Hardin-Simmons University
"Hardin-Simmons encourages individuals to lead lives of service through active involvement in intellectual, cultural...

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

2,224 students (48% male, 52% female; 31 states and 12 countries represented: 28% minority, 2% international.

Faculty Profile

138 full-time faculty; student/faculty ratio is 12:1; Average class size is 15.

Residence Life

67% of students live on campus.

School Location

Abilene, Texas


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.

Activity/Club/Organization Types

Academic honors, activism, music (choral, instrumental), film/photography/visual arts, Greek life (local), health and fitness, hobbies, media (newspaper, radio, journal, yearbook, etc.), minority/ethnic, outdoors/environmental, performance (theatre/dance), professional interest/academic subject, politics, religious/spiritual, service, support groups, student events/campus programming, student government, women’s/gender studies.

Other Information

Hardin Simmons is a private, co-educational 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

  • Hardin-Simmons was cited as a “Best in the West” university by Princeton Review.  One of 123 in the western United States, 644 in the nation and one of only 22 so honored in the state of Texas.

  • 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

Engaged Students

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…

Unique and Exciting Curriculum

  • 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 at Hardin-Simmons University is a unique program devoted to the development of tomorrow’s Christian leaders. Working with non-profit 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.


Great Teaching

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 relating general studies with requirements of the chosen major. Small classes taught by experienced scholars give the opportunity for interactive learning…

Dedicated to Helping Students

  • 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 your college career as smooth as possible by explaining the general core requirements, helping you schedule your classes or clarifying your 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.

Vibrant Communities

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 through two colleges and five schools…

A Dynamic Place to Be

  • Hardin-Simmons, a leading education center, 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 and the historic Paramount Theater.


Successful Outcomes

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), and Clyde “Bulldog” Turner (Pro Football Hall of Fame player for the Chicago Bears)
  • 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 and Financial Aid

2009-2010: $26,378 comprehensive cost of attendance ($18,750 tuition). 94.9% of students receive some financial aid. Average Award (all sources): $16,930

Financial Information
Alumni giving rate 5.24%; Endowment and similar funds in excess of $103 million

Students wishing to apply must submit the following documents:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission, along with a $50 non refundable application fee
  • Official high school transcript showing rank in class and graduation date. Tentative approval can be granted with a three year transcript
  • Official ACT or SAT (with writing) sent directly from the testing center to Hardin-Simmons or from an official high school transcript
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation


Upon receipt of all required information, students are contacted by mail in regard to admission to the university. All student files are updated by the Enrollment Services Office as new paperwork is received. Students are contacted by mail when items pertaining to their file are received.

Admission Application Deadline
There is no application deadline but students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

For Freshmen students this includes:

  • completed application
  • satisfactory scores on the ACT or SAT exams with the writing portion
  • high school transcript
  • 3 letters of recommendation


For Transfer students this includes:

  • completed application
  • transcripts sent from each of the colleges or universities attended
  • transfer students with less than 24 transferable hours must also submit high school transcripts and satisfactory scores on the ACT or SAT exam