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Chances of getting into Houston Baptist University

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
72%
Admission Difficulty for Houston Baptist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsModerate
Applicant CompetitionLow
How hard is it to get into HBU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at HBU is 72%.  It ranks #33 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. HBU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 6,238 out of 8,723 applicants were admitted.

The school has moderate admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 54 percent (SAT 1000/1180 ACT 20/25). Houston Baptist University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.45. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 11% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The HBU application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jul 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Houston Baptist University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 81% of students submitted SAT scores and 29% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

HBU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1000-1180
Applicants Submitting SAT
81%
SAT Scores for Houston Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 500
SAT Composite 25th 1000
SAT Scores for Houston Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 600
SAT Math 75th 580
SAT Composite 75th 1180
Average SAT Score 1090

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 prefers applicants to be in the top 60 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1000 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 910. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. HBU ranks #27 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Houston Baptist University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1180 and Above Good >81%
1090 to 1180 Avg + 72%-81%
1000 to 1090 Avg - 60%-72%
910 to 1000 Reach 47%-60%
Less than 910 Low <47%
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HBU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
20-25 
Applicants Submitting ACT
29%
ACT Scores for Houston Baptist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 18
ACT Math 25th 17
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Houston Baptist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 25
ACT Math 75th 25
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 #21 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 29 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Houston Baptist University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Houston Baptist University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
25 and Above Good >83%
22 to 25 Avg + 72%-83%
20 to 22 Avg - 63%-72%
18 to 20 Reach 52%-63%
Less than 18 Low <52%
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HBU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.45
Typical High School Grades
B+

What GPA do you need to get into Houston Baptist University?

Applicants require above average high school grades to get into HBU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Houston Baptist University was 3.45 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #28 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 72% of students who apply.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Houston Baptist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
4.0 4.21% Good
3.75 to 3.99 23.01% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 24.56% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 21.24% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 14.38% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 11.28% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.88% Reach
1.00 to 1.99 0.44% Reach
less than 1.00 0% Reach

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

58% of Houston Baptist University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Houston Baptist University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 58%
Top 50% of class 83%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Houston Baptist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,856 2,867 8,723
Accepted 4,194 2,044 6,238
Acceptance Rate 72% 71% 72%
Enrolled 426 242 668
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 10% 12% 11%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 1, 2022
Days left to Apply
4

Applicants have 4 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 1, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Houston Baptist University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Houston Baptist University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Houston Baptist University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Considered but not required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Houston Baptist University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
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.

FAQs

Does Houston Baptist University prefer SAT or ACT?

81% of students submit their SAT scores to HBU. 29% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Houston Baptist University?

72% 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.

What SAT score is required for Houston Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1000 and 1180. 81% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Houston Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 20 and 25. 29% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.