Houston Baptist University

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School Overview

Houston Baptist University is a private, coeducational Baptist institution of higher learning that was founded in 1960. The school’s main campus is located near the Southwest Freeway in Greater Sharpstown in Houston, Texas.

There is a wide variety of undergraduate majors offered as well as pre-professional programs. These programs range from nursing to biblical languages. More than half the classes have less than 20 students and they are all faculty taught. Christian counseling, business, psychology, the liberal arts, and education are some of the graduate programs offered.

General Information

Admission Office
7502 Fondren Road
Houston, TX 77074-3298
(281) 649-3211
(800) 969-3210
Fax: (281) 649-3217

Contact: Ed Borges
Director of Admissions
Main Address
7502 Fondren Road
Houston, TX 77074-3298
(281) 649-3000
Total undergrads: 2,208
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 560
Degree-seeking undergrads: 2,177
Graduate enrollment: 356

Suburban setting
Very large city (over 500,000)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Online application fee: Free

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 49%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 71%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 9,868
Percent Admitted: 38%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 13%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 590 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 500 (25th Percentile)
  • 610 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 470 (25th Percentile)
  • 580 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 22 (25th Percentile)
  • 27 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 21 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 6 (25th Percentile)
  • 8 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $17,736 $19,390 $20,830 $23,180 +11.28%
Books and Supplies $1,305 $1,230 $1,230 $1,350 +9.76%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $4,605 $5,770 $6,975 $6,975 0.00%
Other $2,668 $2,734 $3,025 $3,160 +4.46%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,600 $6,765 $7,100 $7,100 0.00%
Other $3,511 $3,598 $4,045 $4,210 +4.08%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $26,314 $29,124 $32,060 $34,665 +8.13%
In-state Off Campus $29,152 $30,983 $33,205 $35,840 +7.94%
In-state with Family $19,041 $20,620 $22,060 $24,530 +11.20%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $10,500
In-state Student Fees $1,210
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,500
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,210

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 537 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 528 95% $5,958,981 $11,286
• Federal grants 197 35% $823,853 $4,182
• Pell grants 197 35% $715,177 $3,630
• Other federal grants 136 24% $108,676 $799
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 270 49% $954,272 $3,534
Institutional scholarships or grants 524 94% $4,180,856 $7,979
Student loan financial aid 294 53% $2,065,066 $7,024
• Federal student loans 290 52% $1,741,291 $6,004
• Other student loans 30 5% $323,775 $10,793

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 496 136 5
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 63
Biology/biological Sciences, General 50
Molecular Biology 13
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 148 49
Accounting 19 10
Business Administration and Management, General 8 1
Business/commerce, General 89 38
Business/managerial Economics 1
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General 16
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General
International Business/trade/commerce 4
Management Information Systems, General 5
Marketing/marketing Management, General 6
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 34
Mass Communication/media Studies 24
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 10
Education 43 44
Art Teacher Education 1
Bilingual and Multilingual Education 6 12
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 11
Curriculum and Instruction 9
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 8
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4
English/language Arts Teacher Education 1
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching 9
Mathematics Teacher Education 1
Music Teacher Education 4
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3
Reading Teacher Education 1
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 1
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 15
English Language and Literature/letters 24
English Language and Literature, General 16
Writing, General 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 4
French Language and Literature 3
Spanish Language and Literature 14
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 23 4 5
Athletic Training/trainer
Clinical Pastoral Counseling/patient Counseling 1
Health/health Care Administration/management 3
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 23 5
History 15
History, General 15
Human Services, General 3
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 4 10
General Studies 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 10
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 12
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 12
Physical Sciences 11
Chemistry, General 10
Physics, General 1
Psychology 42 26
Psychology, General 42 26
Social Sciences 24
Political Science and Government, General 18
Sociology 6
Theology and Religious Vocations 1 3
Pastoral Studies/counseling
Religious/sacred Music 1
Theology/theological Studies 3
Visual and Performing Arts 23
Fine/studio Arts, General 11
Music Performance, General 6
Music Theory and Composition 3
Music, General 3
Work and Family Studies 5
Child Development 5
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Finance/Banking B
Information Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B


Art Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
English Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Child Development B

Foreign Language & Literature

Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Biblical languages B
French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) A,B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Accounting/Computer Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Christian Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Policy Analysis B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Pastoral Counseling B
Religious/Sacred Music B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Houston Baptist University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (281) 649-3000
Website: https://www.hbu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: https://www.hbu.edu/apply
Address: 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074-3298
Setting: City: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,741
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 2,235 (60% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $33,450
Out-of-state Tuition: $33,450
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $22,366

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Houston Baptist University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Houston Baptist University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 355
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 1382
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 241
Health Professions and Related Programs 1551
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 11
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 21
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 113
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 233
Visual and Performing Arts 182
Grand total 1061323

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Houston Baptist University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $33,450
Out-of-state $33,450
Books and supplies $1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $12,850
Out-of-state $12,850

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 511 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 511 100% $22,366
Student loan aid 308 60% $6,274

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,119 91% $21,270
Federal student loans 1,242 54% $6,593

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Houston Baptist University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Houston Baptist University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 8,904 2,986 5,918
Percent admitted 100% 71% 71%
Percent admitted who enrolled 8% 9% 8%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Houston Baptist University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,741
Undergraduate enrollment 2,632
Graduate enrollment 1,109

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Houston Baptist University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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