Will May 1 response date for admitted students be extended given COVID-19?
Yes, we have extended our deposit deadline through June 1. However, we encourage those who know HBU is their top choice to submit their enrollment deposit now.
We hope this allows accepted students and families enough time to research, discuss and make their final decision in the wake of this unique situation.
We also encourage students to schedule a financial aid appointment to discuss any concerns about financial aid, tuition and payments.
Will HBU continue accepting applications and required documents throughout the Spring and Summer semesters?
Yes. Here are some things to consider for the application process:
- Transcripts that are emailed from a high school counselor will be considered official.
- We also accept passing grades from your spring semester transcript.
- You may continue submitting official test scores throughout the spring and summer.
- If you were registered for March, April, or May testing, your admissions counselor can work with you on your options.
Can prospective or admitted students register for a tour and information session at Husky Central Visitor Center?
In response to the latest “social distancing” guidelines from the CDC, and to keep our current and prospective HBU family safe, all on-campus and off-campus events have been canceled through May 30. Please check out the virtual opportunities we have for you on our virtual campus tours page.
Our Husky Ambassadors and Admissions Staff are excited to answer all of your questions and concerns.
Will HBU resume on-campus classes in Fall 2020?
At this point, the University has not announced any changes or anticipated changes to the Fall semester. While we fully understand the desire to see what’s around the corner, we don’t expect to know more until summer. Of course, our deep hope is that it will be safe for the Houston Baptist University community to come back together and resume courses on campus in late August.
New information and FAQs will be posted at hbu.edu/coronavirus as the circumstances surrounding the pandemic and HBU’s response plan continue to evolve.
Will Houston Baptist continue to either require the SAT or ACT given recent test cancellations?
To accommodate those students who have been (or will be) unable to take the SAT and/or ACT exams, Houston Baptist University is waiving the standardized test score requirement for those applying for Summer/Fall 2021.
Applicants who choose to opt out from submitting a standardized test score will be considered holistically for admission to HBU, with most of the weight on the high school transcript. However, all applicants will still be considered for scholarships whether they submit a test score or not.
We recognize that canceled test dates raise concern among students who have been hard at work preparing for them. Both the College Board and ACT appear committed to providing future testing opportunities as soon as possible, including free statewide tests where applicable, and at this point there is still time for students to test before next year’s application deadlines.
Will HBU still accept or modify how AP testing will be reviewed?
At this time, we have not made any changes or modifications to the AP test score policy. Please review the policy to learn what test scores are required to receive college credit.
Will Summer orientation still happen in June and July?
In order to adhere to physical distancing in Harris County, we will be moving all Summer orientations to an online platform. We will release more information in May on how online orientations will be conducted. If you have more specific questions, please reach out to GO@hbu.edu or 281.649.3003. We encourage you to visit HBU.edu/orientation for more details.
Will you accept Spring 2020 classes that were converted to pass/fail?
During this uncertain time, we understand that several institutions have moved to a pass/fail grading system. Therefore, classes taken in Spring 2020 that receive a “P” passing grade will be evaluated for transfer credit. If you are having trouble obtaining official documents to complete your application, please reach out to admissions for any questions or concerns
Has HBU extended the deadline to deposit for the Fall semester?
Yes, we have extended the deposit deadline to June 1. We hope this allows accepted students and families enough time to research, discuss and make their final decision in the wake of this unique situation.
Has HBU has extended the on-campus housing application deadline?
Our housing applications are accepted and reviewed on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage students to submit their on-campus or off-campus housing applications as soon as possible.
Can international students still come to the Houston campus for the Fall 2020 semester?
Currently, the HBU International Office is still issuing I-20s and planning for international students applying for visas and traveling to Houston for the Fall 2020 semester. If students from affected areas are unable to travel to Houston, HBU will work with them on a case-by-case basis to ensure they can enroll in full-time classes online. Please contact the International Office for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Is the campus closed to visitors?
I missed the application deadline. Can I still apply for Fall 2020?
Absolutely! We will continue to accept applications for Fall 2020 until August 1.
I am a few points away from qualifying for a higher Merit Scholarship and previously registered for a test date that been canceled. Am I going to be able to retest and submit scores past June 1?
Yes, if you take the test in June and submit the scores officially, your scholarship will be re-calculated. If a higher Merit Scholarship is earned, it will be adjusted.
What if the novel coronavirus affected my family's finances?
Please visit our financial aid page for more details on how we can assist you and your family.
- How will I be able to connect with my advisor this summer?
What is HBU doing in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
Please visit HBU.edu/coronavirus for HBU’s responses to the challenges created by COVID-19.