Founded in 1891 by a dedicated group of ministers, ranchers, and merchants, Hardin-Simmons University continues its commitment to developing the minds and nurturing the spiritual lives of its students. HSU, a private university located in Abilene, Texas, has been affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941. HSU provides an academically challenging undergraduate education based on a liberal arts foundation and advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs. Combining its commitment to academic excellence and a concern for the development of the total person with a distinctively Christian perspective, Hardin-Simmons serves students through quality educational programs designed to provide An Education Enlightened by Faith. It is the mission of Hardin-Simmons University to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.
HSU Fast Facts
The mission of Hardin-Simmons University is to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.
A large community with a small-town feel, Abilene is a leading educational, business, and medical hub in West Texas with a metropolitan population of approximately 120,000. There are numerous entertainment options available for college students, including a variety of restaurants, shops, and commercial businesses.
The main HSU campus sits on 96 beautifully landscaped acres, with the total property encompassing 220 acres. Comprised of 33 major buildings, including eight classroom buildings, six residence halls, and two apartment complexes, the HSU campus is a place where students feel at home.
HSU was established in 1891 as a private, coeducational, liberal arts university. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students of all faiths, ethnicities, races, and walks of life are welcome.
The HSU Commitment
Your tuition rate will not be increased while you are enrolled full time as an undergraduate or graduate student during consecutive fall/spring semesters and are making continuous, satisfactory progress toward a degree. (Does not apply to enrollment in doctoral programs or courses in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing or Logsdon Seminary.)
Student Body Fall 2015
2,212 Total Student Population
- 1,638 Undergraduate
- 474 Graduate
- 97 Master of Divinity
- 33 Doctor of Ministry
- 85 Doctor of Physical Therapy
- 29 Doctor of Education in Leadership
- 230 Other Graduate Studies
In excess of $150 million.
Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that each student at HSU receives individualized attention and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with professors. Ninety percent of our faculty hold the highest available degree in their fields.
- College of Fine Arts
- Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
- Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics
- Irvin School of Education
- Kelley College of Business
- Logsdon School of Theology
- Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
- Bachelor of Arts
- Bachelor of Behavioral Science
- Bachelor of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Fine Arts
- Bachelor of Music
- Bachelor of Science
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing
- Master of Arts
- Master of Business Administration
- Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Education
- Master of Music
- Master of Science
- Master of Science in Nursing
- Doctor of Education in Leadership
- Doctor of Ministry
- Doctor of Physical Therapy
- Honors Program
- International Studies
- Leadership Studies
- Ethics Minor
Accreditations & Memberships
- Association Council for Business Schools and Programs
- Association of Theological Schools
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
- Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
- Council of Social Work Education
- National Association of Schools of Music
- Texas Board of Nursing
- Texas Education Agency
- Council of Independent Colleges
- International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities
- The Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
- The Council for Christian Colleges & Universities
- University and College Accountability Network
In 2012-13, $47 million was awarded in federal, state, and institutional programs, including scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study. Ninety-four percent of the HSU students received financial aid.
The HSU libraries have 443,979 listed items in the online catalog. The Abilene Library Consortium currently makes available 2,105,926 items.
Wireless technology is accessible to 95% of the main campus with 235 computers available for student use in 14 labs and three communal areas.
More than 50 student clubs and organizations exist on campus, including service, religious, honor, academic discipline, civic, and political organizations. Many HSU students participate in local fraternities and sororities, which are campus-based social or service clubs.
HSU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III, and American Southwest Conference. HSU offers 18 varsity sports, including teams in basketball, golf, tennis, cross country, track, and soccer for men and women, as well as programs in football and baseball for men and volleyball and softball for women.
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