldview understanding of human nature
  • Three branches of government, including: a bi-cameral Legislature, a president as the executive, and an independent judiciary
  • A system of checks and balances
  • Federalism – balance between state sovereignty and national power
  • Electoral college – designed to reflect the representation in the Congress and check the tyranny of the majority
  • Economic liberty – institutionalized in the Constitution (protection of property, intellectual property, stable currency, encouragement of commerce and trade, etc.)
  • “We the people” – free elections
  • Five freedoms in our First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, petition)
  • Stability through institutions and the rule of law
  • Peaceful transition of power

 

In his First Inaugural Address in 1981, President Ronald Reagan said: “To a few of us here today this is a solemn and most momentous occasion, and yet in the history of our nation it is a commonplace occurrence. The orderly transfer of authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every 4-year ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.”

This Constitution Day, I’d encourage you to remember and appreciate the “miracle” of our Constitution, and not take it for granted. It is the model and the envy of all freedom-loving people around the world. You probably can’t imagine living without the liberty it protects or the system of government it created. Trust me, you don’t want to! Happy 232rd birthday, U.S. Constitution!

And if you have some time, take this 10-Question Constitution Quiz (there are 50- and 100-question quizzes here, too – but this is a good warm-up): https://www.constitutionfacts.com/?page=quiz.cfm

 

Tracy F. Munsil, Ph.D.

ACU Enrollment Explodes at New Campus

ACU Enrollment Explodes at New Campus

Arizona Christian University shattered all enrollment records following its move to a new campus in Glendale, growing by 20 percent to more than 750 traditional students at the start of classes in August – a fifth straight year of record enrollment.

“At a time when most small colleges are losing enrollment, we are grateful to God for this astounding increase in students seeking an award-winning education with a strong biblical foundation on a beautiful residential campus,” said Len Munsil, President of ACU. “The Christian community and small college experience are what set us apart, so even as we grow we are very purposeful about maintaining the Christian commitment of our entire community and our high academic standards.”

ACU remains the most selective university in Arizona, and for a second straight year has been ranked by College Consensus as the No. 1 university in Arizona, ahead of the University of Arizona and Arizona State University.

Including ACU’s evening and online students, total enrollment at Arizona Christian University is nearing 1,000 students this fall, up from 380 a decade ago, prior to President Munsil’s arrival in 2010. This fall, for the first time in its 60-year history, more than half of all ACU students live on campus.

Last November, ACU announced a land swap with ASU’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, trading its similarly valued 20-acre parcel in north Phoenix for the 68 acres of developed campus in Glendale. Before the move, ACU’s traditional enrollment, while growing, was effectively capped in the low 600’s by the lack of academic space and parking at the smaller Phoenix campus.

Munsil credited the ACU Board of Trustees for its faith and vision to embrace the opportunities provided by the new campus. He also acknowledged the efforts of Provost and COO Dr. Steve Adamson and new Vice President for Enrollment Jeff Rutter and his team for their efforts at recruiting students who are the right fit for ACU.

“Having the opportunity to move to this campus was a miracle, but our entire University team performed a second miracle by continuing to do their main jobs while simultaneously moving an entire University and all its equipment, furniture and infrastructure across town during the hot summer,” Munsil said. “It is amazing how hard everyone worked to make sure we were ready to welcome students to campus this fall.”

ACU students come from all over the nation and the world. While the majority of incoming students are from Arizona, students at ACU now hail from more than 30 states, while international students arrive from two dozen countries.

“We are an ethnically and geographically diverse community united by our shared faith in Jesus Christ,” Munsil said. “We know God has great things in store as we prepare more and more students each year to engage and transform culture with biblical truth.”

ACU is Top Ranked University in Arizona!

ACU is Top Ranked University in Arizona!

For the 2nd straight year, Arizona Christian University is ranked Number One on College Consensus’ Top Ranked Schools in Arizona!

College Consensus uses a comprehensive methodology that includes all of the best national college ranking systems, including Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, combined with data from public sources including student reviews of their college experience and education.

For 2019, this was the list of top universities in Arizona:

  1. Arizona Christian University
  2. University of Arizona
  3. Arizona State University – Tempe
  4. Prescott College

No other universities or colleges in Arizona made the rankings.

“These results confirm what we are seeing first-hand in our community – the life-transforming value of a smaller institution committed to the pursuit of academic excellence, biblical truth, relational health and cultural influence,” said ACU President Len Munsil. “Our students are known, cared about and encouraged by our amazing team of faculty and staff, and by each other. The multiple national rankings we are now receiving show that the world is recognizing the value of a smaller educational community united by a shared faith and commitment to preparing leaders of influence and excellence.”

College Consensus also ranked ACU No. 10 Best Regional Colleges in the West, and No. 14 Best  Online Christian Colleges and Universities nationwide, ahead of many long-established and much larger Christian universities.

ACU is a private, non-profit, Christian university in Glendale, 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 four-year campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.

Learn more about ACU by requesting information, visiting campus, or applying today for our campus or online programs!

ACU is ranked among Best Online Christian Universities nationwide

ACU is ranked among Best Online Christian Universities nationwide

ACU students can begin their college career or complete their bachelor’s degree with fully accredited online degrees in Business Administration, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Family Studies, Behavioral Health or Biblical and Theological Studies.

Classes are eight-weeks with six convenient start dates per year. To view the complete list of degree programs and course offerings, click HERE.

For two straight years, ACU was named a top college by U.S. News & World Report, the most respected and comprehensive college ranking system in the nation.  College Consensus has ranked Arizona Christian University the #1 Top Ranked University in Arizona in both 2018 and 2019. College Consensus also ranked ACU No. 10 Best Regional Colleges in the West, and No. 14 Best Online Christian Colleges and Universities nationwide, ahead of many long-established and much larger Christian universities.

Learn more about ACU by requesting information, visiting campus, or applying today for our campus or online programs!

ACU is a private, non-profit, Christian university in Glendale, 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 four-year campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.

Learn more about ACU by requesting information, visiting campus, or applying today for our campus or online programs!

ACU Partnership with LECOM Creates Fast-Track to Med School

ACU Partnership with LECOM Creates Fast-Track to Med School

Arizona Christian University is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement as an affiliated university allowing highly qualified ACU students to achieve early acceptance into one of Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (LECOM) medical, dental, or pharmacy schools.

Starting immediately, incoming freshman or current ACU freshman and sophomores can apply with LECOM for early acceptance into medical school. If selected, the student is guaranteed admission to LECOM after graduation. Additionally, soon-to-be high school seniors can apply with LECOM and if accepted ensure their seat by attending ACU. In some cases, students with exceptional academic standing can begin their studies at LECOM before completing their bachelor’s degrees.

Advantages of this program for current and prospective ACU students include:

  • Students accepted by LECOM are not required to take the MCAT;
  • A reserved seat at your chosen LECOM school of study;
  • Lower tuition compared with other medical, dental and pharmacy schools;
  • A choice of three sites and distance education for pharmacy;
  • Enrollment at the largest medical school in the country;
  • No additional interview time or expenses;
  • An opportunity to get to know LECOM students, faculty and staff.

“I am very excited about our new partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine,” said Dr. Warren Pettitt, ACU Department Chair for Science and Mathematics. “This partnership opens up a new world of opportunities for our students to advance to medical, dental, or pharmacy school and become influential Christian leaders in the field of medicine.”

High school seniors and transfer students can apply to Arizona Christian University HERE for admission to the Fall 2017 semester.

High school seniors and current ACU freshmen and sophomores can apply to the LECOM program HERE.

 

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