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Experience Diversity in Education at Houston Baptist University

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to finding a college or university, you have to find the right fit for you. Not every school works for every student, but there are several options out there. Whether you're looking for a flexible schedule, small class sizes, or a faith-based environment, there is a school just right for you. For those who want a school rich in sports, diversity, liberal education, and a driven faith community, Houston Baptist University should be on your list to check out.

Houston Baptist University has been offering high quality education to Baptist/Christian students since September 1963. When the school first opened its doors, it had a student enrollment of 193 students and 30 faculty members. Since then, the University has expanded tremendously. They now boast an enrollment of over 3,000 students and offer over 40 majors.

The Houston Baptist University is perhaps one of the most distinctive campuses in the Christian/Baptist field of education. Aside from being in a major city, the school has many other traits that pull them out in front of the pack, when it comes to both private and Christian/Baptist schools. They compete in Division I athletics in the Southland Conference and offer a strong liberal arts core curriculum. "Another unique aspect about HBU is our diversity," states James Steen, Vice President of Houston Baptist University.

"In fact, we have been cited as being one of the most diverse private/Christian universities in the nation." Steen went on to explain that HBU has the designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (25% or more of the student body) and recently qualified for a Title V grant from the Department of Education. Both of which are very impressive feats for a privatized University.

Steen claims it's more than just their diversity that helps pull HBU into the front-running for student recruitment. "The mission of HBU is to provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, 'Jesus Christ is Lord,'" he says. "That is very different from most other university mission statements and truly sets HBU apart in the Houston metro-area."

The University is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and a member of the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities. Other accrediting organizations include Texas Education Agency (TEA) for the preparation of teachers for elementary and secondary schools at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Texas Board of Nursing for undergraduate degree programs in nursing, and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs for The Archie W. Dunham College of Business.

"HBU is a selective university," Steen concludes. "Our students come from a diverse mosaic of backgrounds that are represented in Houston." The University aims to provide a quality education to students, while strengthening their moral character and enrich their spiritual lives.

HBU encourages students to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. "Our students love the personal attention and caring community at HBU," says Steen. "[The University] helps to contribute to their success and prepare them for their future vocation."

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