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About HPU


A Christian liberal arts institution, Howard Payne University prides itself on fostering a close community where personal connection is valued. Through teaching, learning and service, the faculty and staff truly invest in students' success.

At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in six schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, and Science and Mathematics. The Academy of Freedom Honors Program challenges students with a multidisciplinary curriculum and exciting travel opportunities. Co-curricular organizations include the Model UN, Moot Court and Student Speaker Bureau, and more than 50 student organizations round out the school's extracurricular options.

HPU's eighty-acre, tree-lined campus in Brownwood perches on the northern side of the Texas Hill Country. Off-campus activities include visits to nearby Lake Brownwood. Students who enjoy athletics take part in well-attended intramural sporting competitions. Student athletes at HPU compete in five men's and five women's sports through the American Southwest Conference.

Mission Statement


Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered academic community dedicated to excellence by developing and equipping the whole person for intellectual inquiry, personal and professional integrity, and service to God and humanity. Approved by the Howard Payne University Board of Trustees, July 27, 2010.

Vision Statement


Founded in 1889 for the purpose of preparing students for Christian ministry, Howard Payne University remains dedicated to honoring Christ and serving His Church by providing an educational experience that integrates faith and learning. While remaining true to its historic vision, the university has expanded its original scope to include a full array of undergraduate and graduate programs. Students, faculty, staff and administration work together under the shared values of academic excellence, service to others and Christian integrity. The university also offers selected graduate and undergraduate course work by electronic means and at extended learning centers responsive to the academic needs of the communities served.
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