Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920 Page: 14 of 84
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ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE
Abilene Christian College opened its doors for the first time in
September, 1906. Its opening was rather unpretentious; but its purposes
and ideals were not mean. Under the presidency of A. B.
Barrett, about twenty-five students were enrolled during this session.
From this time its growth was slow but constant, impeded somewhat
by abnormal economic conditions and other unavoidable misfortunes.
The present president accepted his office in the summer
of 1912 and as a result of a determined campaign the enrollment was
more than quadrupled during the following session. Since then the
institution has constantly and rapidly advanced in material equipment,
in enrollment, in size and scholarshp of faculty, and in scope
of curriculum. As a junior college it has enjoyed the highest rating
accorded colleges of its class and as its natural growth has led inevitably
to the step which it now takes in enlarging itself into a full
college, the management feels that the only wise thing to do is to
take this step.
OUR LOCATION IS IDEAL
Abilene, the county seat of Taylor county and a wideawake, rapidly
growing city of more than fifteen thousand people, is situated near
the geographical center of Texas (see the cut below) and in the heart
LOOK WHERE THE LINES CROSS
of a fine agricultural, stock raising and industrial belt. It is the
largest and most important trade center not only in Taylor County
but in that large section of the State known and in a general way
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1919-1920, book, July 1919; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45903/m1/14/: accessed July 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.