Howard Payne University

1000 Fisk St., Brownwood, TX 76801-2794
Tel: (325)646-2502
Private not-for-profit | 1,130 students
Howard Payne University is a Christian, coeducational university of liberal arts and professional studies that is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Founded in 1889 for the purpose of preparing students for Christian ministry, HPU remains dedicated to honoring Christ and serving His Church by providing an educational experience that integrates faith, learning, and living. The university has expanded its original scope to include a full array of undergraduate programs and a limited number of graduate programs, offered in a traditional residential academic community, where relationships are nurtured and individuals matter. Students, faculty, staff, and administration work together under the shared values of academic excellence, service to others, and Christian integrity. The university also offers selected graduate and undergraduate course work at extended learning centers responsive to the academic needs of the communities served.

School Overview:

Howard Payne University
CountyBrown County, TX
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
95 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,130 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
951 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
179 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,091 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
39 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted50%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)410-520450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)440-550460-573
ACT English (25-75%)16-2319-25
ACT Math (25-75%)18-2418-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)18-2420-25

School Notes:

  • Howard Payne College was founded by the Pecan Valley Baptist Association at Indian Creek, Texas, on June 20, 1889. The two men considered the founders of the college are John D. Robnett, pastor of the First Baptist Church in Brownwood, and Noah T. Byars, in whose blacksmith shop Texas declared her independence on March 2, 1836. They were memorialized when Texas State Historical Markers were placed in Old Main Park in 1998.
  • HPU offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Associate in Ministry, and Associate in Health Science.
  • Students may choose from more than 50 majors, minors and pre-professional programs within six schools - Science and Math, Business, Christian Studies, Education, Music and Fine Arts, and Humanities
  • HPU offers more than 50 student organizations, including honor societies, service and social clubs, departmental groups, athletics and intramurals.
  • HPU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award degrees at the baccalaureate level. HPU is also accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, and the State Board for Educator Certification.
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