Houston Baptist University (HBU)

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Houston Baptist University can be found in Houston, TX, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around two thousand students enrolled per year at HBU.

Most of the students admitted to HBU earned an SAT score within the range of 1410 to 1730, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 21 to 27. We were able to estimate the HBU average GPA (3.06 - 3.38) of admitted students by applying sampled GPA data on over 150 schools. Houston Baptist University admits around 70 percent of students applying per year. Of those that are accepted, nearly 13 percent enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at hbu.edu.

Overall HBU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Houston Baptist University was reported as 73.2% in Fall 2013 with over 5,870 applications submitted to HBU. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • HBU SAT Scores: 1410 - 1730
  • HBU ACT Scores: 21 - 27
  • HBU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

How Hard Is It to Get into Houston Baptist University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

When determining how difficult it is for students to get into Houston Baptist University, ACT/SAT test scores and high school average GPA ranges of accepted students of previous years can help estimate the selectivity of a school.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Houston Baptist University has been getting much higher in the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 42.3%
  • 2010-2011: 37.8%
  • 2011-2012: 38.5%
  • 2012-2013: 35.0%
  • 2013-2014: 73.2%
  • Projected HBU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 50.6%

How Does HBU Compare?

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The acceptance rate for Houston Baptist University is thirty-two percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of St Thomas77.2%
University of Houston-Victoria51.0%
Huston-Tillotson University45.9%
Saint Edward's University78.5%
Southwestern University52.2%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to HBU (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading470 - 580
Math490 - 590
Writing450 - 560
Total Score1410 - 1730
ACT®Score Range
English20 - 26
Math20 - 26
Composite Score21 - 27
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