About Howard Payne University

Founded in 1889, Howard Payne University. is a Private college. Located in Texas, which is a city setting in Texas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 1,098 full time undergraduate students, and 91 full time graduate students.

The Howard Payne University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 81 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Howard Payne University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate87%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range850-1050
ACT Range18-22

Admissions at HPU are considered Less Selective, with ,13% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 35 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

72% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 39% were in the top quarter, and 14% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE Reviews

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Howard Payne University.

0%
“We”re apathetic”
40%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
67%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
80%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
0%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
100%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
40%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
40%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
7%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
47%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
47%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
0%
“We”re apathetic”
40%
“We know about current events and vote”
60%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
0%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
0%
“We save it for the classroom”
27%
“Sometimes, but not often”
47%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
27%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
0%
“I only go out in groups”
33%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
67%
“I feel extremely safe”
13%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
27%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
7%
“It”s not really our thing”
13%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
80%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
0%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
0%
“Available in class”
40%
“They keep regular office hours”
53%
“They”re always available”
0%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
0%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
100%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
0%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
40%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
40%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
7%
“We only party on weekends”
13%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
47%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
47%
“There might be people who do”
0%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
7%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    41 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    30 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    42 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 12 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    42 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    42 Students rated class size 4.7 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    42 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    42 Students rated local services 4.1 stars. 52 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    42 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 43 % gave the school a 5.0.

Howard Payne University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Howard Payne University?

13 Students rated Howard Payne University

Jordan - 01/04/2020

As I considered colleges, HPU was not my first-choice school. A short while after settling on a larger college, I realized my own uncertainty. However, attempts to handle this uncertainty myself only increased my stress, so, finally, I started praying, "God, where do YOU want me to be?" Two months before graduation, God put HPU in my path. During my tour, I realized that I did not want to be a "number" on a campus or find my identity in any accomplishment. I saw the academic advantages of a smaller college, the plethora of opportunities at this University, and, most importantly, the tools I needed to grasp my identity in Christ and grow personally. The process of making my college decision was a real-life testament to Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV), "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." I am currently a freshman cheerleader studying jurisprudence in the Honors Academy here at Howard Payne University. Thankfully, I have not once experienced the common freshman feeling of being "lost in the shuffle." No matter where I go on campus, I always see a friendly face. I am proud to be completing my undergraduate studies as a Yellow Jacket. Sting 'Em!

kolbi - 02/07/2019

i will be attending soon and think it is a great college, you get the feeling of being on campus but without the chaos. all the facilities are nice and get revamped regularly.

Amy - 10/27/2018

Howard Payne is a fantastic university for someone who is devoted to God and their education. I enjoy the small class sizes and how accessible the professors are. There is always someone willing to help. Most students at Howard Payne participate in an NCAA sport. The only downside is that there isn't much to do around the community and the nearest big city is an hour away.

Elizabeth - 10/15/2018

Howard Payne is a nice little campus, but the cafeteria food is lacking, there aren't many activities for college students to do around town, the dorms are loud, advisors often screw up student schedules, and financial aid has very little knowledge when it concerns the VA benefits that will be applicable here. I was told before I came that I could use the Hazelwood act and then told I couldn't, then I had a financial advisor try to tell me I could use it, but she was wrong. I love majority of my professors, but I am transferring because the school is too expensive and as a teaching major it is not worth going into a bunch of debt.

Howard Payne University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Howard Payne University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Howard Payne University is 87%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    The best advice to give parents and students: take a deep breath! The next couple of year will be the most exciting and trying times of your lives. Finding the right college all depends on the student's career choice. Make sure the college has the right degree program and the connections for job opportunities after graduation. To make the most out of college is to jump into everything possible. It will open the door for endless friendships. Making the right friends will make or break your college experience. Lastly, take time to "smell the roses." The next couple of years will fly by, and remember to enjoy every minute!

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  3. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The facilities could be inproved, more places for students to hang out like a community gaming room or somthing. The communication between different organizations is run like a large college and HPU is not large. The need to work on communication.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    The students at Howard Payne are welcoming, enthusiastic, cheerful, and down right friendly. They will lend a hand when you need one without you even having to ask. When you're having trouble in a class they will automatically help you if you need help figuring something out. When there is a test coming up they set up study sessions, so everyone will get the information they need. They are all just good people in a very good environment.

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  5. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is not going to be interested in academics, or who is interested in continual partying. Some people do not like how small the campus is either and prefer a bigger school.

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    It's christian atmostphere.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Howard Payne University assists students by providing their immediate education, molding their vocational skills, supporting their present and future dreams, while enjoying the journey together.

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  8. What's unique about your campus?

    Because of the size, everyone is well known and cared for. There are many opportunities to get involved in whatever may interest you. Also, the classes are small and personal, which creates a great learning environment.

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  9. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    Ability to participate in musical performances, the small classes and closeness of the campus.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    As freshmen, curfew was frustrating because sometimes school organized events would go late and we still were not supposed to stay out. It is enforced to help parents relax and to help freshmen be responsible; however, realistically it only restricts the responsible students because the irresponsible students break the rules anyways. However, most freshmen broke this rule easily by planning ahead or befriending an upper-classmen. It was also frustrating as a upper-classmen Resident Assistant (RA) because it was broken so often without realistic consiquences and rearly did one fail classes or leave due to breaking this unimportant rule.

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  11. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I LOVE HOWARD PAYNE> I work on campus, hang out on campus, and just cannot say enough positive things about the experience. I have learned, experienced, and made the best memories I could ask for. THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE that you only dream of---- It's here at HPU. NO lies. Real Talk.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    This College seems to be a tipical Texas College. You don't get very many out of state College Students only like 2{4a082faed443b016e84c6ea63012b481c58f64867aa2dc62fff66e22ad7dff6c} are out of state.

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  13. What are the academics like at your school?

    I think the academic programs here are great. The professors really invest in the students, even the ones not in their classes which is amazing to me. I am double majoring in Math and Art Communication and two of the professors I've had for classes are on my top three favorite teachers EVER list and i just love taking their classes! I feel like the majority of students try to take their classes seriously and we do end up doing a lot of studying and homework together which is always really fun and relieves a lot of our stress. I would say that some students are more competitive than others, but the majority of us just try to do our best and do well in our classes. A lot of Howard Payne graduates go into really good jobs or go on to get a higher degree. The professors really try to steer you in a professional direction by giving you hands on, applicable lessons that are actually going to help you in life. One of my favorite classes that I've taken here was a Forensic Science class. We learned how to do all of these really cool forensic tests like fingerprint analysis and blood splatter analysis. Our final for that class was a mock crime scene where we had to find clues and develop a good hypothesis of what we believed happened. Our professor dressed up as a judge and we had to go in individually and ask for him to sign a warrant!! It was the best final ever!

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  14. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    I absolutely love Howard Payne! I went to a small high school, so coming here wasn't extremely overwhelming because its small for a university. Sometimes the size can be an issue because people tend to know everything about everyone which is super annoying. Also Brownwood is a pretty lame town, you pretty much have to entertain yourself cause there's not much to do in town. The people at Howard Payne are also so great; I have always felt very welcomed and important here. The professors are amazing too, they invest so much in us as students and truly want to see us succeed. Plus they're just fun! Most of my favorite people ever are at this school which I think is really saying something. Hang out spots change a lot because, like I said, there's not much to do in town so you're constantly having to come up with things to do and places to hang out. Some of my favorite memories have come about from being bored and having to think of something to entertain ourselves with. Hanging out in friends' dorms or apartments is always a good option though and something I do often.

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  15. What is the stereotype of students at your school? Is this stereotype accurate?

    Howard Payne is often seen as a "homeschool" community of people, and that it is only for the Christian believers. I don't believe this is accurate, but there are a good number of people who fit into these categories.

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  16. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I wish I had known that this college was so friendly. I jumped right into this college, without fully knowing the college and all it has to offer. I am truly glad I came to this college. It is definitely my kind of college.

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  17. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    There are such a variety of student activities at HPU. I am involved in SPC which is Student Planning Committee and we plan the new student orientation for the Fall semester. I also did SAC which is Student Activities Committee and they plan coffeehouses, movie nights, skating nights, bowling nights, raves, worship, and so much more. Athletic events are also very popular. Our girls basketball team is AMAZING. There is always something going on. People get together and play sports, games, you name it. The dating scene is entertaining. I am also involved in Delta Chi Rho, which is a Christian sorority and I love that also.

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  18. What are your classes like?

    I love my classes, mostly because the professors are all so great. I mean I have my lazy times like everyone where I don't want to go to class or I'm putting off my homework, but overall I love them. Especially when you get into your major classes.

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Student Body

Students

47%

female

53%

male

1,098

Total Undergrad Enrollment

91

Total Grad Students

2%

Out-Of-State

98%

In-State

N/A

International

Organizations

25

Student Organizations

3

Fraternities

2

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

63%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
1%
% Asian/Pacific Islander
1%
% Black or African-American
9%
% Hispanic/Latino
20%
% White or Caucasian
57%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

98% of students attending Howard Payne University receive some sort of financial aid. 46% were awarded federal grants. While 79% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$26,630

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,200

Books and Supplies

$7,800

Room and Board

35,630

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$15,456
$30 - $48K
$17,842
$48 - $75K
$19,979
$75 - $110K
$21,636
$110K & UP
$24,684

We use student reviews and the most current publicly available data on our school pages. As such, we don't typically remove or edit college information. Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Portions of college data include copyrighted material, which is reproduced on this website by permission of Wintergreen Orchard House, a division of Carnegie Communications. © 2009-2016 by Wintergreen Orchard House. All rights reserved.

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