Houston Baptist University
HBU seal.jpg
Former name
Houston Baptist College (1960–1973)[1]
MottoJohn 14:6
TypePrivate University
Established1960; 62 years ago (1960)
Religious affiliation
Baptist General Convention of Texas, SACSCOC
Endowment$90.6 million
PresidentRobert B. Sloan, Jr.
ProvostStan Napper
Academic staff
152 (2014)
Administrative staff
231 (2014)
Students4,120 (2021)
Undergraduates2,780 (2021)
Postgraduates1,340 (2021)
CampusUrban, 158 acres (64 ha)
Colors    Blue and orange
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I - Southland Conference
MascotWakiza III (Live), Mingo (Animated)
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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.


It is located in Sharpstown Section 3A,[2][3] within the Southwest Management District (formerly Greater Sharpstown) in Houston, Texas, near the Southwest Freeway.[4]

According to the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the land housing HBU is in the Chinatown area.[5]

Campus housing

The Reuben & Rebecca Bates Philips Residence Colleges for Men and Women[6] are two separate residence hall facilities for freshmen, with each serving one gender. The Sadie & Doug Hodo Residence College[7] is the largest single residential building on campus that houses both genders on opposing sides of the building. Husky Village,[8] seven apartment buildings with various layouts, are usually reserved for the university and house mostly upper classmen and staff.

Community life and worship

Eighty 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.

The university was granted an exception to Title IX in 2017 which allows it to legally discriminate against LGBT students for religious reasons.[9] University president Robert Sloan has stated that gay people do not need civil rights protections because like "a tendency towards arson or theft" homosexuality is a sinful tendency.[10]


Main article: Houston Baptist Huskies

Houston Baptist (HBU) athletic teams are the Huskies. The university is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NAIA), primarily competing in the Southland Conference since the 2013–14 academic year. The Huskies previously competed the D-I Great West Conference from 2008–09 to 2012–13 after spending one season as an NCAA D-I Independent during the 2007–08 school year (since returning back to NCAA D-I as a transitional member); in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) from 1998–99 to 2006–07; and as an NAIA Independent from 1989–90 to 1997–98.

Houston Baptist competes in 17 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and track and field (indoor and outdoor); while women's sports include basketball, beach volleyball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track and field (indoor and outdoor) and volleyball.


Houston Baptist's American football program began in 2013.[11]


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. The Huskies also won the Great West's final championship at the 2013 GWC Baseball Tournament.

Women's soccer

The HBU women's soccer team 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.

The HBU women's soccer team 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.

Women's basketball

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.

Men's soccer

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-I athletic achievements:

Notable NAIA athletic achievements:

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Houston Baptist University's History". hbu.edu. Houston Baptist University. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  2. ^ Sharpstown Section 3A Replat & Extension Blocks 1-2 (JPG, PDF). Harris County Block Book Map. Volume 94, Pages 97-99. Retrieved on August 8, 2017.
  3. ^ Printable Campus Map. Houston Baptist University. Retrieved on August 8, 2017. Interactive map
  4. ^ "Districts Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on August 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Rodriguez, Lori. "Opinions vary over naming the growing Asian community on Houston's southwest side." (Archive). See map. Alternate version without Chinatown map: "DIVERSITY DEBATE / Chinatown outgrowing name / Opinions vary over naming the growing Asian community on Houston's southwest side Archived October 11, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Houston Chronicle. Wednesday May 9, 2007. A1.
  6. ^ "Residence Colleges Archived October 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  7. ^ "Sadie & Doug Hodo Residence College Archived October 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  8. ^ "Husky Village Archived October 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  9. ^ "Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth". Campus Pride. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Dolan, Eric W. (May 7, 2014). "Houston Baptist University president compares gay people to alcoholics and arsonists". Raw Story. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  11. ^ Jansen, Steve (2013-09-25). "Whatever It Takes: Houston Baptist University Turns to Football to Build a Name". Houston Press. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 23, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2007.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2008.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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Coordinates: 29°41′38″N 95°30′54″W / 29.694°N 95.515°W / 29.694; -95.515