Howard Payne University



Howard Payne University is a Christ-centered, close-knit academic community located in the heart of Texas since 1889.

At HPU, students choose from more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional programs in seven schools: Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. The Guy D. Newman Honors Academy 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 25 student organizations round out the school’s extracurricular options.

HPU’s 80-acre, tree-lined campus in Brownwood is situated 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 six men’s and six women’s NCAA Division III sports through the American Southwest Conference.


HPU is located in Brownwood, approximately 120 miles southwest of Dallas/Fort Worth, 130 miles northwest of Austin and 190 miles northeast of
San Antonio.

Click here for a map to help you find your way around campus. If you need assistance with directions, please contact HPU’s Office of University Marketing and Communications at or 325-649-8009.

HPU Online

Click here to visit the HPU’s main website. For HPU’s athletics website, click here.

Future Students

The best way to learn about a university is to visit the campus and see it for yourself. If you’re a student considering HPU as a choice for college, click here for information on scheduling a visit.

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.

Core Values

Howard Payne University’s mission and vision are built on the foundation of certain core values. Click here for more information.

Vision Statement

Howard Payne University aspires to be a premier Christian university, intentionally engaging the life of the mind and the life of the Spirit.


The educational program of the university is presented to residential and commuting students at its main campus in Brownwood, Texas, and to commuting students in New Braunfels and El Paso, Texas. The instructional programs are presented through a variety of media, including traditional face-to-face lectures, laboratory experiences and electronic delivery. Various academic programs engage in service learning that includes a public outreach component. These are addressed in the learning outcomes of individual programs. Howard Payne University is not a research institution and does not include research in its Mission Statement.


Howard Payne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Howard Payne University.