Hardin Simmons University

Hardin Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University, also known as HSU, is a private, Baptist university located in Abilene, Texas, United States. It was established in the year 1891. HSU's campus comprises of more than 30 buildings which spread across an area of 209 acres. HSU offers a number of bachelor and master degrees in the fields of arts, science, and business. The university is organized into the following academic divisions:

  • Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts
  • Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics
  • Irvin School of Education
  • Kelley College of Business
  • Logsdon School of Theology
  • Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing
  • School of Music and Fine Arts

HSU's athletics department fields a number of men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division III and the American Southwest Conference. They are nicknamed the Cowboys and Cowgirls. They participate in sports such as basketball, baseball, golf, and softball.

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Hardin-Simmons University
2200 Hickory
Abilene , TX 79698-0001
General Phone: (325) 670-1000

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Hardin - Simmons Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching103education, gifted and talended education, school counseling, early childhood education, art education, business teaching, English teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Business and Management93business, business management, accounting, finance, management science, marketing
Therapy and Counseling54psychology, family psychology, physical therapy
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy51health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science, athletic trainer
Liberal Arts41Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, economics, political science, sociology, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine38registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Religion and Philosophy35philosophy, Christian studies, bible studies, missionary studies, religious music, theology, ministry, theological and ministerial studies, pastoral counseling, ...
Science19biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, chemistry, geology, physics
Security and Law Enforcement17corrections, criminal justice and police
Media16communication studies, mass communication, broadcast journalism, radio and television, public relations and advertising
Music10music, music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, piano, voice, music management, violin, guitar, and strings
Medical Support and Technology7audiology and speech pathology
Computer Science and Engineering6computer programming
Family and Social Work5social work
Conservation and Resource Management4environmental science, natural resources management
Fine Arts3fine arts
Drama and Performing Arts2drama
Design2graphic design
Medicine0pre-dentistry, pre-med
Animal Science and Care0animal science
Landscaping and Horticulture0agronomy
Agricultural Science and Management0agricultural management

Number of programs and degrees for Hardin - Simmons in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree38074
Master's degree10022
Doctor's degree - professional practice261
Postbaccalaureate certificate01

Hardin - Simmons Student Body

In 2007-2008, Hardin - Simmons had a total enrollment of 2,435 students (2,144 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 44%
Women 56%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 52%
Graduate 48%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
Unknown 92%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 31%
20-21 27%
22-24 22%
25-29 9%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Mexico1%
(International Students)1%

Hardin - Simmons Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 66 %

Hardin - Simmons Room and Board (2007)

Hardin - Simmons offers campus housing for 810 of its 2,144 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Abilene, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 18 meals per week.

Hardin - Simmons Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal450560
SAT Math470570
SAT Writing440550
ACT Verbal1825
ACT Math1925
ACT Composite1925

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT70%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT68%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Hardin - Simmons Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,380
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,380
Room and board $ 5,180
Room charge $ 2,492
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,688
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 2,582

Financial Aid:
Hardin - Simmons participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 357100)

Hardin - Simmons Faculty

Hardin - Simmons has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track2017
Non-tenured and not on tenure track54

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year13$82,7963$98,700
Associate professorcalendar year4$83,5753$61,600
Assistant professorcalendar year3$53,2503$64,917
All faculty totalcalendar year20$78,5209$75,072

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year30$65,8098$55,125
Associate professoracademic year20$58,65413$53,792
Assistant professoracademic year14$51,37814$48,632
Instructoracademic year3$45,0423$39,373
All faculty totalacademic year67$59,72838$51,033

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Hardin - Simmons Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football American Southwest Conference
Basketball American Southwest Conference
Baseball American Southwest Conference
Track American Southwest Conference

Hardin - Simmons Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Programming/Programmer, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Natural Resources Management and Policy

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Computer Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
History Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Speech Teacher Education

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science

Pre-Law Studies

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Broadcast Journalism
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Management and Merchandising
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ
Violin, Viola, Guitar and Other Stringed Instruments
Voice and Opera

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Christian Studies
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science

Therapy And Counseling
Family Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Hardin - Simmons Apart:

Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 8%Hardin - Simmons Number of degree programs
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 10%Hardin - Simmons % of degrees in religion and philosophy
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 12%Hardin - Simmons Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
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Top 14%Hardin - Simmons % of degrees in nutrition and exercise therapy
Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 14%Hardin - Simmons Faculty/student ratio (full-time)
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
(for colleges of its size and type)
Top 17%Hardin - Simmons % of accepted students who choose to enroll
% of degrees in media
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Hardin - Simmons % of degrees in media
Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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Top 19%Hardin - Simmons Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Hardin - Simmons % of degrees in therapy and counseling

checked Baptist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
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