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  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    B+
7502 Fondren Rd
Houston, TX 77074
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FCS
Athletic Conference
Southland Conference
From Houston Baptist University

If all your degree does is get you job, you've missed an opportunity. We believe you have an important role to play in the world, so every aspect of our student experience is designed to prepare you to succeed not only in your career but in life. It's why we are committed to providing a higher education that combines cutting-edge scholarship with the wisdom provided by a Christian foundation.
At Houston Baptist University, you will join a diverse community of student who share your values and a core curriculum designed to help you think critically, creatively, and ethically; a'' of which are keys to success not matter your chosen field. Through learning communities, student organizations, and residence life you will foster meaningful and long lasting relationships. At HBU we love that our 2,300 undergraduate students get to experience small classes with faculty who know you personally and are committed to your success will help you thrive.

Houston Baptist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
70%
SAT Range
1030-1200
ACT Range
20-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
No

Cost

Net Price
$21,479/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$20,395/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
100%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
95%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.56 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
56%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses

Majors

Online

Online Programs Offered
4
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
4
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    71%
  • Online
    8%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,876Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
445
Undergrads Over 25
7%
Pell Grant
48%
Varsity Athletes
19%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 39 responses
  • Hard working, Smart, motivated, friendly
    64%
  • Hard working but love to have fun
    15%
  • Boring, conservative, goody goody, homeschooled
    8%
  • Conservative, talkative, memorizer, surface think
    5%
  • Same as the second bullet, but with sarcasm
    5%
  • Outgoing
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
45%
Poll
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.74 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.86 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 49 responses
  • Understanding
    27%
  • Find your fit
    18%
  • Amazing
    16%
  • Conservative
    14%
  • Well intergrated
    10%
  • All-encompassing
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $45,800/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    40%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    91%
    National
    83%
    89%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.45 responses

    Houston Baptist University Reviews

    832 reviews
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    Houston Baptist University has an incredible community and incredible professors that care about their students. They invest heavily in them and become life long mentors. The tutoring services and the library services are incredible! The best part of the university is its Honors Program, which replaces the basics with a classical approach. I have seen incredible improvement in critical thinking. I've seen it in myself and in all my classmates. They focus on several areas: science, art, literature, government, and theology. In areas like Latin, theology, and music, Houston Baptist University is world class. They also give generously when it comes to scholarships.

    The cons: The food on campus is not the best, but there are several restaurants within walking distance. The dorms are not the greatest and the service to help with plumbing is always pretty late.
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    With the current pandemic, all classes were moved online. My experience taking my residential classes online ran smoothly. The transition was made in the platform we use: Blackboard. Most of my professors understood the platform, which made it easier for the students to get access to assignment, quizzes, and exams. Many professors provided their best to their capabilities with creating lecture videos and explaining the chapters' material. However, there were some who did not provide any additional forms of teaching such as creating those videos; only PowerPoints were provided and students had to self-teach themselves. Video calls and emails were the main way of communication between students and professors. I believe the online learning experience is similar to the way remote classes were held during this pandemic. However, online learning professors are fully trained on how to handle every learning aspect online. I would consider taking an online class in the future.
    My experience at Houston Baptist University has been a great, yet financially expensive. I enjoy how the campus is considerably smaller than other 4-year institutions. Majority of the professors are caring for their students and always provide an extra boost of encouragement either spiritually or for personal growth. There is a diverse community at HBU, which I feel comfortable and accepted in. There is an average amount of student life activities on campus, however, it does need some work to encourage students to participate. The major downside of attending Houston Baptist University is the tuition cost. Although it is a private institution, the cost does not reach the expectations of what you will receive for the amount of money spent. The internet connection, parking's flooding areas, and classrooms' chairs and technological devices are very poor and unfixed. Overall, I have enjoyed my time at HBU and will continue to strive into achieving my Nursing Degree.