University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

ARCHIVE: UMHB Ranked in First Tier by U.S. News & World Report

September 12, 2012
UMHB Ranked in First Tier by U.S. News & World Report

Washington, D.C. –The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor once again earned a top tier ranking in the Regional Universities-West category of the 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The exclusive rankings will be published in the magazine’s September issue, on newsstands on September 18 and available today online at

UMHB moved up in its overall ranking to number 46, compared to 48 last year. The university has remained in the tier-one ranking since 2005 and has remained in the top 50 master’s granting universities in the West Region since 2008.

“We are always pleased to see UMHB identified as a strong institution of learning,” said Dr. Randy O’Rear.  “We want our students to be broadly educated and well prepared to succeed in a highly competitive job market, and we want them to have a collegiate experience that fosters their spiritual growth and prepares them for lives of leadership and service.  As a university, we continuously watch for ways that we can improve and grow, and reports such as this one tell us that those efforts are not going unnoticed.”

The 2013 rankings provide a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compared on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.

UMHB has seen consistent growth in recent years, posting record enrollments in each of the last four fall semesters. According to the official eighth-day enrollment figures, 3,287 students are currently enrolled at UMHB. That is 150 more than the 3,137 students who enrolled in the fall of 2011. This year’s student body includes 2,926 undergraduate students, 278 students pursuing master’s degrees, and 83 doctoral students.

UMHB was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas. It is a private, Christian university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The university is known for its personal attention to students and for high academic standards. The mission of UMHB is to prepare students for leadership, service and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education distinguish UMHB’s Christ-centered learning community.