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Christian Life Profile

Get inspired at Howard Payne University!

Deep in the heart of Texas
Howard Payne University is rich with tradition and academic excellence. HPU is 126 years old and one of the oldest universities in Texas. Founded in 1889 for the purpose of preparing students for Christian ministry, HPU remains dedicated to providing challenging educational experiences that honor Christ and prepare students for a life of leadership and service. HPU offers an educational experience that integrates faith, learning, and living. The University is centrally located in Brownwood, Texas, and is within a two- to three-hour drive to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio.

Dollars and cents
Think you can’t afford Howard Payne University? Think again! U.S.News & World Report ranked HPU second in the Regional Colleges of the West division of the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category in its “Best Colleges” 2016 edition. In the 2015–2016 academic year, our financial aid department will award more than $14 million in need-based aid (including need-based loans) and merit scholarships. Howard Payne offers scholarships for academic achievement, leadership ability, community and church involvement, and field of study.

Put on your game face!
HPU students from around Texas and the United States compete in 12 different men’s and women’s intercollegiate sports. In 2012, the Lady Jackets basketball team returned to the American Southwest Conference Championship Tournament after winning the title four times in the five previous years. In 2008 they had an undefeated season (33–0) and won an NCAA Division III National Championship. If you are looking for something a little less competitive, Howard Payne University offers a variety of popular intramural sports. A large number of our students participate in intramural sports like basketball, flag football, softball, volleyball, and many more.

Where in the world is . . .
Looking for a college that takes learning outside the classroom? With study abroad programs, HPU students have had the opportunity to learn in countries like Egypt, England, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. Howard Payne’s Baptist Student Ministry offers many different opportunities to minister, whether locally, overseas, or in the United States.

Make it a date
Sit in on a class, tour the campus and facilities, and visit with professors and students. You’ll never know until you experience it for yourself. Visit Howard Payne on one of our many preview dates, or call our admission office to schedule a personal campus tour. We would love to show you around!




Location: Brownwood, Texas

Founded: 1889

Accreditation: The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

2015 Total Enrollment: 1,163

Undergraduate Student Profile: 46.3% female; 53.7% male; 62.4% Caucasian; 22.0% Hispanic; 8.5% African American

Student-Faculty Ratio: 10:1

Average Undergraduate Class Size: 15

Campus Housing: Required for students for four full semesters or 60 completed credit hours

Estimated Semester Cost 2016–2017:
Tuition:     $12,215
Fees:     $1,100
Room:     $1,680
Meal Plan:    $2,165
Total:    $17,160*

* Prior to applicable financial aid