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Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, Texas

An Education Enlightened by Faith

Academic excellence continues as a priority at Hardin-Simmons University as it has for more than a century. Small classes taught by experienced scholars give the opportunity for interactive learning. The institution’s commitment to excellence is best illustrated through the lives of graduates who traditionally have excelled in any career they have chosen.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,599 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
47% male — 53% female
4% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
134 full-time faculty
70 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
88% of first year students live on campus
45% of all students live on campus

School Location

Abilene, Texas

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

68% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


53% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 1%
Hispanic/Latino 15%
Black or African American 7%
White 71%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


NCAA Division III, American Southwest Conference; 16 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis and track and field and 8 women’s: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field and volleyball), three club sports and 25 intramural sports.

Other Information

Hardin Simmons is a private, coeducational university located in Abilene, Texas. It was established in 1891 and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Academic Programs

Accounting*, Agriculture+*, Art – Graphic Design*, Art – Studio, Art Education, Athletic Training*, Bible, Biblical Languages**, Biochemistry**, Molecular Biology*, Biology, Business Administration**, Chemistry, Church Music*, Church Ministry – Concentrations in Missions, Music Ministry, Pastoral Ministry and Youth Ministry, Coaching**, Communications – Concentrations in Public Relations/Advertising*, Telecommunications* and Speech Communications, Computer Information Systems (Education), Computer Science, Criminal Justice – Concentrations in Corrections*, and Police Science and Administration*, Economics, Education, English, English Language Arts, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Fitness & Sports Science, Finance*, French +, Generic Special Education+, General Science (Education), Geology, History, Honors*, Interdisciplinary Generalist (Education), Leadership Studies**, Legal Studies**, Life Sciences Composite (Education), Management, Marketing*, Mathematics, Music, Music with Elective Studies in Business, Music Education*, Music Performance*, Music Theory and Composition, Nursing++, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics+, Political Science, Psychology, Religion**, Social Science Composite (Education), Social Work*, Sociology, Spanish, Sports, Fitness & Leisure Studies, Speech-Language Pathology, Theatre, Theology

Pre-Professional Programs:
Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Seminary

* Major Only
** Minor Only
+ Cooperative with Abilene Christian University
++ Cooperative with Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing

More Distinctions

  • Ranked in 2009 by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a "Great College to Work For."

  • Proudly listed as one of GI Jobs’ Military Friendly Schools

From the world famous Cowboy Band and Six White Horses to a vibrant campus ministry, students are constantly involved. When not partaking in their studies, they are sure to be involved in a number of extracurricular activities…

The Honors Program

The Hardin-Simmons University Honors Program, which serves as an integral part of the academic community, includes courses taught by selected faculty members interested in working with highly motivated students. The Honors Program expects participants to strive for excellence and assume personal accountability for their intellectual growth. The goal of Honors studies is to encourage students to engage more actively in pursuing knowledge, in discussing ideas, and in challenging themselves to grow intellectually and spiritually.

The Leadership Studies Program

The Leadership Studies Program at Hardin-Simmons University is a unique program devoted to the development of tomorrow’s Christian leaders. Working with nonprofit organizations, leadership students implement and practice the concepts that they study in the classroom by creating and performing service projects that meet real community needs. In the Leadership Studies Program, learning occurs both in and out of the classroom.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

Academic excellence continues as a priority at Hardin-Simmons University as it has for more than a century. The foundational curriculum involves students in a broad range of inquiry related general studies with requirements of the chosen major. Small classes taught by experienced scholars give the opportunity for interactive learning…

The Academic Advising Center

The Academic Advising Center at HSU serves the needs of undeclared undergraduate students, non-degree students, transfer students who do not have a major, and those individuals considering changing their field of study. The Center is prepared to make each student’s college career as smooth as possible by explaining the general core requirements, helping schedule classes, or clarifying goals and options. The Center provides one-on-one help for making decisions about changing majors in cooperation with the Office of Career Services.


HSU offers more than fifty majors through its Colleges of Liberal Arts and Business, Schools of Education, Music, Nursing, Sciences and Mathematics, and Theology, and several programs leading to one of eight master’s degrees through its Graduate School.

Inter-college Enrollment

A student enrolled at HSU may also enroll in courses at Abilene Christian University and/or McMurry University.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy X
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Other: Bible (2 semesters) & writing


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 135 171 85 47 4 5 0 447

Founded in 1891, Hardin-Simmons is a place where relationships really matter. Complementing the warmth of family and community is the vitality of an academic program offering more than 50 major and minor programs…

A Dynamic Place to Be

As a leading education center, Hardin-Simmons is often described as “an oasis” with lush grounds, a duck-filled pond, and stately red brick buildings. HSU is a place of higher learning that warmly opens its doors to students seeking a Christian, liberal arts education within a supportive and spiritual community.

Blend an old West town and a modern, medium-sized city, then throw in a good dose of hospitality, and a large helping of recreation, and you have Abilene, Texas!  Abilene, listed as a top 10 tourist destination in Texas, is located near the geographic center of Texas and offers many things to see and do including:

  • The Abilene Country Club
  • Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Abilene State Park
  • Abilene Zoo and Discovery Center
  • Buffalo Gap Historic Village
  • Center for Contemporary Arts
  • Century Theaters
  • Dyess Linear Air Park
  • Fort Phantom Hill
  • Grace Museum Cultural Center
  • Mall of Abilene
  • Frontier Texas Museum
  • National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
  • The historic Paramount Theater.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options X


Other: Single and duplex housing with priority given to families

Hardin-Simmons’ commitment to excellence is best illustrated through the lives of graduates who traditionally have excelled in a wide variety of fields. 95% of recent graduating classes have had full-time job offers within six months of graduation…

Producing World-ready People

Graduates/alumni and former students from Hardin-Simmons have become leading doctors, scientists, businessmen, actors and athletes and include:

  • Conrad Lam (pioneer in heart bypass surgery)
  • Willis Whitfield (inventor of the clean room concept, making modern microelectronics possible)
  • Dean Nolen (drama desk award winner, TV show Law and Order)
  • Dan Blocker (TV show Bonanza)
  • Fess Parker (played Daniel Boone on TV)
  • Stedman Graham (founder of Athletes Against Drugs)
  • Clyde “Bulldog” Turner (Pro Football Hall of Fame player for the Chicago Bears)

Range Rider

Mailed two times per year, the Range Rider alumni magazine is edited, produced, and distributed by the Alumni Department. Each issue includes various feature stories, University updates, and the ever-popular “Folks & Facts” alumni update section.


Admissions Fall 2015

 1,595 Total Applicants
957 Total Admissions
413 Total Freshmen Enrollment

60% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Class rank
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Character/personal qualities

Extracurricular activities
Alumni/ae relation
Religious affiliation/commitment
Level of applicant’s interest

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 570
SAT Math 470 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 25
ACT Math 19 25
ACT English 18 25
ACT Writing    





Tuition $25,230
Fees $600
Total $25,830
Room and Board (on campus) $8,138
Estimated Total On Campus $33,968


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 Estimated

$25,800 First year students
$6,910 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 Estimated

75.3% on average, the percentage of need that was met
24% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,910 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,126 Average need-based loan

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