Houston Baptist University Catalog


University Admissions


The Office of Admissions accepts formal applications from all students for admission to HBU. The Admissions Office assists prospective students with admission policies and procedures, campus visits and interviews, and initial financial information. Information regarding admission to the University and all necessary forms for admission may be obtained by visiting the Admissions website at www.hbu.edu or by contacting the Admissions Office, HBU, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Texas 77074-3298. The telephone number is (281) 649-3211 and email is admissions@hbu.edu. Outside Houston, a toll-free number is available: 1-800-969-3210 for Undergraduate Admissions.

Graduate applicants should contact the graduate program directly at www.hbu.edu/applygrad.

 



Undergraduate Admissions


 All official transcripts and score reports must be mailed directly to HBU from the high school (including homeschool), college, or test center. Additionally, documents may be hand carried in a sealed envelope from the institution with the envelope bearing that institution’s Registrar’s signature and seal.


Freshman
Transfer
Post-Baccalaureate
Audit
Non-Degree Undergraduate Student
Senior Citizen
Re-Entry
Returning
Transient
Concurrent
Admission through the Admissions Review Board
Conditional Admission
Additional Required Materials



 

 I. Freshman Student Admission


To be considered for Freshman admission, a student must have completed high school by the end of the current academic year. If a student has taken college level classes while in high school, the student is still considered a Freshman applicant. This includes any college level course work completed during the summer immediately following high school graduation.

 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on the Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of the application can also be provided upon request.

  2. A freshman applicant will be required to take the SAT or ACT exam. The HBU institution code for the SAT exam is 6282; the code for the ACT exam is 4101. In the event that an exam is submitted multiple times, the Admissions Office will consider the scores that best enhance the student’s application. Scores recorded on the official high school transcript are acceptable and will be considered official.

  3. A freshman applicant will be required to submit an official high school transcript from the high school which will issue his/her diploma. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Upon graduation, a final HS transcript indicating date of graduation will also be required. Home-schooled students will be required to submit a signed, course-by-course listing of grades and graduation date on their home-school letterhead. Those not attending an institutional high school must demonstrate high school equivalency. A student who has submitted a minimum acceptable total score of at least 50 on the General Educational Development Testing Program (GED) may be admitted to HBU.

  4. Students taking college courses while enrolled in high school must submit official final transcripts from the college or university to the Office of Admissions. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

  5. All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.

 

 

 

II. Transfer Student Admission


To be considered for transfer admission, the student will have graduated from high school and have been enrolled in classes at another college or university. All documents must be on file prior to admission consideration. Students not re-admissible to a previous institution may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.


 All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.

 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on our Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application can also be provided upon request.

  2. An official transcript from all colleges or universities attended must be sent directly from the college to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in administrative withdrawal from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students should be at least a 2.0.

  3. If a student has not completed or does not expect to complete 32 credit hours from a regionally accredited institution at the time of application, Admissions may require additional documents to render an admissions decision. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

  4. All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.
  5.  
    1. A transfer applicant with less than 32 credit hours may be required to submit an official final high school transcript, indicating graduation date, from the high school which has issued his/her diploma. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Home-schooled students will be required to submit a signed, course-by-course listing of grades and graduation date on their home-school letterhead. Those not attending a formal high school must demonstrate high school equivalency. A student who has submitted a minimum acceptable total score of at least 50 on the General Educational Development Testing Program (GED) may be admitted to HBU.

    2. A transfer student with less than 32 credit hours may be required to submit an SAT or ACT score report. The HBU institution code for the SAT exam is 6282; the code for the ACT exam is 4101. In the event that an exam is submitted multiple times, the Admissions Office will consider the scores that best enhance a student’s application. Scores recorded on the official high school transcript are acceptable.

 

 

 

III. Post-Baccalaureate Student Admission


To be considered for Post-Baccalaureate admission a student must have earned an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution and is taking undergraduate courses for personal edification or certification. Credit awarded will not be applied toward a graduate degree and may not be changed to graduate credit. A post-baccalaureate student may seek a second degree. All candidates wishing to obtain a second degree must apply as post-baccalaureate degree seeking and may be eligible for financial aid. A post-baccalaureate student not seeking a second undergraduate degree is not eligible for financial aid.


 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of the application can be found on the Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of the application can also be provided upon request. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admission decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in suspension from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students should be at least a 2.0. Ordinarily, official transcript evaluations are completed after a student has been officially admitted to the University.
     
  2. A post-baccalaureate student seeking a degree at HBU must submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

    All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.
     
  3. If not seeking another undergraduate degree at HBU, the final transcript from the degree-granting institution will suffice. However, in some instances other course work will be requested to help determine if pre-requisite course work has been completed.

 

 

 

IV. Audit Admission


A person wishing to audit a class is one who is not seeking credit for courses completed but will nonetheless have an enrollment record. A non-refundable audit fee will be charged instead of tuition. Policies governing prerequisites and academic load will be applicable. (See “Load – Academic”.) A grade of “X” will be assigned and may not be changed to a letter grade. Enrollment will be subject to space available. Audit students may register only during the late registration period.

 

 

 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on our Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application can also be provided upon request.

  2. A college transcript must be sent directly from the most recently attended institution to the Admissions Office. Faxed or photocopies while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in suspension from the University.

 

 

V. Non-Degree Undergraduate Student Admission


A Non-Degree student is one wishing to take a class for credit who does not have a baccalaureate degree and is not in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree.

 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on our Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application can also be provided upon request.
     
  2. An official transcript from all colleges or universities attended, whether accredited or non-accredited, must be sent directly from the college to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information from all colleges or universities will result in administrative withdrawal from the University. The cumulative grade point average for transfer students should be at least a 2.0.

 

 

VI. Senior Citizen Admission


Persons 60 years or older, with proof of age, not in pursuit of a degree, may register for classes for a fixed price (contact the Cashiers’ Office for a current fee structure at 281-649-3471) when space is available. Such students may register for these courses on a pass-fail basis or may receive an alpha grade.

 

 

 

VII. Re-Entry Admission


A Re-Entry student is any student who has been placed on suspension as a result of an academic or disciplinary action. Students who have been suspended for disciplinary reasons must contact the Director of Student Life for re-entry requirements. Students desiring to return from academic suspension should complete the following steps:

 

  1. Re-entry application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. The student may find this form online at www.hbu.edu/reentry. A personal statement of at least 250 words and two (2) letters of academic recommendation from HBU faculty must accompany the application.
     
  2. If the student attended another college or university, whether accredited or non-accredited, while on suspension from HBU, the student must request official transcripts be sent from the former institution directly to the Office of Admissions at HBU. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The cumulative grade point average for returning students with additional college hours should at least be a 2.0. In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Transfer Specialist. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

    All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.
     
  3. An accepted re-entry student will be on probation status.

 

 

 

VIII. Returning Student Admission


A returning student is any student who previously attended Houston Baptist University, voluntarily left HBU in good standing, and has not been enrolled in courses for one or more semester(s).

 

  1. A returning student application must be completed and turned in to the Office of the Registrar at least seven (7) working days prior to the start of the semester a student plans to return. The returning student application may be found online at www.hbu.edu/returning.
     
  2. If the student attended another college or university while separated from HBU, the student must request official transcripts be sent from the former institution directly to the Office of the Registrar at HBU. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The cumulative grade point average for returning students with additional college hours should at least be a 2.0.

    In considering credit by transfer from other institutions, HBU places a premium on credits from regionally accredited institutions. However, HBU will also consider a request for transfer credit from institutions that are not regionally accredited. Applicants must submit transcripts from all institutions attended whether regionally accredited or non-accredited. Upon admission to the university, the student’s course work will be reviewed for transferability and possible equivalent credit by the Office of the Registrar. Transfer credits from a non-accredited institution will be considered on a case-by-case basis pending an institutional review by the Transfer Specialist and the Office of the Provost. For all transferrable work, the student must have earned a grade of “C” or higher.

    All viable course work completed online will receive either specific course credit or elective credit after evaluation.

 

 

 

IX. Transient Student Admission


To be considered for admission as a Transient student, the student must be enrolled at another institution and wishing to take classes for credit at HBU. If a transient student decides to continue at HBU, he or she must complete all of the transfer procedures as outlined under “Transfer Student Admission” and be approved for admission. Transient student status ordinarily is permitted for only one (1) semester. Any exception must be approved by the Office of the Registrar.

 

  1. Application for admission must be completed and returned to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Online submission of an application is strongly encouraged. Online versions of our application can be found on our Admissions webpage at www.hbu.edu/apply or through www.Applytexas.org. Paper versions of our application can also be provided upon request.

  2. An official transcript or Letter of Good Standing must be sent directly from the most recently attended institution to the Admissions Office. Faxes or photocopies, while not official, may be used to provide an initial admissions decision. The Admissions Office reserves the right to request additional copies/faxes from the student in the event that the submitted documents are illegible. Falsification or failure to provide this academic information will result in suspension from the University. The student is responsible for meeting all prerequisites for courses taken at HBU.

 

 

X. Concurrent Enrollment


Please see the section under Academic Policies and Procedures for information on concurrent enrollment.

 

 

 

 

XI. Admission through the Admissions Review Board


Where the admissions criteria are not met, the Admissions Review Board may consider applicants. Students identified for consideration by the Admissions Review Board are encouraged to submit the following supplemental materials:

 

  1. A statement (approximately 250 words) expressing the applicant’s goals and stating how attending HBU will help the applicant achieve those goals; and

  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation, including at least one from a teacher, counselor, or other academic official. These letters may not come from family members.

  3. It is recommended that these supplemental materials be on file in the Admissions Office before consideration.

 

 

Additional Required Materials


After a student has been admitted to HBU, a completed HBU meningitis vaccination form with proof and date of the vaccination must be submitted.