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University of Mary Hardin–Baylor

Belton, Texas

Founded in 1845, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is dedicated to to the proposition that an educated person is one who not only has mastered a chosen field of study but also has gained an understanding and appreciation for the intellectual and cultural traditions of a diverse world.  Through traditional liberal arts programs and professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the university seeks to develop graduates of strong Christian character and integrity who are able to communicate effectively, think critically, and solve complex problems. UMHB strives to inspire a lifelong love for learning so that graduates may face challenges successfully in an ever-changing world.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,173 undergraduate students
92% of undergrad students are full time
37% male — 63% female
2% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
167 full-time faculty
111 part-time faculty
19 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
94% of first year students live on campus

School Location

UMHB is located in the “heart of Texas,” only 55 miles from the state capital of Austin and 135 miles from the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex on Interstate 35. With a population of 20,128, Belton offers the charm of a college town with the amenities of larger cities just minutes away in Temple and Killeen.

High-Impact Practices

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

Retention Fall 2015

69% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 year graduation rate 2015

43% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 2%
Hispanic/Latino 20%
Black or African American 15%
White 57%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


UMHB competes in NCAA Division III non-scholarship athletics as a member of the American Southwest Conference.  The university sponsors twelve athletic teams:  football, basketball, golf, baseball, tennis, and soccer for men, and volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, tennis, and soccer for women.  More than 400 students play for the Crusaders (known as “The Cru”) each year, winning numerous conference championships and recognitions for their play on the national level.

Other Information

UMHB is a leader in Christian higher education, with nearly 4,000 students pursuing degrees at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree levels.  Personal attention and a commitment to excellent teaching are hallmarks of the university.  The residential campus encompasses 340 acres and is known for its outstanding facilities for academics, athletics, and student life.

UMHB is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Specific degree programs are accredited by Texas Education Agency, Council on Social Work Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, Community Counseling/Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, National Association of Schools of Art and Design, National Association of Schools of Music, and Texas Board of Nursing.

The university is a member of Association of American Colleges and Universities, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas, Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, and International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities.

Academic Programs

McLane College of Business: Accounting, Business Administration, Business Computer Information Systems, Economics, Finance, International Business, Management, Marketing, Multimedia & Information Technology College of Christian Studies: Christian Studies, Christian Ministry College of Education: Education EC-6 Generalist, Education 4-8 Generalist, Interdisciplinary Studies, Exercise Physiology, Sport Management College of Humanities and Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Engineering Science, English, Film Studies, History, Mass Communication, Mathematics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Communication Scott & White College of Nursing: Nursing College of Visual and Performing Arts: Art, Church Music, Music Education, Performance Pre-Professional Programs: Clinical Lab Science, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Health Care Sciences (Physician’s Assistant), Pre-Medical Record Administration, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Optometry, Pre-Pharmacy, Pre-Physical Therapy, Pre-Veterinary Certification: All-Level Art, All-Level Music, All-Level Physical Education, All-Level Spanish, Elementary Generalist, English Language Arts & Reading, History, Interdisciplinary Studies, Life Sciences, Middle Level Generalist, Speech Communication

UMHB strives to create an atmosphere where every student is an integral part of the learning community.  The university provides numerous opportunities for each student to get involved and take a leadership role in activities and organizations tailored to his or her interests.

Recognizing that learning takes place both inside and outside of the classroom, the university offers many ways for students to take an active role in their educations.

Undergraduate research

Undergraduate research projects enable interested students to pursue a research topic in collaboration with their professors and other students. Each spring the university observes Scholar’s Day, where poster sessions and the reading of scholarly papers showcase research being done by students at UMHB.

Fine arts

Fine arts experiences give student the chance to experience a wide variety of artistic works by attending campus programs related to art or music. Recognizing that no education is complete without a familiarity and understanding of the arts, the core curriculum requires all undergraduates to attend one fine arts program each semester.

Study Abroad

The study abroad program offers ways for students to include an international travel experience as a part of their coursework.  Opportunities range from a full semester in the London Studies Program to one-week study trips to locations in Europe, South America, Africa, and the Middle East.  Study abroad scholarships are offered to encourage broad participation in their programs.

Activities Offered

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

Up-to-Date Faculty

UMHB is known as a university where outstanding teachers provide not only great classroom experiences but also the personal attention students need to learn and grow.  Professors are encouraged to learn about the latest teaching techniques and incorporate activities that will help students connect with their coursework.  The university’s Center for Effectiveness in Learning and Teaching offers ongoing courses and seminars where professors discuss topics like best teaching practices, how to engage students in discussions, and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

Freshman Seminars

All new students are enrolled in Freshman Seminars, courses taught by experienced faculty members who are recognized as outstanding teachers. The seminars are designed to give new freshmen the tools they need to transition from high school to college. Professors emphasize that students are now “in charge” of their own destinies in many ways, and the choices they make in college will impact their futures. The seminars give freshmen a way to meet students who share their interests and to build strong relationships with their professors.

Common Core

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


Other: Religion

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 133 188 170 78 39 20 1 629

When students enroll at UMHB, they become part of an upbeat culture of fun, intellectual stimulation, and spiritual growth. From concerts and dances to Bible studies and service activities, life beyond the classroom is full and rich at UMHB.

Student Life and Campus Traditions

UMHB is the oldest continually operating university in Texas (founded in 1845), so it comes as no surprise that the campus has many unique traditions.  Like knights of old, first-year students are “dubbed” with a real sword, making them “Crusaders for Life.”  For over a century students have shown off their talents when the freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors vie for top honors at Stunt Night. Easter Pageant, Homecoming, Charter Day, and the Midnight March connect today’s students with generations past and provide great opportunities for making new friends.


Athletics contribute another important dimension to campus life.  Students are proud to be a part of The Cru and have a great time cheering their teams on to victory on the gridiron, playing fields, and courts.  More than 1,700 students participate in intramural sports, which range from Frisbee golf to sand volleyball to flag football.  From the serious athlete to the newbie who has never picked up a bat, intramural athletics give everyone a chance to play and get in on the fun.


Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students  
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  

Service Learning

UMHB combines the foundation of a Christian, liberal arts education with the training needed for the jobs of tomorrow. Many courses include a service learning component, in which students work in teams on projects that benefit groups in surrounding communities—from building a website for a local non-profit agency to organizing one-day clinics to give free flu shots.


To provide hands-on training for the world beyond graduation, many degree programs also require students to participate in at least one internship prior to graduation.  Students get the chance to earn course credit while gaining job experience, and it is not unusual for students to go to work for the company where they intern, after they graduate.


Students are also given a chance to think about how the things they have learned relate to the big picture of their chosen profession through capstone courses. These courses give seniors a chance to think about and discuss issues that they will face in their careers, and how ethical decision making can help them achieve their goals.

Career Services

UMHB’s Office of Career Services reports that employers like to hire UMHB graduates because UMHB graduates have the skills and character they need to succeed.  They know how to relate to others. They have problem-solving and communication skills, the habits of continuous learning, and perhaps most importantly, the habit of putting all of life in the context of what matters most.


Admissions Fall 2015

7,504 Total Applicants
6,033 Total Admissions
726 Total Freshmen Enrollment

80.40% 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
Standardized test scores

Academic GPA

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Extracurricular activities
Character/personal qualities
First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Religious affiliation/commitment
Racial/ethnic status
Volunteer work
Work experience

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 560
SAT Math 470 570
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 20 26
ACT Math 19 26
ACT English 20 26
ACT Writing    




Tuition $24,300
Fees $2,350
Total $26,650
Room and Board (on campus) $7,300
Estimated Total On Campus $33,950


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-2016 estimated

$18,642 First year students
$13,144 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-2016 estimated

58.6% on average, the percentage of need that was met
8% of financial need students that had need fully met

$13,144 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,477 Average need-based loan