Howard Payne University

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1000 Fisk Street

Brownwood, TX 76801

Phone: (325) 646-2502
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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#14 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Howard Payne University is a private institution that was founded in 1889. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,091, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Howard Payne University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 14. Its tuition and fees are $23,200 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

In keeping with the university's commitment to small classes and personalized instruction, science students conduct original research with faculty members in their areas. The results of these research projects are routinely submitted to competitive scholastic organizations like the Texas Academy of Science. Howard Payne students routinely achieve recognition in these forums.
The university is committed to providing learning outside the classroom. Students across the academic disciplines engage in competitions for creative awards. Participation in Model Senate, Model U.N., Student Speakers Bureau, forensic competition, and intercollegiate student government organizations are examples.
The Douglas MacArthur Academy of Freedom, our widely-acclaimed honors program, produces innovative leaders in law, politics, business, ministry, government, medicine, education, psychology and social work. Students in our pre-law program prepare for law school by participating in Moot Court where they have won numerous awards while competing against some of the largest universities in Texas.
The School of Christian Studies sponsors a Youth Ministry Workshop led by veteran youth ministers from across the country. Our students receive valuable insight and make contacts with professional mentors and role models who are serving in the field.
The university theatre program engages students from all academic disciplines. Because Brownwood is a regional cultural center, these performances are community-wide events.
Music students perform junior- and senior-level recitals that draw audiences from across the campus and the community. Art students' creative works also are shared campus-wide and made available for public viewing.
Professional education in business, teacher education, and social work prepare highly marketable graduates.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1889
Religious affiliation Baptist
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $45,704,748


When applying to Howard Payne University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 50.3 percent.

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Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 50.3%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Howard Payne University is 11:1, and the school has 72.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Howard Payne University include: Social Sciences; Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 61.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 35%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 9%
Education 8%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 6%
Psychology 6%

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Student Life

Howard Payne University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,091, with a gender distribution of 50.1 percent male students and 49.9 percent female students. At this school, 56.6 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 43.4 percent of students live off campus. Howard Payne University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,130
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Howard Payne University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and health service. Howard Payne University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Howard Payne University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Howard Payne University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Howard Payne University, 83.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,104.

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Tuition and fees $23,200 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,858 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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