Howard Payne University

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School Overview

Howard Payne University (HPU) is a four-year private, coeducational university located in Brownwood, Texas.

Howard Payne is known for the Douglas MacArthur Academy of freedom, its music program, and for its Christian studies program. The university is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and currently enrolls about 1400 full-time students a year.

The university offers more than 50 majors, minors and pre-professional programs. Howard Payne University has six academic schools representing the following disciplines: business, Christian studies, education, music and fine arts, humanities, and science.

NCAA division three football, women’s volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s softball, men’s and women’s soccer, track and tennis are some of the athletic programs offered at Howard Payne University. “Buzzsaw”, the HPU mascot is a yellow jacket.

General Information

Admission Office
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 649-8020
(800) 880-4478
Fax: (325) 649-8901

Contact: Trudy Mohre
Director of Admission
Main Address
1000 Fisk Street
Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
(325) 646-2502
Total undergrads: 1,371
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 308
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,173
Graduate enrollment: 17

Rural setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 50%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 57%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Recommended
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: 971
Percent Admitted: 69%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 42%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 430 (25th Percentile)
  • 540 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 560 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 24 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 16 (25th Percentile)
  • 24 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 18 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (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 $16,030 $17,400 $18,650 $19,950 +6.97%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $4,722 $4,940 $5,208 $5,694 +9.33%
Other $2,380 $2,400 $2,450 $2,450 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $24,132 $25,940 $27,508 $29,294 +6.49%
In-state Off Campus $17,030 $18,600 $19,850 $21,150 +6.55%
In-state with Family $17,030 $18,600 $19,850 $21,150 +6.55%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,100
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $8,100
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 302 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 302 99% $2,939,413 $9,733
• Federal grants 99 33% $449,264 $4,538
• Pell grants 99 33% $327,267 $3,306
• Other federal grants 96 32% $121,997 $1,271
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 178 59% $627,527 $3,525
Institutional scholarships or grants 291 96% $1,862,622 $6,401
Student loan financial aid 220 72% $1,499,190 $6,815
• Federal student loans 218 72% $1,253,048 $5,748
• Other student loans 30 10% $246,142 $8,205

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 253 3 1 42
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 14
Biology/biological Sciences, General 14
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 39 1
Accounting 3
Business Administration and Management, General 26
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other
Business/commerce, General
Finance, General 5
International Business/trade/commerce 1
Marketing/marketing Management, General 5
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 15
Digital Communication and Media/multimedia 3
Mass Communication/media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 3
Radio, Television, and Digital Communication, Other 1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 5
Computer and Information Sciences, General 5
Computer Science
Education 38
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education 1
Business Teacher Education 1
Computer Teacher Education 1
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Elementary Education and Teaching 19
English/language Arts Teacher Education 2
History Teacher Education
Junior High/intermediate/middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education 4
Music Teacher Education 5
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 2
English Language and Literature/letters 10
English Language and Literature, General 10
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Ancient/classical Greek Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General
Athletic Training/trainer
Health/health Care Administration/management
History 2
American History (united States)
European History
History, General 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/safety Studies
Human Services, General 7
Social Work 7
Legal Studies, General 4
Pre-law Studies 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 3
General Studies 3
Humanities/humanistic Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 14
Cultural Studies/critical Theory and Analysis 13
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 14
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Psychology 8
Psychology, General 8
Social Sciences 34
Anthropology, Other
Criminology 19
Political Science and Government, General 13
Social Sciences, General 2
Theology and Religious Vocations 21 3 1 41
Bible/biblical Studies 8
Lay Ministry 1 33
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology
Religious Education 3
Religious/sacred Music 1
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 8
Theology/theological Studies 5
Youth Ministry 4 3
Visual and Performing Arts 18
Art/art Studies, General
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 3
Fine/studio Arts, General 5
Keyboard Instruments 3
Music Performance, General 2
Voice and Opera 5
Work and Family Studies 1
Human Development and Family Studies, General 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B

Communications Technologies

Graphic Communications B
Radio/Television Broadcasting B

Computer & Information Sciences

Information Sciences/Systems B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Health Services – General A
Premedicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Intercultural/Multicultural/Diversity Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Religious Education B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology A,B,C
Youth Ministry 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.

Howard Payne University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (325) 646-2502
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 1000 Fisk St., Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
Setting: Town: Remote
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,035
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 41%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 568 (55% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $29,198
Out-of-state Tuition: $29,198
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $16,925

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

Howard Payne University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Howard Payne University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 91
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 181
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Health Professions and Related Programs 22
History 3
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 2
Legal Professions and Studies 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 4
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Philosophy and Religious Studies 2
Physical Sciences 2
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 2
Social Sciences 71
Theology and Religious Vocations 272
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 4886

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Howard Payne 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 $29,198
Out-of-state $29,198
Books and supplies $1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $9,738
Out-of-state $9,738

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 243 98%
Grant or scholarship aid 206 83% $16,925
Student loan aid 161 65% $9,000

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 733 76% $18,039
Federal student loans 573 60% $6,581

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Howard Payne 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 Howard Payne University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,896 923 973
Percent admitted 100% 57% 51%
Percent admitted who enrolled 13% 16% 11%

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

Howard Payne University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,035
Undergraduate enrollment 969
Graduate enrollment 66

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

Howard Payne University Accreditation

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

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*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. 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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