Hardin-Simmons University Credits Tuition Freeze with New Student Increase

Hardin-Simmons University Credits Tuition Freeze with New Student Increase

By Janlyn Thaxton

 

 

 

This fall’s incoming freshmen and transfer students arepaying the same tuition rate as last fall’s incoming students. That, incombination with HSU’s long-running tuition guarantee, known as the HSU Commitment,continues to make HSU a very attractive college choice option. Hardin-Simmons University president, Dr. Lanny Hall, toldstudents, faculty, and staff gathered for convocation ceremonies today inBehrens Auditorium, “New full-time students at HSU are up 6.8% from this sametime last year.” {{more}} Vice president for enrollment and marketing management, Dr.Shane Davidson, says the number of students who transfer to HSU is also up adramatic 23.6%. Davidson credits what he calls “the double freeze,” saying, “Numberone, tuition did not go up for this year’s freshmen and transfers, and numbertwo, students can lock in their tuition rate as long as they remain full-timestudents.” HSU has been hailed as one of only a handful of universitiesin the nation where tuition does not increase to current full-time students, andHSU members of the Board of Trustees decided last October to surprise its 2012upcoming freshmen with a 0% tuition increase. Davidson says the decision was abold move and certainly the first time in recent history that there has notbeen a tuition increase in the fall for incoming students. Hall told students during convocation today that this semestermarks the 20th year for the HSU Commitment to students, whichfreezes their tuition rate at their entry level. Hall says, “HSU’s tuitionfreeze policy also means that the value of any scholarships students receive continueto maintain the same value. One of the comforting things to parents about thetuition guarantee,” says Hall “is that we assure our students there will be nosurprises. Parents and students know the very first year what the cost of theirdegree will be. They know they will not be ‘shooting at a moving target’relative to their tuition rate.” Areas of growth for HSU include the sciences, theatre,extension programs in the Logsdon School of Theology and Seminary, and graduateprograms in the School of Education and the Kelley College of Business. Newstudents were attracted to two graduate level programs that started thissemester, the Doctor of Education degree in leadership and a newspecialized M.B.A. in sports management. Athletic director, John Neese, says, “This is the fifthconsecutive year, we will have over 400 student-athletes participating in ourathletic program. Our football team has 185 athletes, which is above the averagefor a Division III program.” Neese says, “Our coaches work hard to identify andrecruit students who prefer a challenging academic environment to complementtheir athletic experience at HSU.” Head of the HSU Department of Theatre, Larry Wheeler, sayshis department has grown significantly over the last two years. Contributing toits health, theatre added a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree a year ago, which encompassesthree new areas: musical theatre, performance, and design/technical theatre. Dr. Chris McNair, dean of the Holland School of Sciences andMathematics and professor of biology, says the number of students majoring inbiology has steadily increased as interest in health care professions grows. “Speechpathology majors have also increased significantly over the last two years andmany of our undergrads have plans to continue on to advanced degrees inenvironmental management and the HSU Physical Therapy Doctoral program,” saysMcNair. The overall number of students is down slightly from lastyear, which can be attributed to a drop in part-time students. Davidson says heis very happy, however, about a 1.1% increase in full-time students, whichbrings the total head count of students attending HSU this fall to 2,301. Davidson says, “We will continue to communicate ourcommitment to affordability with our tuition rate freeze for incoming freshmenand transfer students. I like to think the word is getting out about thatcommitment.”