• 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.

    Student Body Fall 2016

    2,205 Total Student Population

    • 1,708 Undergraduate
    • 497 Graduate
      • 92 Master of Divinity
      • 33 Doctor of Ministry
      • 84 Doctor of Physical Therapy
      • 27Doctor of Education in Leadership
      • 261 Other Graduate Studies

    Student Body Spring 2017

    1990 Total Student Population

    • 1551 Undergraduate
    • 439 Graduate
      • 89 Master of Divinity
      • 31 Doctor of Ministry
      • 54 Doctor of Physical Therapy
      • 29 Doctor of Education in Leadership
      • 236 Other Graduate Studies


    Approximately $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.

    Academic Divisions

    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

    Degrees Offered

    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

    Distinctive Programs

    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

    Financial Aid

    In 2016-17, $47 million was awarded in federal, state, and institutional programs, including scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study. Ninety-eight 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.

    Campus Life

    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.

    HSU Accolades & Recognitions

    US News Best Colleges Colleges of DistinctionA Princeton Review Best Western College
    President's Honor Roll Military Friendly  

    Ranked in the Top Tier of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Universities in the Western Region

  • 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