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|President||Robert B. Sloan, Jr., PhD|
|Students||3,325 (Fall 2017)|
|Undergraduates||2,316 (Fall 2017)|
|Postgraduates||1,009 (Fall 2017)|
|Campus||Urban, 100 acres (0.40 km2)|
|Colors||Blue and Orange|
|Athletics||NCAA Division I - Southland Conference|
|Affiliations||Baptist General Convention of Texas SACSCOC|
|Sports||17 Varsity Sports|
|Mascot||Wakiza III (Live), Mingo (Animated)|
Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Baptist university in Sharpstown, Houston, Texas. The university was founded in 1960. Its Cultural Arts Center houses three museums: the Dunham Bible Museum, the Museum of American Architecture and Decorative Arts, and the Museum of Southern History.
A wide variety of undergraduate majors are offered and pre-professional programs range from Biblical Languages to Nursing. All classes are faculty-taught and more than half the classes have fewer than 20 students. HBU also offers graduate programs in business, Christian counseling, psychology, the liberal arts, visual arts, and education.
The Reuben & Rebecca Bates Philips Residence Colleges for Men and Women are two separate residence hall facilities for freshmen, with each serving one gender. The Sadie & Doug Hodo Residence College is the largest single residential building on campus that houses both genders on opposing sides of the building. Husky Village, seven apartment buildings with various layouts, are usually reserved for the university and house mostly upper classmen and staff.
80 Community Life and Worship Credits (CLW Credits) are required for graduation from HBU. Transfer students are also allotted 0.75 CLW Credits for each credit hour transferred into the university. CLW Credits may be accrued from a variety of opportunities including: campus service, a weekly traditional chapel service known as Convocation, a weekly student-led contemporary worship service known as Quest, small group Bible studies, lecture series and through the Assisting Communities Through Students office which coordinates community service and volunteer work in the Houston community. The on-campus "Community Life and Worship" biyearly magazine lists the different opportunities through which students may earn CLW Credits. The spiritual life office also awards Credits for students who participate in church or university sponsored mission trips. Read more about HBU's CLW program.
Houston Baptist is a member of the Southland Conference. They joined the league in 2013. From 2008–2013, Houston Baptist competed as a member of the Great West Conference, winning the league's final championship at the 2013 GWC Baseball Tournament. The Great West, which had previously been a football-only conference, expanded on July 10, 2008, to become an all-sports conference. HBU accepted an invitation to join the newly expanded conference along with NJIT, North Dakota, South Dakota, University of Texas–Pan American and Utah Valley University.
HBU, which was a member of NCAA Division I until moving to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in 1989, began its transition back to Division I in 2007-08. The Huskies field teams in 17 sports.
Men: Basketball, Baseball, American Football, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross-Country, Golf
Women: Basketball, Softball, Volleyball, Beach Volleyball, Soccer, Indoor Track and Field, Outdoor Track and Field, Cross Country, Golf
The HBU baseball team participated in the 2015 NCAA Baseball Tournament, winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship in Sugar Land, Texas, and advanced to the Houston Regional, hosted by the University of Houston.
Women's soccer participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship in Beaumont, Texas, before falling to No. 5 Texas A&M in the first round.
Women's soccer made their second appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2016 after winning the Southland Conference Tournament championship in Corpus Christi, Texas. They fell to No. 1 Stanford in the first round.
During the 2016 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, senior Anna Strickland posted 21 points, 31 rebounds, eight assists, and seven blocked shots in the Huskies' first-round loss to Lamar University. Her 31 rebounds broke the Southland Conference single-game record, established a new tournament record, and were the most rebounds in Division I women's basketball in 2016. Strickland's all-around stat sheet has not been achieved in men's or women's Division I basketball or the NBA in the past twenty years.
Two student athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-American status: volleyball's Allison Doerpinghaus and men's soccer's Bryan Brody. Both students earned the honor in 2015. They join numerous student-athletes who have earned CoSIDA Academic All-District and academic all-conference honors, and numerous Academic All-American at the NIAA level.
Notable NCAA D-1 athletic achievements:
Notable NAIA athletic achievements:
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