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...
ACU Ranked One of Best Colleges in Arizona for 2017

ACU Ranked One of Best Colleges in Arizona for 2017

Arizona Christian University has received yet another ranking by an independent national organization as “One of the Best Colleges in Arizona for 2017”.  BestColleges.com wrote that ACU stands out in the state for providing a quality, affordable education, ranking in its report above both Northern Arizona University and Arizona State University-Downtown. ACU has now received four separate best college rankings of various types during the past two years – the first four in its 57-year history — including two best Christian college rankings and one best value ranking, along with being noted by Business Insider for being the most selective college of any kind in the state of Arizona, putting ACU on a list with numerous Ivy League schools. ACU is the only Christian university in Arizona ranked among the nation’s best Christian colleges and universities. ACU reached its highest enrollment ever again this spring, and is on track for record 2017 fall enrollment as well. Remaining faithful to its Bible college heritage, ACU is the only accredited Christian university in Arizona that provides all students with 18 hours of Bible instruction, two chapels each week and spiritual formation accountability, all while embracing a Christian faith commitment for all staff, faculty, students and Trustees. ACU’s national and international visibility is reflected in a community that features students from 31 states and 14 foreign countries. High school seniors can apply to Arizona Christian University HERE for admission to the Fall 2017 incoming class. Working adults who seek to complete their bachelor’s degree through our accelerated Degree Completion Program, can apply HERE. Classes begin at all three locations March 28, 2017! (ACU Main...
Top Students Visit ACU for Honors Weekend

Top Students Visit ACU for Honors Weekend

Arizona Christian University, Arizona’s most selective college and its only top-ranked Christian university, hosted dozens of top students at its annual Honors Weekend event Feb. 17-18. High school students from several states and throughout Arizona participated in a weekend designed to introduce the students to ACU’s top tier academic programs and provide them with the opportunity to interview for top scholarships. “It is always exciting to visit with the many high-caliber academic leaders who are planning to attend ACU,” said Len Munsil, ACU President. “These students can go anywhere, but they want to be part of a community of serious Christians who will be educated, equipped and mentored through ACU’s unique, personalized and purposeful education.” Friday evening the students and their families attended a formal welcome dessert reception on the third floor of the residence hall, where they heard from many speakers including President Len Munsil, Provost and Chief Operating Officer Dr. Steve Adamson, Vice President of Enrollment Pete Hamstra and Dean of Students Jared Black. Two past ACU Honors Weekend participants, students Emily DeVore and Ali Miller, shared their experiences. During the reception, each student in attendance formally received a scholarship from the institution. The visiting students were then invited to enjoy a social bonfire before staying the night on campus with past Honors Weekend recipients and current ACU students. Saturday morning, students enjoyed breakfast in the Fire Pit before their individual interview times, each with a panel of judges. The students were interviewed based on their leadership experience, their desire to attend ACU and their spiritual commitment in order to determine the amount of scholarship awarded. Six...
Fall 2016 Commencement

Fall 2016 Commencement

Arizona Christian University celebrated 27 students on Saturday, December 10 as the graduates walked across the stage at the institution’s Fall Commencement Ceremony at the Phoenix, AZ main campus. Bachelor’s degrees were awarded in Behavioral Health, Family Studies, Psychology, Christian Ministries, Biology, Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Music. More than 500 people were in attendance. The program of the ceremony involved many Class of 2016 graduates, including ACU veterans leading the Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation by Ryan Lashua, a reading from Scripture by Kathleen Slagle, and Benediction by Makenzie McKown. Class of 2017 music student, Kaylee Franks, lead both the processional and recessional on piano, and music faculty member Martha Irvine sang The Star Spangled Banner. ACU’s retiring Provost, Dr. Gary Damore, shared wisdom and encouragement with the graduating class before presenting the candidates to their proud friends and family members. After awarding the students their diplomas, ACU President Len Munsil delivered the “charge” to the graduates following a prayer of dedication by Campus Pastor, Tim Reed. The ceremony was followed by a dessert reception in the newly renovated Student Activity Center lobby, featuring live music by ACU’s Advance Band. If you weren’t able to join us, please watch ACU’s Fall 2016 Commencement Ceremony below.  ...
Teaching Millennials #connections

Teaching Millennials #connections

by Linnea Lyding, ACU Education Department Chair Millennials, it turns out, are on track to becoming “the most educated generation in American history” (Pew Research Center, 2010, p. 2).  As the ACU Education Department Chair, I decided it was time to learn as much as I could about this unique and passionate group of students that fill our university classrooms. Using a quick, informal survey of friends and family, I came up with six key words that relate to the activities of a Millennial.  The words are: selfies, snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, emojis, and hashtags.  At first glance, these words can give the impression of self-absorption.  However, I work with Millennials, and because of this, I see something deeper.  I see connections.  By staying connected in real time, they are able to share whom they are with, what they are doing, and how they are feeling with the world around them. Always curious and ready to act, Millennials enjoy reaching out with hashtags to find people to connect with on similar topics of interest. Millennials are often referred to as the “connected” generation, implying that they are constantly connected to technology.  I agree that they are “connected;” however, I would say their connections are much more personal than technological. According to the Pew Research Center (2010), Millennials “get along well with others, especially their elders” (p. 8).  Millennials are not only connected to their peers, but they also connect with and care about non-profit causes.  This is evidenced by the fact that “84% of Millennial employees made a charitable donation in 2014” (Achieve, 2015, p. 9), and they volunteered as...
What’s missing in American politics? Our Founders would say virtue and religion

What’s missing in American politics? Our Founders would say virtue and religion

I’m in the classroom every day with college students, most of whom will be voting for president for the first time in less than a week. As a political science professor, I am curious to hear what the next generation is thinking about the current state of American politics. What I hear consistently is what they don’t like about politics. They point first to the most obvious—the lack of character and integrity in the candidates and more generally in elected officials. They harbor an abiding distrust of politicians, who they see as fundamentally dishonest, willing to say anything to get elected. Like many Americans, they believe politicians are inherently self-interested, more concerned about their own power than the common good or the needs of the average voter. They are disgusted with the corruption they see in American politics. They want authenticity in their candidates. But more troubling, they are deeply suspicious of American institutions. They don’t trust the government at any level. They generally believe the economic system is “rigged” against them. And they are particularly disillusioned with the news media. As they prepare to vote, they are desperate to know where they can go for accurate information to inform their decision. They instinctively recoil at the “spin” of the news media, and distrust any political news, no matter the source. These concerns expressed by the next generation are spot on, mirroring those of the American electorate at large. Polls show that trust in government and other institutions is at an historic low. An extensive Pew Research Center poll from 1958 to 2015 shows trust in government in a free...
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