Hardin Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University was founded as Abilene Baptist College in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors who sought to bring Christian higher education to the Southwest. The original land was donated to the university by Rancher C.W. Merchant. The college was renamed Simmons College in 1892 in honor of an early contributor, James B. Simmons. In 1925, it became Simmons University. It was once again renamed to Hardin-Simmons University in 1934 in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin who were also major contributors. [1]

The University has been associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941. Its students come from diverse backgrounds and a variety of Christian denominations. With an approximate enrollment of 2,300, the student-teacher ratio is 14:1.

A fully accredited university, Hardin-Simmons offers six undergraduate degrees with 70 majors, and seven graduate degrees with 18 programs.


United States

Hardin-Simmons University, 2200 Hickory
Phone: (325) 670-1000
Website: www.hsutx.edu

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Our Aims

1. Our students will flourish within a Christian environment, participating in a visual arts curriculum that examines historical context, contemporary issues and imaging technology while balancing both theory and practice.

2. Above all, we teach our students to be creative problem-solvers with open, responsible and flexible attitudes, capable of generating multiple solutions to contemporary visual challenges.

3. We foster a regionally and nationally recognized faculty who practice a balanced dedication to teaching, artistic execution and promotion of the arts.

4. We are committed to maintaining up-to-date imaging technology and curriculum in tandem with liberal arts breadth and foundation.

5. We continually emphasize safety and a working environment conducive to creative learning and individualized attention.

6. We prepare our students to be competitive in the visual arts job market and exhibition circuit.

7. We are committed to ongoing interaction with and recognition of our alumnae.  

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