Abilene Christian University is a private, 4-year school in Abilene, TX. Located in central Texas, about 200 miles west of Dallas, the 200 acre campus features buildings in a Modern Spanish Mission revival style of architecture. The buildings are compressed which allows for expanded open spaces and playing fields around the perimeter of the campus. The school was founded in 1906 as Childers Classical Institute by the Churches of Christ in Abilene; in 1920 the school became known as Abilene Christian College. The college attained University status in 1976. Among notable alumni are former boxer/actor Randall “Tex” Cobb and author Max Lucado.