Chances of getting into Houston Baptist University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
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 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

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Houston Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Houston Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 610
SAT Math 75th 590
SAT Composite 75th 1200
Average SAT Score 1120

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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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Houston Baptist University admission chances by SAT score
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%
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HBU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Houston Baptist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 18
ACT Composite 25th 20
ACT Scores for Houston Baptist University
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.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Houston Baptist University admission chances by ACT score
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%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

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.

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High School Class Rank

53% 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 21%
Top 25% of class 53%
Top 50% of class 80%
Bottom 50% of class 20%
Bottom 25% of class 6%

Admission Statistics

Houston Baptist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 4,425 2,626 7,051
Accepted 3,096 1,841 4,937
Acceptance Rate 70% 70% 70%
Enrolled 359 172 531
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 12% 9% 11%

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Houston Baptist University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Houston Baptist University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies 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 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.

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.