University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Admissions Overview

UMHB has largely open admissions, and most students with grades and standardized test scores that are average or better are accepted each year. While SAT and ACT scores are required for most applicants, if you rank in the top 10% of your school, there is no minimum score on the exams. For other students, you'll need at least a 20 on the ACT or a 1030 on the SAT to qualify for regular admissions (higher scores if you are ranked in the lower half of your graduating class). Note that UMHB's admissions are largely not holistic. Grades, class rank, and standardized test scores will carry the most weight. The application does not ask for an essay, letters of recommendation, nor extracurricular activity information.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Description:

Founded in 1845, UMHB, the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, takes pride in its Christian identity and its affiliation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. All students must agree to the school's policy of a faith-informed approach to education. The university's residential campus is located in Belton, Texas, a small city in Central Texas situated midway between Waco and Austin. Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are all within a three-hour drive, so the school's location is convenient to many major metropolitan areas. Academics at UMHB span a range of professional fields and majors in the liberal arts and sciences. Nursing is by far the most popular major, although business and education fields are also popular among undergraduates. On the athletic front, the UMHB Crusaders combete in the NCAA Division III American Southwest Conference. Athletics are big on campus, and many teams have met with national success including men and women's golf, men and women's basketball, and football.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,906 (3,278 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 37% Male / 63% Female
  • 91% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $26,550
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,590
  • Other Expenses: $3,030
  • Total Cost: $38,470

UMHB Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 73%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $13,776
    • Loans: $6,704

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Biology, Elementary Education, Exercise Physiology, General Studies, Marketing, Nursing, Physical Education, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 71%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 32%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 48%

Intercollegiate Athletics:

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis
  • Women's Sports: basketball, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor Mission Statement:

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"The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor prepares students for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish our Christ-centered learning community."

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