• About Hardin-Simmons University

    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 distinctive Christian perspective, Hardin-Simmons serves students through quality educational programs designed to provide An Education Enlightened by Faith.

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    It is the mission of Hardin-Simmons University to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.

    Logsdon Chapel stained glass window at night


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    Dr. Lanny Hall

    Welcome to Hardin-Simmons University—an institution of outstanding education and Christian values.

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    Maps, Directions, & Information

    The pond on HSUs campus

    Abilene is located in Taylor County, near the geographic center of Texas, and has a population of 116,806. Dyess Air Force Base, home to the B-1 Bomber, lies in the western part of the city.


    Hardin-Simmons University accreditation info

    Hardin-Simmons University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and other organizations.

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    Ethics in Education

    Ethics in Education at Hardin-Simmons University

    While ethical decision making is an implicit part of much of the university’s curricular focus as a private, Christian university, we recognize that ethics should be more explicitly integrated into our undergraduate professional and pre-professional programs.

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    Enrollment Information

    More than 2,000 students are enrolled in HSU's various graduate and undergraduate programs.

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    Campus Safety

    HSU is a safe place to visit and live. The campus police regularly patrol the greater campus area.

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    Goals for Student Achievement

    Hardin-Simmons University sets goals for student achievement consistent with the mission of the university.

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    Awards & Recognitions

    Hardin-Simmons University is a recognized leader in higher education. We have received awards from The Princeton Review, US News and World Report, and more.

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  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
  • Colleges of Distinction
  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network