First Year - Arizona Christian University

first year

Welcome to


We are excited to invite you into the ACU family! This journey into your college career is one that will be full of memories and a time you will never forget. Your first year is a time to ask questions, get involved, explore all ACU has to offer and get the most out of your college experience.

A New Home

Our New Student Orientation and Welcome Week programs are both designed to help you feel comfortable, build community, and begin to make ACU your new home. During New Student Orientation you will meet many of your new classmates, explore opportunities to get involved on campus, and discover the many resources available to you as an ACU student. There is a lot to learn and we will be with you every step of the way!

Excel in your classes

The difference between high school and college coursework can be significant. To get the most out of your college experience here are some tips to excelling in your college classes:

Meet regularly with your advisor

Take advantage of our free on-campus tutoring center

Plan up to 30 hours a week for coursework and studying

Meet with your professors during office hours

During your first year experience, we want you to feel

  • Confident in your studies and your ability to be successful in college
  • Connected to your peers, professors, coaches and ACU staff
  • Curious about the world and how ACU can help you learn and discover
  • Comfortable in your new home and with your ACU family

Gain valuable experience outside of the classroom

ACU offers many opportunities for you to gain valuable experience both in and outside of the classroom. From studying abroad to completing an internship you can strengthen your resume and become a competitive applicant for grad school or employment before you even graduate: