University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
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.
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.
Get to know University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
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 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 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.
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.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 15%
White, non-Hispanic: 56%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 3%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 2%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 610
25th Percentile: 510 | 75th Percentile: 590
25th Percentile: 19 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $7,894
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