Traditional Undergraduate Admissions

Houston Christian University offers a broad diversity of academic, cultural, professional, spiritual and relational opportunities. With eight schools and colleges offering 76 majors and nine pre-professional programs, come and learn what we mean by A Higher Education at HCU. Apply for our campus or online programs and start something new!

Just Getting Started?

New here? No problem. Here’s where to start.

The Basics

  • Location: Houston, TX
  • Type: Private
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 16:1
  • Undergrad Enrollment: 2,780
  • Ethnic Diversity: 69%

HCU At-a-Glance

A Higher Education

Inside or outside of the classroom, we give you a foundation you will build upon the rest of your life. Our programs are designed to foster meaningful discussion around the questions that matter, and the ideas that shape the world.

Spiritual Life


The numbers can be daunting, but dig a little deeper and you will find that most HCU students are eligible for scholarships.  Eligibility consideration for most of our merit awards is automatic with your application for admission.

Tuition and Aid

Considering Houston Christian University?

Here’s how to show your interest and get to know us.

Freshmen Students

Become a part of a Christian university committed to academic excellence, the enrichment of spiritual lives and the development of moral character.

Freshmen Student Admission

Transfer Students

Apply and see why students are choosing HCU to continue their education. Receive a decision within two weeks and a Progress Toward Degree document two days after that.

Transfer Student Admission

International Students

Chances are you will feel at home at HCU. The university has a very diverse student population from many different cultural and religious backgrounds.

International Student Admission

        • Homeschool freshmen are students whose primary or secondary level education has been conducted at home in their community overseen by their parents or parentally designated other, rather than in a public or private institutional school setting. Please visit our Homeschool student page.
        • Post-Baccalaureate: Students with a bachelors degree who are either seeking a second degree or looking to take undergraduate courses for other reasons, such as taking the prerequisites for med school.
            • Post-baccalaureate students should apply using the transfer application and send the official transcript from the college that the degree was earned.
              • Post-baccalaureate students are not eligible for freshman or transfer merit awards.
          • Degree-seeking post-baccalaureate students are eligible for financial aid through the FAFSA.
        • Transient Students: Transient students are current undergraduate students at a university other than HCU who desire to enroll at HCU for a single term with the intention of taking the credit back to their university. This excludes students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree. Please view the Transient Student procedures.
        • Previous Undergraduate Applicants: If you have been admitted to HCU within the last year but did not attend, you do not have to re-apply. Instead, please complete the online update form and select your desired entry term. If it has been more than a year since your acceptance, you will need to reapply.
        • Previous HCU Students: If you have previously attended HCU and wish to return please see the readmission process.

Upcoming Events

Sat., February 25, 2023

9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For high school students and prospective transfer students

Get a close-up look at A Higher Education during this one-day, comprehensive showcase of our campus. During Husky Preview, you will have the opportunity to find out everything you need to know about Houston Christian University—all in one day! Join us for a special interest session on your major of choice, learn more about the financial aid process, tour the HCU residence halls, meet current students at the Student Organization Social, eat lunch on campus, and much more! Attendees are able to learn more about life and learning at HCU. RSVP to save your spot today!

Sat., Jan. 28, 2023

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

For high school students and prospective transfer students

Come join us for a Saturday morning visit and get a glance of A Higher Education at Houston Christian University! We can’t wait to welcome you to campus to showcase what life and learning are like at HCU. Our admissions counselors are ready to go in-depth about what it means to be an HCU student during information sessions. Parents and families are welcome and invited to join their students during this event. 

Sat., April 15, 2023

2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

For interested high school students and guests

Junior Saturday is an event designed for all students who are interested in Houston Christian University to take a more in-depth look into what it means to be an HCU student. Parents and families are welcome and invited to join us and learn more about life and learning at HCU. Join us for workshops and panels designed to inform about financial aid, the application process and more. There is a surprise gift for all who attend!

On Campus Visits

If you’d prefer to visit our campus, we have plenty of options – socially distanced, of course! Sign up for a personal campus tour!

Don’t stop here. There’s more to explore!

HCU at a Glance

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