Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1923-1924 Page: 19
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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
scholarship of 'faculty, and in scope of curriculum. As a
junior college it enjoyed the highest rating accorded colleges
of its class and its natural growth led inevitably into a full
college. The management is determined to maintain the same
This step was taken in 1920. The college at once was
given official recognition as a standard institution and has
enjoyed the highest rank since that time.
PURPOSE OF ABILENE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE.
The Christian men and women who make Abilene Christian
College possible have in mind the glory of God, through
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the ennobling of mankind. The
promulgation of truth and the building of Christian character
are primary. Sacrifices have been made and will be made
to maintain such secular courses as will give the greatest efficiency
for the several fields of human endeavor. To this end
by the grace of God and the kindness of consecrated men and
women, is offered the full work of an A-plus four-year college,
and in addition a special three-year course for Christian
workers and preachers of the gospel. The purpose is to develop
genuine Christian men and women, well equipped for
efficient service in any honorable field of human activity.
GENERA:R AL INFORMATION A IO
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Abilene Christian College. Catalog of Abilene Christian College, 1923-1924, book, June 1923; Abilene, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45929/m1/21/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Abilene Christian University Library.