Hardin-Simmons University campus

Overview

Applicants
1,456
Acceptance Rate
57%
Average HS GPA
3.59

GPA Breakdown

48%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
9%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
450 - 565
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
460 - 570
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
430 - 550
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
20 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
201
with Terminal Degree
159

116
Men
85
Women
11
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other
  • Finance, General
  • Management Information Systems, General
  • Management Science, General
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, General

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Education, General
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education, Multiple Levels

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Pre-Nursing Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Christian Studies
  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Human Services, General
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Graphic Design
  • Music Management
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Piano and Organ
  • Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
  • Voice and Opera


Students Say

Baptist-affiliated Hardin-Simmons University in Texas excels at "instilling Christian educational values" in its career-oriented undergrads. The theology and ministry programs are "renowned" (and everybody takes a couple Bible-related courses). The nursing program is "strong and well known." Education, music, physical therapy, and the hard sciences are reportedly excellent as well. Hardin-Simmons also boasts a tuition guarantee program. If you stay enrolled full-time and don't flunk out, your tuition won't go up as long as you are an undergrad here. "Classes are small" and "challenging" at HSU, and "you will never be taught by a teaching assistant or graduate student." Professors are "exceptionally knowledgeable in their fields." A few "just can't teach," but most are "interesting" and "insightful." "They are very supportive and show passion for what they teach." "Personal attention" from faculty members is also ample. "I am not another number in a classroom," beams a nursing major. "I am a person to them."

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

Prominent Alumni


Phil Wilson
GM & CEO Lower Colorado River Authority; former TX Secretary of State

Stedman Graham
CEO, S. Graham & Associates

Dr. David Scotty Holland (deceased)
Former President & CEO of Pennzoil Exploration & Production

Joe Black
Past President & Commissioner of PGA

Marijohn Wilkin (deceased)
Songwriter/Music publisher

Dr. Victor Carrillo
President & Chief Operating Officer, Zion Oil & Gas, former Chair TX RRC

Major General Jose Mayorga
Current Deputy Asst Sec. of Defense, Homeland Defense Strategy & Force Plan

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
36%
Graduate in 5 years
51%
Graduate in 6 years
53%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Feb 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,117

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$5,708

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,055

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,380

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
74%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,902

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$24,500
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,070
Transportation for Commuters
$1,200

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,640
Out of State
4%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

1.25%
Asian
7.55%
African-American
14.78%
Hispanic
71.99%
Caucasian
2.31%
International

52% female
48% male
4% are out of state
90% are full time
10% are part time

Students Say

There are all sorts of personalities at Hardin-Simmons but, as a rule, students are "plugged into at least one activity" or organization on campus. They "want to do well in classes" and "seem to have all of their priorities in line." They're also "polite," "hardworking," "athletic," "conservative," "really friendly," "and usually from Texas." Many are "from suburbs" near Dallas. Many others come from the phalanx of small towns that dot the Lone Star State. Ethnic diversity here, which includes a noticeable contingent of international students, isn't the best but it's certainly not the worst, either. The typical HSU student "has been raised in the church" or, at least, comes "from a Christian background." Without question, you'll find "some Bible thumpers" on campus who "love Jesus." However, some students "aren't actively religious," and many others fall somewhere in between.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
48%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
86%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other

Students Say

Hardin-Simmons radiates a Christian vibe. The campus is abuzz with wholesome activity. "You could be busy every moment if you chose." Intramural sports, "campus-wide games like scavenger hunts," service organizations, and social clubs (HSU's version of a Greek system) are popular. "Big lawns are available for spontaneous recreational activities." "You can go to sporting events, see plays, or just chill and watch movies." If there's one thing on campus that needs improving, it's the cafeteria food. Devotees of the surrounding "West Texas town" of Abilene tell us that it's a "safe" place with "an excellent mall and plenty of parks." Critics of Abilene point out that Wal-Mart and IHOP "are the only places open after 10:00 P.M." Dorm policies are "strict." Its religious policies mean that "someone who is entirely liberal" would not feel at all comfortable here." While students must "get 80 chapel credits by graduation," there's a number of ways to obtain those credits beyond simply attending a church service. Similarly, while "Hardin-Simmons really is not that much of a party school," there are plenty of "fun people who enjoy a party or two" "on the weekends." "Let's be honest," concedes a theology major, "it's college."

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Diagnosis and date Date of last contact Test results Prognosis Recommendations for accommodation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Diagnosis and date Date of last contact Test results Prognosis Recommendations for accommodation

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
No

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies
15

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
1

3% join a fraternity
5% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

35% participate in intramural sports
30% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Cowboys)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Cowgirls)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: The overall purpose of the UNITY group is to unify the attitudes of the student body in regards to race, culture, and ethnicity. Also to recognize the dignity and worth of each individual. Also a women's social club, Sigma Chi Delta, is committed to building relationships and understanding by promoting diversity and cultural awareness at HSU and throughout the city of Abilene.

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
16

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
97%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Brynn Reynolds
Campus Guest Coordinator

Address
PO Box 16050
Abilene, TX 79698

Phone
325-670-5890

Email
breynolds@hsutx.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Moody Center (Student Center)
The Basement
Fitness Center
Intramural Fields
The POD
Residence Hall Lobbies;The Pond/Gazebo;Connally Mission Center; Skiles Social Science Building

Most Popular Places Off Campus
PrimeTime
Mall of Abilene
Century 12 Movie Theatre
Starbuck's
The Paramount Theatre/Downtown
The Grace Mueseum; Frontier Texas!; Abilene Civic Center; Abilene State Park; Abilene Zoo; Taylor County Expo Center; Putt Putt; Buffalo Gap Historic Village

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
M-F
8-5
325-670-5890

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
breynolds@hsutx.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
American Eagle into and out of the Abilene Regional Airport; Greyhound Bus Lines

Driving Instructions to Campus
To locate the campus from east or west on I-20, take the Pine Street exit, Exit 286A, and go South. Pine Street will split, but stay to your right until you see the HSU campus. Turn right on Lineberry Blvd, then left on Cedar St, and the Dyess Welcome Center will be on your right.

Local Accommodations
A list of accommodations: LaQuinta Inn (325-676-1676); Holiday Inn Express (325-675-9800); Best Western Abilene Inn and Suites (325-672-5501); Courtyard Marriott (325-965-9600); Hampton Inn (325-695-0044); Fairfield Inn (325-695-2448); MCM Elegante Suites (325-698-1234).