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Houston Baptist University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Houston, Texas. The city atmosphere of Houston makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

$28,770 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
72% Acceptance Rate

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Houston Baptist University Rankings

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at HBU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Most Popular Multilingual Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best Value Educational Assessment Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#11 Most Popular Educational Assessment Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Houston Baptist University?


Contact details for HBU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 7502 Fondren Rd, Houston, TX 77074-3298
Phone: 281-649-3000

How Do I Get Into HBU?

You can apply to HBU online at:

Admission Requirements for HBU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program considered but not required
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores considered but not required
TOEFL considered but not required

How Hard Is It To Get Into HBU?

72% Acceptance Rate
67% Of Accepted Are Women
82% Submit SAT Scores
HBU has an acceptance rate of 72%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 33% of accepted students are men and 67% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 71%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 82% of students accepted to HBU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 500 and 600. Math scores were between 500 and 580.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Houston Baptist University  ( 500 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Houston Baptist University  ( 500 to 580 )
HBU received ACT scores from 28% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 18 and 25. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 25.

ACT English Scores for Houston Baptist University  ( 18 to 25 )
ACT Math Scores for Houston Baptist University  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for Houston Baptist University  ( 20 to 25 )

Can I Afford Houston Baptist University?

$28,770 Net Price
61% Take Out Loans
7.9% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of HBU is $28,770. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At HBU, approximately 61% of students took out student loans averaging $6,456 a year. That adds up to $25,824 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at HBU is 7.9%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Houston Baptist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,146 Full-Time Undergraduates
66% Women
72% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,733 undergraduate students at HBU, with 2,146 being full-time and 587 being part-time.


There are also 1,230 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,146 full-time undergraduates at HBU, 34% are male and 66% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Houston Baptist University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 216
Black or African American 392
Hispanic or Latino 825
White 440
International Students 114
Other Races/Ethnicities 159

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Houston Baptist University. At this time, 11 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 51 countries are represented at HBU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Nigeria, China, and India.

Online Learning at Houston Baptist University

1,032 Took All Classes Online
1,768 Took At Least One Class Online
59.6% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 7 bachelor’s degree and 8 master’s degree programs available online at HBU. In 2019-2020, 1,768 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at HBU has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 18th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of HBU

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Houston Baptist University was $29,800 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how HBU is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas #55 #55

Online Growth Rankings of HBU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Houston Baptist University was 59.6%. This is the #411 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at HBU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at HBU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at HBU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Superintendency & Educational System Administration #1
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration #16
General Educational Leadership & Administration #68
Instructional Media Design #82
Educational/Instructional Technology #82
Educational Administration #94

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Houston Baptist University Teaching Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Curriculum & Instruction 0
Administration of Special Education 0
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 0
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 0
Educational Assessment, Testing, & Measurement 0
Educational/Instructional Technology 0
Bilingual & Multilingual Education 0
General Special Education 0
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0
Art Education 0
Biology Education 0
English & Language Arts Education 0
History Education 0
Mathematics Education 0
Music Education 0
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0
Reading Teacher Education 0
Science Education 0
Social Studies Education 0
Spanish Education 0
Other Teacher Education & Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas 0
Elementary Education 0


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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