• 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


    Office of the President

    Eric Bruntmyer

    Eric I. Bruntmyer serves as the President of Hardin-Simmons University. President Bruntmyer was elected the 16th President of Hardin-Simmons University on February 26, 2016, and took office on June 1, 2016.

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    Maps, Directions, & Information

    HSU Sunset

    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
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network