HBU Admission Requirements
Chances of getting into Houston Baptist University
How hard is it to get into HBU and can I get accepted? The school has a 70% acceptance rate ranking it #36 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 4,937 out of 7,051 applicants were admitted making HBU a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Academically, it has moderate requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 52 percent. Houston Baptist University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.
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HBU SAT Scores
Applicants Submitting SAT81%
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 25th||520|
|SAT Math 25th||510|
|SAT Composite 25th||1030|
|SAT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|SAT Reading 75th||610|
|SAT Math 75th||590|
|SAT Composite 75th||1200|
|Average SAT Score||1120|
SAT Scores you need to get in
What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Houston Baptist University?
Houston Baptist University typically requires applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 940. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1120 out of 1600. The school ranks #25 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 81 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.
|SAT Score (1600 scale)||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|1200 and Above||Good||>80%|
|1115 to 1200||Avg +||70%-80%|
|1030 to 1115||Avg -||58%-70%|
|945 to 1030||Reach||45%-58%|
|Less than 945||Low||<45%|
HBU ACT Scores
Applicants Submitting ACT29%
|ACT Test||25th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 25th||19|
|ACT Math 25th||18|
|ACT Composite 25th||20|
|ACT Test||75th Percentile Score|
|ACT Reading 75th||25|
|ACT Math 75th||24|
|ACT Composite 75th||25|
|Average ACT Score||22|
ACT Scores needed to get accepted
What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into HBU?
Admission data indicates that HBU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 20 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 49 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #25 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Houston Baptist University.
|ACT Score||Competitiveness||Admission Chances|
|25 and Above||Good||>82%|
|22 to 25||Avg +||70%-82%|
|20 to 22||Avg -||60%-70%|
|18 to 20||Reach||50%-60%|
|Less than 18||Low||<50%|
Avg. High School GPA3.36*
Typical High School GradesB+
You will need above average high school grades to get into Houston Baptist University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Houston Baptist University was 3.36 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #35 in Texas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as HBU accepts 70% of students who apply.
53% of Houston Baptist University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.
|High School Class Rank||Freshmen Within Range|
|Top 10% of class||21%|
|Top 25% of class||53%|
|Top 50% of class||80%|
|Bottom 50% of class||20%|
|Bottom 25% of class||6%|
|Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield)||12%||9%||11%|
What are the requirements for admission to Houston Baptist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?
|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Class Rank||Required|
|Completion of College Preparatory Program||Recommended|
|Demonstration of Competencies||Recommended|
|Credit for Life Experiences||No|
Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=225399 IPEDS survey data for Houston Baptist University.
Frequently Asked Questions
81% of students submit their SAT scores to HBU. 29% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.
70% of those who apply are granted admission to HBU. Admission competition is low and the college has moderate admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.
The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1200. 81% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.