Hardin-Simmons University or HSU is a private Baptist university located in Abilene, Texas. It was founded in 1871 by a group of cattlemen and pastors in partnership with the Sweetwater Baptist Association for the primary purpose of establishing a higher education Christian university in the Southwest. Initially called the Abilene Baptist College, it was only in 1934 that the college, which was now a university, adopted the name Hardin-Simmons University.
A broad range of undergraduate and graduate level programs are available at Hardin-Simmons. It also has special programs in academics, international studies, and leadership.
Undergraduate students need to complete a comprehensive liberal arts course before moving on to their degree program. Once they have completed the core liberal arts course, they can then choose their undergraduate degrees through the school’s various colleges: The Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts, Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics, Irvin School of Education, Kelley College of Business, Logsdon School of Theology, Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing, and the School of Music and Fine Arts.
The university also offers Master of Arts, Science, Business Administration, Education, Music, and Divinity as well as Doctor of Physical Therapy for its graduate program and special programs in academics, international studies and leadership. .
For academic year 2009-2010, cost of tuition per semester hour for undergraduate students is US$665 and for graduate students, US$675. Students enrolled in the Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing pay tuition per semester hour of US$595 for undergraduate students and US$615 for graduate students. For graduate students of Logsdon Seminary, the tuition cost per semester hour is US$350.
On-campus housing facilities are available at the university.
For more information about admissions, financial aid or online learning opportunities such as distance education degree programs or online classes, please contact Hardin-Simmons University.