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Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate91%

Hardin-Simmons Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Hardin-Simmons University. The acceptance rate at Hardin-Simmons University is 91%. Last year, 2,308 students applied to Hardin-Simmons University and 2,089 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Hardin-Simmons University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Hardin-Simmons University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Hardin-Simmons University's admissions stats.

Hardin-Simmons University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 33%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 52%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 45%
Waitlist No

Hardin-Simmons University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Hardin-Simmons University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action No

Considering Applying Early to Hardin-Simmons University?

Hardin-Simmons University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Hardin-Simmons University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to Hardin-Simmons?

Hardin-Simmons is a moderately difficult school to get into. Hardin-Simmons evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2022, Hardin-Simmons accepted 91% of all applicants, about 2,089 from 2,308 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Hardin-Simmons, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Hardin-Simmons University

Transfer student admissions is not difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Hardin-Simmons University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Hardin-Simmons University

What does Hardin-Simmons University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Important
Academic GPA Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
First Generation Considered

Make sure to check with Hardin-Simmons University for more information on admission factors.

Hardin-Simmons University Application Requirements

To apply to Hardin-Simmons University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check in with Hardin-Simmons University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Hardin-Simmons University?

Students admitted to Hardin-Simmons University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4.

Out of all students that were admitted, 74.89% submitted a class rank. At Hardin-Simmons University 33% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 48% were in the top 25% and 75% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Hardin-Simmons University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 13.68%
3.75 and 3.99 14.35%
3.50 and 3.74 26.68%
3.25 and 3.49 15.92%
3.00 and 3.24 13%
2.50 and 2.9 12.56%
2.00 and 2.49 3.36%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Hardin-Simmons University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Hardin-Simmons University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 52% of Hardin-Simmons University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 45% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Hardin-Simmons University?

To be competitive with other Hardin-Simmons University applicants, you should aim to earn between 960 and 1150 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Hardin-Simmons University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1150 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Hardin-Simmons University students scored 570 or higher and 75% of students scored 480 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Hardin-Simmons University students scored 580 or higher, and 75% scored a 480 or higher.

To be most competitive at Hardin-Simmons University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 24 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 24 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Hardin-Simmons University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 24, and three out of four students scored lower than 24 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Hardin-Simmons University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

More Information on Transferring to Hardin-Simmons University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to Hardin-Simmons University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Hardin-Simmons University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Hardin-Simmons University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Hardin-Simmons University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Hardin-Simmons University.

Does Hardin-Simmons University accept transfer credits?

✅ Hardin-Simmons University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Hardin-Simmons University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Hardin-Simmons University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Hardin-Simmons University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Hardin-Simmons University?

❌ No, Hardin-Simmons University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Hardin-Simmons University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Hardin-Simmons University is 91%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Hardin-Simmons University?

❌ Hardin-Simmons University does not offer early decision.

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Hardin-Simmons Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Hardin-Simmons? Hardin-Simmons is a somewhat selective institution. The Hardin-Simmons acceptance rate is 91%. This means that the institution accepts 90 out of every 100 applicants.


Hardin-Simmons Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Hardin-Simmons is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Hardin-Simmons is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Hardin-Simmons SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1150


Math SAT Range

480 - 570


Reading SAT Range

480 - 580

Hardin-Simmons GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Hardin-Simmons, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.43. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

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