Houston Baptist University: Narrative Description

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7502 Fondren Rd.
Houston, TX 77074-3298
Tel: (281)649-3000
Free: 800-696-3210
Fax: (281)649-3209
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.hbu.edu/


Independent Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Founded 1960. Setting: 100-acre urban campus. Endowment: $77.7 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $5330 per student. Total enrollment: 2,227. Faculty: 181 (104 full-time, 77 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 14:1. 835 applied, 63% were admitted. 20% from top 10% of their high school class, 48% from top quarter, 79% from top half. Full-time: 1,583 students, 67% women, 33% men. Part-time: 235 students, 73% women, 27% men. Students come from 22 states and territories, 30 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 14% Hispanic, 19% black, 13% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 18% 25 or older, 30% live on campus, 12% transferred in. Retention: 74% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; biological/life sciences; education. Core. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: early admission, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,481 includes full-time tuition ($11,850), mandatory fees ($1065), and college room and board ($4566). Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and student level. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $395 per semester hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and student level.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 47 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 11% of eligible men and 1% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Epsilon Delta, Alpha Phi Omega, Association of Student Educators, Alpha Kappa Psi, Phi Mu. Major annual events: homecoming, Spring Fling. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service. 698 college housing spaces available; 539 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Moody Library with 209,366 books, 105,280 microform titles, 21,000 serials, 9,255 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1.1 million. 95 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

See University of Houston.

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