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Colleges / Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University

Houston, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate85%
Acceptance Rate85%

Houston Baptist University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Houston Baptist University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Houston Baptist University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Houston Baptist University's admissions stats.

Houston Baptist University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.5
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 20%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 26%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 5%
Waitlist No

Houston Baptist University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Houston Baptist University.

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

Applying Early to Houston Baptist University?

Houston Baptist University does not offer early decision or early action.

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

More on Houston Baptist University Admissions

How To Get Into Houston Baptist University

It is moderately difficult to get into Houston Baptist University. Houston Baptist University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Houston Baptist University accepted 85% of students, about 8,220 from the 9,685 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Houston Baptist University, 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. Admissions to BSN, Honors College is program very difficult.

Transferring to Houston Baptist University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Houston Baptist University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Houston Baptist University

Curious about the factors that are considered by Houston Baptist University 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
Academic GPA Important
Class Rank Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Considered

Make sure to check with Houston Baptist University for more information on admission factors.

Houston Baptist University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Houston Baptist University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Houston Baptist University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Houston Baptist University?

Students admitted to Houston Baptist University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.5.

Out of all students that were admitted, 76% submitted a class rank. At Houston Baptist University 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 51% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Houston Baptist University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 3.24%
3.75 and 3.99 18.44%
3.50 and 3.74 29.8%
3.25 and 3.49 24.63%
3.00 and 3.24 12.83%
2.50 and 2.9 10.32%
2.00 and 2.49 0.74%

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 Houston Baptist University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights 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

Houston Baptist University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Houston Baptist 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, 26% of Houston Baptist University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 5% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Houston Baptist University?

To be competitive with other Houston Baptist University applicants, you should aim to earn between 1050 and 1240 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Houston Baptist University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1240 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Houston Baptist University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Houston Baptist University students scored 640 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Houston Baptist University?

To be most competitive at Houston Baptist University, you should strive to earn between 22 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Houston Baptist University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 22 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Houston Baptist University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 22.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Houston Baptist University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Houston Baptist University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Houston Baptist University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

Houston Baptist University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Houston Baptist University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Houston Baptist University.

Does Houston Baptist University accept transfer credits?

✅ Houston Baptist University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Houston Baptist University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Houston Baptist University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Houston Baptist University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Houston Baptist University?

❌ No, Houston Baptist University is test optional, so you can make the call if you want to to send your ACT or SAT scores. 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 it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Houston Baptist University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Houston Baptist University is 85%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Houston Baptist University?

❌ Houston Baptist University does not offer early decision.

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Houston Baptist University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Houston Baptist University? Houston Baptist University is a somewhat selective institution. The Houston Baptist University acceptance rate is 85%. This means that the institution accepts 84 out of every 100 applicants.


Houston Baptist University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Houston Baptist University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Houston Baptist University is Continuous processing.

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

Houston Baptist University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1240


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


Reading SAT Range

520 - 640

Houston Baptist University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Houston Baptist University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.46. 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.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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