Here you’ll find a world of possibilities for discovering what inspires you while putting that passion into action through learning, competition, service, and faith.


Location: Brownwood, Texas

Founded: 1889

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

Fall 2016 Total Enrollment: 1,189

Undergraduate Student Profile: 46.5% female, 53.5% male; 58.2% Caucasian, 20.3% Hispanic, 9% 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 2017–2018:
Tuition: $12,645
Fees: $1,200
Room: $1,764
Meal Plan:$2,241


* Prior to applicable financial aid

Deep in the heart of Texas
Howard Payne University is rich with tradition and academic excellence. HPU is 128 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 lives 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 third in the Regional Colleges in the West division of the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category in its “Best Colleges” 2017 edition. In the 2016–2017 academic year, our financial aid department awarded 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 six men’s and six 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!