Freshman Student Admission

Students Registering for Welcome Days

Freshmen students are students attending HBU directly after high school graduation.

Welcome to Houston Baptist University! As a member of the freshman class you will become part of a Christian university committed to academic excellence, the enrichment of spiritual lives and the development of moral character. 

We look forward to being there as you begin a new chapter in your life; one that will be full of opportunities for building relationships and defining your life.

Freshman Admissions Checklist

Consideration for admission to Houston Baptist University is determined by competitive scores on either the SAT or ACT and by strong high school performance.

If you are applying to HBU as a freshman, here are the steps you need to take:
  1. Complete and submit our online application.
  2. Submit an official transcript from each high school you have attended.  Transcripts will only be considered official when sent directly from the institution to HBU.

         a.  Submit through mail:
              Houston Baptist University
              Office of Admissions
              7502 Fondren Road
              Houston, Texas 77074

         b.  Submit online:
                i. code: 6282
               ii.  TREX code: 6282
              iii.  Clearinghouse (college transcripts only): 6282
  3. Submit your official SAT or ACT scores.

         a.  SAT:  (HBU's School Code: 6282)
         b.  ACT:  (HBU's School Code: 4101)

Admissions Requirements:

(*SAT is scored with Math and Critical Reading sections only*)

  • All students with a 1200 SAT* or 26 ACT Composite or higher will automatically be admitted to HBU
  • Students in the top 25% of their high school class will be admitted if they have a 900 SAT* or a 19 ACT Composite or higher
  • Students in the top 50% of their high school class will be admitted if they have a 960 SAT* or 21 ACT Composite or higher

Applicants that do not meet the above requirements will go to the Academic Review Board for an admissions decision.

***NOTE: Applicants will NOT be automatically admitted and will undergo holistic review if they have any of the following***:
  • a SAT section score below 400
  • an ACT section score below 18
  • an SAT essay score below 07


Additional Resources for Freshmen:

The following are items of interest for Freshmen. These items include tools, forms, information and tips to help you during and after your application process.