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...
ACU Students Top GSAC in Operation Christmas Child Competition

ACU Students Top GSAC in Operation Christmas Child Competition

ACU student-athletes took up a challenge from their athletic conference and packed and donated the most Operation Christmas Child boxes of any university in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people around the world, started the Operation Christmas Child initiative in 1993. By inviting churches, schools, businesses and individuals to participate, they have collected and delivered more than 115 million shoeboxes to children in need. The boxes are filled with age-specific special gifts, school supplies and hygiene items and sent to more than 100 countries, where pastors and community leaders share the Gospel. Arizona Christian University students have participated in the past, but this year chose to take on a few extra challenges. The student body held a competition between graduating classes, with seniors beating the other three classes and freshman coming in a close second. A few ACU staff members and alumni participated as well, and together with the student participation contributed more than 300 boxes to Operation Christmas Child. The athletic department took on the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) competition between all nine member schools in the conference. Student-athletes from nine ACU teams came together to win the challenge by providing 180 boxes, almost double the amount of the next-closest competitor and making up 30 percent of the GSAC total of 598 boxes. The Firestorm athletic teams also competed against each other and the baseball team’s winning contribution alone would have won the GSAC competition for ACU. “I’m really proud of our student body for getting involved, especially because at the end of the semester...
Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Rutter Nears 100 Wins, Grows NAIA Athletic and Academic Powerhouse

Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Jeff Rutter Nears 100 Wins, Grows NAIA Athletic and Academic Powerhouse

In the peaceful suburbs of north Phoenix, a southern California transplant has quietly been building a national powerhouse college basketball program at the NAIA level at Arizona Christian University. Jeff Rutter, a long-time assistant coach at Azusa Pacific and star player for Concordia University in Irvine, CA, made the move to Phoenix less than 5 years ago with his wife Kristen and never looked back. Taking over a new NAIA program in the desert at former Southwestern College, he has kept ACU in the top 25 in the nation for five consecutive years while also serving as athletic director for a growing University. “To be honest, I had no idea how good Jeff Rutter was going to be,” said Len Munsil, who after becoming President of then-Southwestern College in the fall of 2010 immediately set about building an elite Christian liberal arts university, for which athletics would be an important element. “I knew I liked him, I knew he understood and believed in the vision of what ACU could be, but I had no idea how good he would be at recruiting and coaching basketball, let alone how well he would build our athletic program. He has been a key part of ACU’s resurgence and growth.” This week Rutter is likely to surpass 100 career coaching wins, less than midway through his fifth season. Arizona has seven 4-year college basketball programs, and Rutter’s winning percentage of .726 (98-37) ranks him just a shade behind the University of Arizona’s Sean Miller (.743) and well ahead of Arizona’s five other college basketball coaches. [See chart below.] Arizona Christian University plays at...
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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