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 four thousand students enrolled per year at HBU.

Most of the students admitted to HBU earned an SAT score within the range of 1020 to 1180, or got accepted with an ACT score in the range of 19 to 24. We were able to estimate the HBU average GPA (2.98 - 3.25) 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 11 percent enrolled. You can get more information from the admissions office website at .hbu.edu.

Overall HBU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Houston Baptist University was reported as 71.0% in Fall 2020 with over 8,900 college 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 ACT Scores: 19 - 24
  • HBU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.25

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 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 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

  • 2016-2017: 34.6%
  • 2017-2018: 69.0%
  • 2018-2019: 70.0%
  • 2019-2020: 71.0%
  • Projected HBU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 61.1%

How Does HBU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Houston Baptist University is twenty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
University of St Thomas87.3%
University of Houston-Victoria55.5%
Huston-Tillotson University62.5%
Saint Edward's University88.2%
Southwestern University49.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to HBU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading510 - 600
Math510 - 580
Total Score1020 - 1180
ACT®Score Range
English17 - 23
Math18 - 24
Composite Score19 - 24
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