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Houston Baptist University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition Info

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About Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a 4-year, private not-for-profit, Christian school located in Houston, TX, between the downtown and the southwestern suburbs. It was established in 1960 with a desire to provide students with both an academic and spiritual education. In 2007, U.S. News and Report ranked the school 11th in its 'best value' colleges and universities category.


Six schools, two colleges, and over 20 departments offer over 40 undergraduate majors and programs, including less common majors such as biblical languages and Christianity. Several pre-professional programs, such as pre-medicine and pre-optometry, are also offered. Some of the most popular undergraduate fields of study include biology, business, education, and health care. The school also offers nearly 15 master's degree programs in such areas as theological studies, international business and Christian counseling.

HBU strives for excellence by ensuring that faculty, rather than teaching assistants, teach 100% of classes. Among the full-time faculty, 85% have terminal degrees. Classes at Houston Baptist are relatively small; the average class size is 24 students.

The Learning Center and the Moody Library are just two of the resources Houston Baptist provides to maximize student success. The former focuses on providing tutoring, learning strategies, and advice - all at no cost to HBU students. The Moody Library has recently gone mobile. Students may visit the school library website to scan a QR Code or obtain a Web link to access numerous library resources from their mobile devices.


Prospective freshman can expect to fill out an application, as well as provide an official transcript and SAT and/or ACT scores. The application does not include an essay portion; however, students who don't meet the minimum entrance standards have the option to submit an essay and two recommendations. There is no online application fee, but students who choose to complete a paper application are charged a $25 application fee.

Once accepted to HBU, students are required to pay a one-time enrollment deposit of $100 before registering for classes. The deposit is applied to tuition and fees for the initial semester. Additionally, all incoming students are required to attend a summer orientation and submit proof of a meningitis vaccination.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For full-time students taking 12-18 semester hours, the tuition rate was $12,622.50 per semester for the 2012-2013 school year. Students exceeding 18 hours paid an additional $600 per semester hour. The flat rate for part-time tuition (less than 12 semester hours) was $1,000 per semester hour. Technology and general student fees totaled $775 per semester. These combined figures result in an estimated annual cost of $26,795 for tuition and fees.

Estimations of the total annual cost of attendance for the 2012-2013 school year were $37,863 for students living on-campus and $40,387 for students living off-campus. These totals included on- or off-campus housing costs of $6,290 and $7,675, respectively. Also included were $1,350 for books and supplies, $2,059 for miscellaneous expenses, and $1,369 in transportation costs for students living on-campus or $2,508 in transportation fees for those living off-campus.

HBU students have access to numerous sources of financial aid, such as federal grants, loans, and the college work-study program. The school also offers multiple scholarships for various categories of students, such as freshman merit awards and scholarships for homeschooled students. Other awards include the church matching scholarship and the ministerial dependents grant.

School Type 4-year, private not-for profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's *
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Large city *
Student Body 2,088 undergraduates and 344 graduate students in fall 2011*
Student Housing Available; all students under 21 are required to live on campus, unless they are married, live at home or qualify for an exception**
Schools and Programs Eight colleges and schools; over 40 undergraduate majors and almost 15 graduate degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 15 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Associate's: Registered Nursing (5)*
Bachelor's: Biology/Biological Sciences (45)*
Master's: Business/Commerce (34)*
Graduation Rate 24% in four years
46% in six years
49% in eight years (students who enrolled in fall 2003)*
Admission Rate 38% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 500 in fall 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 67% (full-time students)*
33% (part-time students)* (students who began in fall 2010 and returned in fall 2011)
Average SAT and ACT Scores of Admitted Students Middle 50% in fall 2011
SAT Composite: 1450-1780
ACT Composite: 22-27*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions; submit application at least 60 days prior to intended registration date**
Tuition $25,245 per year for full-time students (cost for 2012-2013, excluding fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011:
Grant or scholarship aid (94%)*
Pell grants (46%)*
federal student loans (55%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 97% of full-time beginning undergraduate students in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **Houston Baptist University, ***IPEDS National Center for Education Statistics,

School Contact Information

  • Address: Houston Baptist University, Office of Admissions, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074
  • Phone: (281) 649-3211
  • Website: www.hbu.edu

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