Yes, endowment reports are a little old, but who would think that the country's No. 4 university in investment returns on an endowment fund (behind three Ivy League schools)--and with the largest endowment in Texas ($250 million)--would be not Rice or Texas A&M but Abilene Christian University, student body population just 4,800? That's the story, according to the ACU Optimist, the school's paper and another hidden gem.
What is ACU's deal? Some fun facts:
- The school's official color approximates Dimetapp purple, to this columnist's chagrin.
- Danieal Manning of the Chicago Bears was a defensive back at ACU, where he had "one of the great careers in the history of ACU football".
- The school is about to turn 101 .
- Abilene, Texas, is known as the West's "Friendly Frontier," according to the city's website.