The state of Texas is rich with Baptist colleges. The following colleges weave Baptist beliefs into campus life and education. Students who attend these colleges can join a selection of the organizations or sports teams at the schools.
All of the following schools are Baptist colleges that combine faith and education. This table looks at the student population sizes and the tuition costs for the 2017-2018 school year.
|School Name||Institution Type||Student Population (2017)*||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)**|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||17,059||Waco, TX||$43,790|
|Dallas Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||5,067||Dallas, TX||$27,480|
|East Texas Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,450||Marshall, TX||$25,470|
|Hardin-Simmons University||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,990||Abilene, TX||$27,440|
|University of Mary Hardin-Baylor||4-year, private not-for-profit||3,914||Belton, TX||$27,600|
Sources: *School Websites; **National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Baptist Colleges in Texas
Many Texas Baptist universities require students to attend chapel and even earn faith-based credits completing activities or attending events. Allowing students to spend time with their faith is one way that the colleges integrate the Baptist beliefs through education.
The largest Baptist institute in Texas, Baylor University is home of the Bears and 17 sports teams, including tumbling, baseball, football, golf, and equestrian. Students get involved on campus and off through service and missions. Students can get involved with the Bear2 Bear mentoring club, project Bookworm literary mentor club, disaster relief, religious organizations, and the Good Neighbor Project to promote faith, love, and social justice. At Baylor, chapel services typically are held two days a week and are often required as part of a course sequence.
Dallas Baptist University (DBU)
In the 2015-2016 school year, 94% of students who applied for financial aid assistance received grants and scholarships at Dallas Baptist University. While the average class size is kept small, around 12, students do not have to worry that they will have few academic options. DBU offers 73 undergraduate, 31 master's, and 2 doctoral programs. Along with these, the school offers 63 accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs, so that students can earn both degrees in less time. Campus ministry is strong with worship, prayer services, and many events. OneNight is a monthly program that invites worship leaders and musicians on campus for a meet-and-greet. LivePure is an opportunity for students who are in a relationship to come together and learn how to live purely under God. If students want to be a part of the next generation, Encounter Ministries sends students to high schoolers on weekends to help guide them in faith.
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU)
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, East Texas Baptist University confers bachelor's and master's degrees. Along with degree programs in athletic training, child development, accounting, kinesiology, and speech communication, ETBU offers a highly ranked nursing program. In 2018, the ETBU registered nursing program was ranked eight out of 116 nursing programs in Texas by RegisteredNursing.org. Students are required to attend chapel services, typically held Monday and Wednesday. While chapel is a requirement for students, it does not replace regular service, and students are urged to participate in regular weekly worship.
Hardon-Simmons University (HSU)
Tied for #33 best regional university in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Hardon-Simmons offers 18 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Seven schools make up the university and offer a wide variety of areas of study on which to concentrate. HSU has a unique scholarship opportunity to all first-time, full-time students. As a Texas graduate, you can earn $12,000 per year toward your degree by being an HSU student and applying for the Texas scholarship. Unless you qualify for an even better scholarship, you'll get the help you need for your education costs. Students must earn 80 chapel credits in order to graduate. This means students are required to attend chapel services, or they may earn credits through Bible studies, activities, and alternative events.
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Along with weaving Christian morals into educational programs at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, there are several opportunities for students to get involved throughout the year. ONE brings all denominations together to show the unity of Christ and help students understand each other's faith. Every spring, a Revival is put together, where musicians and guest speakers come to refresh and restore students. For those who seek a bit of help, there is a prayer wall on the website, so that individuals can put up any prayer requests, regardless of whether a student. Students who want to enter the athletic side of education can join the CRU (Crusader Athletics) in any of the 14 sports teams available. Finally, students have a variety of programs to choose from, with majors in exercise physiology, environmental science, speech, pre-physical therapy, Christian studies, performance, and more.