Houston Baptist University

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Houston Baptist University
HBU seal.jpg
MottoJohn 14:6
TypePrivate University
Established1960; 61 years ago (1960)
Endowment$90.6 million
PresidentRobert B. Sloan, Jr., PhD
ProvostStan Napper
Academic staff
152 (2014)
Administrative staff
231 (2014)
Students4,120 (2021)
Undergraduates2,780 (2021)
Postgraduates1,340 (2021)
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 158 acres (0.64 km2)
ColorsBlue and Orange
AthleticsNCAA Division I - Southland Conference
AffiliationsBaptist General Convention of Texas SACSCOC
Sports17 Varsity Sports
MascotWakiza III (Live), Mingo (Animated)
Houston Baptist University logo.jpg

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,[1][2] within the Southwest Management District (formerly Greater Sharpstown) in Houston, Texas, near the Southwest Freeway.[3]

According to the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the land housing HBU is in the Chinatown area.[4]

Campus housing[edit]

The Reuben & Rebecca Bates Philips Residence Colleges for Men and Women[5] are two separate residence hall facilities for freshmen, with each serving one gender. The Sadie & Doug Hodo Residence College[6] is the largest single residential building on campus that houses both genders on opposing sides of the building. Husky Village,[7] seven apartment buildings with various layouts, are usually reserved for the university and house mostly upper classmen and staff.

Community Life and Worship[edit]

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.[8] 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.[9]


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

  • HBU's American football program began in 2013.[10]

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:

  • 1983 NCAA high-jump champion, Ricky Thompson; t-32nd place in the 1983 Track & Field Championships
  • Alma Mater of European Tour great Colin Montgomerie
  • 1983-84 Men's basketball team participated in the NCAA tournament in the play-in game vs. Alcorn State; 1983-84 Men's basketball team led the entire NCAA in team field-goal percentage, shooting 55.2% - this is also 10th all-time in NCAA history[11]
  • Participants in the NCAA men's golf championships in 1984, 1987 (5th place), and 1988
  • Participants in the NCAA men's gymnastics championships in 1982 (10th place) and 1987 (7th place); 1987 men's gymnastics (Rings) champion, Paul O'Neill
  • 1982, 83, 84, 85 Trans-America (now Atlantic Sun) Men's soccer Champions, and conference tournament champions in 82, 84, and 85[12]
  • 1982, 83, 84, 85 Trans-America (now Atlantic Sun) men's cross country champions; individual titles won by Charlie Foreman (83 & 84) and Magnus Fyhr (85)

Notable NAIA athletic achievements:

  • 2007 NAIA Baseball World Series, 3rd place; 2007 Baseball Region VI Champions
  • Participants in NAIA Men's Basketball Tournament ten straight seasons from 1997-2007[13]
  • Dwight Jones II, son of Dwight Jones Sr. who played on the 1972 USA Olympic Silver medal basketball team in Munich, was drafted by the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Developmental League as well as the East Kentucky Miners in the CBA draft[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Printable Campus Map. Houston Baptist University. Retrieved on August 8, 2017. Interactive map
  3. ^ "Districts Archived January 6, 2009, at the Wayback Machine." Greater Sharpstown Management District. Retrieved on August 15, 2009.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "Residence Colleges Archived October 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  6. ^ "Sadie & Doug Hodo Residence College Archived October 13, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  7. ^ "Husky Village Archived October 15, 2014, at the Wayback Machine", Houston Baptist University
  8. ^ "Worst List: The Absolute Worst Campuses for LGBTQ Youth". Campus Pride. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  9. ^ Dolan, Eric W. (May 7, 2014). "Houston Baptist University president compares gay people to alcoholics and arsonists". Raw Story. Retrieved August 23, 2021.
  10. ^ Jansen, Steve (2013-09-25). "Whatever It Takes: Houston Baptist University Turns to Football to Build a Name". Houston Press. Retrieved 2018-10-22.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 23, 2007. Retrieved April 12, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on April 11, 2008. Retrieved January 10, 2008.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "FANSonly - Your Ticket to College Sports". Naia.cstv.com. Retrieved 2016-06-20.
  14. ^ [1][dead link]

Further reading[edit]

  • Looser, Donald William. "An Act of Providence: A History of Houston Baptist University 1960-2010." Pearland, Halcyon Press, Ltd., 2010.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°41′38″N 95°30′54″W / 29.694°N 95.515°W / 29.694; -95.515