University Admissions

Freshman
Transfer
Post-Baccalaureate
Audit
Non-Degree Undergraduate Student
Senior Citizen
Re-Entry
Returning
Transient
Concurrent
Admission through the Admissions Review Board
Additional Required Materials
Graduate Admissions
International Student Admissions

 


The Office of Admissions accepts formal applications from all students for admission to HBU. The Admissions Office assists prospective students with admission policies and procedures, campus visits, and initial financial information. Information regarding admission to the University and all necessary forms for admission may be obtained by visiting the Admissions website at HBU.edu/admissions or by contacting the Admissions Office, HBU, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074-3298. The telephone number is (281) 649-3211 and email is admissions@hbu.edu. Outside Houston, a toll-free number is available: 1-800-969-3210 for Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate applicants should contact the graduate program directly at  Hbu.edu/applygrad.

Undergraduate Admissions

All official transcripts and score reports must be mailed directly to HBU from the high school (including homeschool), college, or test center. Additionally, documents may be hand carried in a sealed envelope from the institution with the envelope bearing that institution’s Registrar’s signature and seal.

 I. Freshman Student Admission

To be considered for Freshman admission, a student must have completed high school by the end of the current academic year. If a student has taken college level classes while in high school, the student is still considered a Freshman applicant. This includes any college level coursework completed during the summer immediately following high school graduation.

  1. Application for admission must be completed and submitted online to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online versions of the undergraduate application can be found on the Admissions webpage at HBU.edu/apply or through Applytexas.org. Paper versions of the application may also be available upon request.
  2. A freshman applicant will be required to take the SAT (now referred to as the RSAT) or ACT exam. The HBU institution code for the SAT exam is 6282; the code for the ACT exam is 4101. In the event that an exam is submitted multiple times, the Admissions Office will consider the scores that best enhance the student’s application. Scores recorded on the official high school transcript are acceptable and will be considered as official.
  3. A freshman applicant will be required to submit an official high school transcript from the high school which will issue his/her diploma. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Upon graduation, a final HS transcript indicating date of graduation will also be required. Home-schooled students will be required to submit a signed, course-by-course listing of grades and graduation date on their home-school letterhead. Those not attending an institutional high school must demonstrate high school equivalency. A student who has submitted a minimum acceptable total score of at least 50 on the General Educational Development Testing Program (GED) may also be admitted to HBU.
  4. Students taking college courses while enrolled in high school must submit official final transcripts from the college or university to the Office of Admissions. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist. For all transferable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

II. Transfer Student Admission

To be considered for transfer admission, the student will have graduated from high school or have high school equivalency and have been enrolled in classes at another college or university. All documents must be on file prior to admission consideration. Students not re-admissible to a previous institution may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

  1. Application for admission must be completed and submitted online to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online versions of the undergraduate application can be found on our Admissions webpage at HBU.edu/apply or through Applytexas.org. Paper versions of the application may also be available upon request.
  2. An official transcript from all colleges or universities attended must be sent directly from the college to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in administrative withdrawal from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students’ admission consideration should be at least a 2.0.
  3. If a student has not completed or does not expect to complete 32 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution at the time of application, Admissions may require additional documents to render an admissions decision. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.
  4. A transfer applicant with less than 32 credit hours may be required to submit an official final high school transcript, indicating graduation date, from the high school which has issued his/her diploma. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Home-schooled students will be required to submit a signed, course-by-course listing of grades and graduation date on their home-school letterhead. Those not attending a formal high school must demonstrate high school equivalency. A student who has submitted a minimum acceptable total score of at least 50 on the General Educational Development Testing Program (GED) may be admitted to HBU.
  5. A transfer student with less than 32 credit hours may be required to submit an SAT or ACT score report. The HBU institution code for the SAT exam is 6282; the code for the ACT exam is 4101. In the event that an exam is submitted multiple times, the Admissions Office will consider the scores that best enhance a student’s application. Scores recorded on the official high school transcript are acceptable.

III. Post-Baccalaureate Student Admission

To be considered for Post-Baccalaureate admission a student must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and is taking undergraduate courses for personal edification or certification. Credit awarded will not be applied toward a graduate degree and may not be changed to graduate credit. A post-baccalaureate student may seek a second degree. All candidates wishing to obtain a second degree must apply as post-baccalaureate degree seeking and may be eligible for financial aid. A post-baccalaureate student not seeking a second undergraduate degree is not eligible for financial aid.

  1. Application for admission must be completed and submitted online to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online versions of the application can be found on the Admissions webpage at HBU.edu/apply or through Applytexas.org. Paper versions of the application may also be available upon request. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in suspension from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students should be at least a 2.0. Ordinarily, official transcript evaluations are completed after a student has been officially admitted to the University.
  2. A post-baccalaureate student seeking a degree at HBU must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. If not seeking another undergraduate degree at HBU, the final transcript from the degree-granting institution will suffice. However, in some instances other coursework will be requested to help determine if pre-requisite coursework has been completed.
  4. Post-Baccalaureate applicants and admits are not eligible for merit awards and/or institutional aid from Houston Baptist University.

IV. Audit Admission

Attending HBU courses as a non-degree seeking student requires registration and payment of appropriate fees. Auditors are admitted to classes on a space available basis under the following guidelines:

  • Any non-enrolled or currently enrolled students may audit one or more courses.
  • Students not currently enrolled at HBU must complete an application for admission as a non-degree seeking student and be approved for enrollment by the Office of Admissions.
  • The only period during which students may register for an audit, change a credit class to audit, or change an audit class to credit is the last day of the add period as published in the University calendar for the term.  Appropriate tuition and fees will apply.
  • The advisor’s signature should accompany the request.
  • Enrollment as an auditor is subject to the approval of the Dean of the related college. It is recommended that prospective students consult the instructors of courses in which they are interested before they register.
  • Policies governing prerequisites and academic load will be applicable.
  • An auditor is not entitled to have work evaluated by the instructor and the degree of participation is determined by the instructor and Dean. Individuals who wish to participate fully and engage in all instructional activities must register for credit and pay full tuition.
  • Auditing grants only the privilege of hearing and observing and does not grant credit. An auditor’s name will appear on the instructor’s class roll. In order for the designation “AU” to appear on the transcript; however, the instructor must certify at the end of the course that the individual attended at least 75% of the class meetings as an auditor. If the student attends less than 75% of the class meetings, the designation of “X” will appear on the transcript.
  • Audit and other appropriate fees, as prescribed in the University Catalog, are due at the time of registration.
  • Full-time faculty and staff members are eligible for audit tuition benefits consistent with the guidelines established in the University Tuition Remission Policy.
  • Individuals who desire to audit graduate courses must be admitted as a non-degree seeking or degree seeking student and have documentation indicating the completion of a baccalaureate degree.  Student must have approval from the Director/Dean of the graduate program in question.

V. Non-Degree Undergraduate Student Admission

Non-Degree Undergraduate Student Admission
A Non-Degree student is one wishing to take a class for credit who does not have a baccalaureate degree and is not in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.

  1. Application for admission must be completed and submitted online to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online versions of the application can be found on our Admissions webpage at HBU.edu/apply or through Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application may also be available upon request.
  2. An official transcript from all colleges or universities attended, whether accredited or non-accredited, must be sent directly from the college to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in administrative withdrawal from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students’ admission consideration should be at least a 2.0.
  3. Non-Degree applicants and admits are not eligible for merit awards and/or institutional aid from Houston Baptist University.

VI. Senior Citizen Admission

Persons 60 years or older, with proof of age, not in pursuit of a degree, may register for classes for a fixed price (contact the Cashiers’ Office for a current fee structure at 281-649-3471) when space is available. Such students may register for these courses on a pass-fail basis or may receive an alpha grade.

VII. Re-Entry Admission

A Re-Entry student is any student who has been placed on suspension as a result of an academic or disciplinary action. Students who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons must contact the Student Life Department for re-entry requirements. Students desiring to return from academic suspension should complete the following steps:

  1. Re-entry application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The student may find this form online at www.hbu.edu/reentry. A personal statement of at least 250 words and two (2) letters of academic recommendation from HBU faculty must accompany the application.
  2. If the student attended another college or university, whether accredited or non-accredited, while on suspension from HBU, the student must request official transcripts be sent from the former institution directly to the Office of Admissions at HBU. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The cumulative grade point average for returning students with additional college hours should at least be a 2.0. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.
  3. An accepted re-entry student will be on probation status.

VIII. Returning Student Admission

A returning student is any student who previously attended Houston Baptist University, voluntarily left HBU in good standing, and has not been enrolled in courses for one or more semester(s).

  1. A returning student application must be completed and turned in to the Office of the Registrar at least seven (7) working days prior to the start of the semester a student plans to return. The returning student application may be found online at HBU.edu/returning.
  2. If the student attended another college or university while separated from HBU, the student must request official transcripts be sent from the former institution directly to the Office of the Registrar at HBU. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The cumulative grade point average for returning students with additional college hours should at least be a 2.0.

In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s coursework will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Office of the Registrar. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

IX. Transient Student Admission

To be considered for admission as a Transient student, the student must be enrolled at another institution and wishing to take classes for credit at HBU. If a transient student decides to continue at HBU, he or she must complete all of the transfer procedures as outlined under “Transfer Student Admission” and be approved for admission. Transient student status ordinarily is permitted for only one (1) semester. Any exception must be approved by the Office of the Registrar.

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on our Admissions webpage at HBU.edu/apply or through Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application may also be available upon request.
  2. An official transcript or Letter of Good Standing must be sent directly from the most recently attended institution to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information will result in suspension from the University. The student is responsible for meeting all prerequisites for courses taken at HBU.
  3. Transient applicants and admits are not eligible for merit awards and/or institutional aid from Houston Baptist University.

X. Concurrent Enrollment

Please see the section under Academic Policies and Procedures for information on concurrent enrollment.

XI. Admission through the Admissions Review Board

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is responsible for carrying out a selective admissions criteria based on the student’s academic and personal record. Specific criteria for undergraduate admissions is determined by the Office of Admissions with input and guidance from Deans, Associate Deans and the Admissions Review Board (ARB) – a presidential standing committee comprised of members of the faculty and staff of the University and co-chaired by a faculty member and the Director of Admissions.

The (ARB) reviews all admissions exceptions and cases where undergraduate students have not met the minimum requirements to be admitted automatically to the University.  The ARB convenes regularly during the semester to go over the corresponding files while paying particular attention to the academic history of the student, their standardized test scores (SAT/ACT), letters of recommendation, official transcripts from high school/previous institutions and any other supporting documentation that can help the committee reach an admissions decision.

The ARB utilizes historical statistical data compiled in an internal document called the Admissions Decision Matrix, which is updated every year and provides ARB members as well as undergraduate admissions staff with the recommended admissions decision guidelines.

Additional Required Materials

After a student has been admitted to HBU, a completed HBU meningitis vaccination form with proof and date of the vaccination must be submitted.

All freshman and transfer students who are 21 years of age or younger on the date classes begin must receive a bacterial meningitis vaccination.  The vaccine must be obtained within five years of enrollment.  Documentation of vaccination (HBU Meningitis Form and copy of shot records or shot card) must be received by HBU at least 10 days prior to moving into the dorms, or the first day of school if not living on campus.