Howard Payne University: Narrative Description

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1000 Fisk St.
Brownwood, TX 76801-2715
Tel: (325)646-2502; 800-880-4478; Admissions: (325)649-8027; Fax: (325)649-8905; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Baptist General Convention of Texas. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1889. Setting: 30-acre small town campus. Endowment: $33.7 million. Total enrollment: 1,385. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 904 applied, 79% were admitted. 17% from top 10% of their high school class, 36% from top quarter, 67% from top half. 3 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,081 students, 51% women, 49% men. Part-time: 304 students, 45% women, 55% men. Students come from 16 states and territories, 8 other countries, 2% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 15% Hispanic, 8% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 24% 25 or older, 48% live on campus, 5% transferred in. Retention: 58% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; business/marketing; liberal arts/general studies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements: Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, early admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 3.0 high school GPA, SAT I or ACT. Required for some: recommendations, interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 8/1.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $15,176 includes full-time tuition ($10,300), mandatory fees ($850), and college room and board ($4026). College room only: $1660. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, gender, and housing facility. part-time tuition: $300 per credit hour. Part-time tuition varies according to course load. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 38 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 20% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Baptist Student Ministry, Zeta Zeta Zeta, Delta Chi Ro, Student Foundation, Iota Chi Alpha. Major annual events: Parents' Weekend, Homecoming, Stinger Daze. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices, controlled dormitory access, 12-hour patrols by trained security personnel. 748 college housing spaces available; 725 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Walker Memorial Library with 78,825 books, 279,911 microform titles, 1,017 serials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2002-03: $270,333. 220 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: Population 20,000. Brownwood is located 26 miles from the geographic center of the state, which designates the community "deep in the heart of Texas." The annual average temperature is 66.7 degrees, with an average annual rainfall of 27.4 inches. Railroad, airlines, and bus lines serve the area. The community has many churches of various faiths, a public library, two hospitals, and various civic, fraternal and veteran's organizations. Recreation includes Lake Brownwood with fishing, hunting, boating, water skiing, bathing, and picnicking; many city parks, golf course, municipal swimming pool, tennis courts, and five ball parks.

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