THE UNIVERSITY OF MARY HARDIN-BAYLOR (UMHB) prepares students for lives of leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society. Academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship, and a Baptist vision for education have distinguished this Christ-centered learning community for more than 176 years.
The university offers more than seventy academic programs, including bachelor’s degrees in 58 undergraduate majors, sixteen master’s degree programs, and three doctoral degrees in education, nursing practice, and physical therapy. In 2021, UMHB added the Master of Science in Physician Assistant program and a new Bachelor of Arts in Southwest Borderlands Studies.
An athletic powerhouse, the university competes in the American Southwest Conference of NCAA Division III. Crusader student-athletes now participate in sixteen sports with the addition of beach volleyball that begins its inaugural season in spring 2022. The school has won national titles in both football and golf and celebrated five American Southwest Conference Championships in the 2020-2021 season.
On campus, the nearly three-acre McClinton Family Intramural Fields are being converted from natural grass to artificial turf and will boast new lighting, a pavilion, and permanent striping for the recreational sports played on the fields. A video board at Crusader Stadium will double in size and provide superior clarity and brightness to enhance the game-day experience, as well as many other campus functions such as concerts, movie nights, student recruiting, and commencement ceremonies.