Hardin-Simmons University

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Baptist University Hardin-Simons University is a private, coeducation university located in Abilene, Texas. Hardin-Simons University, also known as HSU, is fully accredited and offers six undergraduate degrees and 70 majors. HSU offers seven graduate degrees, with 18 graduate programs. Dentistry, engineering, medicine, law, pharmacology, physical therapy and seminary are some of the pre-professional programs offered at the university. At the doctorate level programs include, but are not limited to, physical therapy, education, science and ministry.

The average annual enrollment at Hardin-Simmons is 2500 students. The student to teacher ratio is 14 to 1. Students come from various Christian denominations and diverse backgrounds.

General Information

Admission Office
PO Box 16050
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1206
(877) 464-7889
Fax: (325) 671-2115

Contact: Vicki House
Director of Admissions and Recru
Main Address
PO Box 16050
Abilene, TX 79698-0001
(325) 670-1000
Total undergrads: 1,934
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 471
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,914
Graduate enrollment: 364

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $50

Online application fee: $50
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 35%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 66%

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

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 1,755
Percent Admitted: 57%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 40%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 450 (25th Percentile)
  • 570 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 480 (25th Percentile)
  • 580 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 440 (25th Percentile)
  • 550 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 19 (25th Percentile)
  • 25 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 20 (25th Percentile)
  • 26 (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 $16,946 $18,380 $19,790 $20,990 +6.06%
Books and Supplies $750 $800 $800 $800 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $4,950 $5,180 $5,788 $6,282 +8.53%
Other $2,538 $2,582 $2,574 $2,574 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 $25,184 $26,942 $28,952 $30,646 +5.85%
In-state Off Campus $17,696 $19,180 $20,590 $21,790 +5.83%
In-state with Family $17,696 $19,180 $20,590 $21,790 +5.83%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $12,150
In-state Student Fees $1,040
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $12,150
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,040

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 459 97%
Grant or scholarship aid 445 94% $3,792,360 $8,522
• Federal grants 196 42% $427,864 $2,183
• Pell grants 104 22% $332,123 $3,193
• Other federal grants 92 20% $95,741 $1,041
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 217 46% $711,094 $3,277
Institutional scholarships or grants 412 87% $2,653,402 $6,440
Student loan financial aid 389 83% $2,560,721 $6,583
• Federal student loans 339 72% $2,091,147 $6,169
• Other student loans 50 11% $469,574 $9,391

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 373 140 37 1
Agriculture, General
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Animal Sciences, General
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 29
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1
Biology/biological Sciences, General 28
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 71 50
Accounting 11
Business Administration and Management, General 50
Business/commerce, General
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies
Finance, General 22
Management Information Systems, General
Management Science 22
Marketing/marketing Management, General 16
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 24
Broadcast Journalism
Mass Communication/media Studies 1
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other 23
Radio and Television
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Computer Programming/programmer, General 2
Education 55 35
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education 1
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 23
Drama and Dance Teacher Education 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 23
Education, General
Education/teaching Of The Gifted and Talented 9
English/language Arts Teacher Education 7
History Teacher Education 2
Mathematics Teacher Education 6
Music Teacher Education 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4
Reading Teacher Education 3
Science Teacher Education/general Science Teacher Education 3
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Spanish Language Teacher Education 1
Speech Teacher Education
English Language and Literature/letters 15
English Language and Literature, General 9
Rhetoric and Composition 6
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
Spanish Language and Literature 6
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 31 11 37 1
Athletic Training/trainer 4
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 8
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 6 1
Physical Therapy/therapist 37
Pre-dentistry Studies
Pre-medicine/pre-medical Studies
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 19 5
History 10
History, General 10
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 12
Criminal Justice/police Science 2
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 10
Human Services, General 10
Social Work 10
Legal Studies, General
Pre-law Studies
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mathematics, General 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 36 6
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 28
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 8
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 6
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General
Geology/earth Science, General
Physics, General
Psychology 19 10
Family Psychology 10
Psychology, General 19
Social Sciences 16
Economics, General 8
Political Science and Government, General 4
Sociology 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 23 23
Bible/biblical Studies 3
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 3
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other 8
Pastoral Studies/counseling 13
Religious/sacred Music 2 2
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 8
Theology and Religious Vocations, Other
Theology/theological Studies 6
Youth Ministry 1
Visual and Performing Arts 13 4
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 2
Fine/studio Arts, General 1
Graphic Design 1
Keyboard Instruments 2
Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Management
Music Performance, General 3
Music Theory and Composition 1 1
Music, General 5
Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera 1
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Management/Merchandising B
Music Theory/Composition B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Chem/Phys/Molecular Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
Management Information Systems B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Broadcast Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Programming – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
English Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Reading Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

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

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Missionary Studies B
Pre-Ministerial Studies B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B
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

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