Dr. Robert Sloan addresses transition to Ƶ as part of campaign to raise student body to 10,000

HBU is now Ƶ

Updated Name Part of Campaign to Raise Student Body to 10,000

Dr. Robert Sloan addresses transition to Ƶ Play Video
Mon'Sher Spencer, Director of Student Life, answers the question 'Did the university get a new logo, new colors, a new mascot and/or new on-campus branding?'

Did the university get a new logo, new colors, a new mascot and/or new on-campus branding?

Dr. Robert Sloan, President of Ƶ, answers the question 'Why did the University change its name?'

Why did the University change its name?

Eduardo Borges, Assistant Provost, answers the question 'Did the name change affect the University’s core convictions?'

Did the name change affect the University’s core convictions?

James Steen, Vice President of Enrollment Management, answers the question 'How did the name change affect the FAFSA application process?'

How did the name change affect the FAFSA application process?

Saleim Kahleh,Associate University Minister, answers the question 'Are non-Christians welcome to attend Ƶ?'

Are non-Christians welcome to attend Ƶ?

Our mission is to provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, "Jesus Christ is Lord."
  • After several years of research and the Board of Trustees' prayerful review, the University desired to adopt a name that welcomes the many students enrolled who come from many different denominations of the Christian faith as well as those who claim no faith.

    On September 21, 2022, Houston Baptist University became Ƶ.

    “Ƶ” epitomizes our student body and reflects the faculty, staff, alumni, and community we serve more accurately.

    The University’s Foundational documents clearly reveal our convictions as an institution of higher learning have not and will not change. Our unwavering brand of traditional Christian higher education, rooted in a biblical worldview, is ever more critical in a fractured society in need of Gospel restoration. We are committed to being a distinctly Christian university and desire to welcome all Christians to benefit from our excellent academic programs.

    Ƶ will not conform to this world and will continue to boldly glorify God by molding the next generation of educated disciples to think critically and act biblically long after they graduate.

  • After several years of research and prayerful review, the Board of Trustees officially approved the new name of Ƶ on May 17, 2022.

    Since then, the University has partnered with Carnegie, a leader and innovator in higher education marketing and enrollment strategy, to take our brand of traditional Christian higher education to the next generation of students.

    We are continuing our branding and growth campaign alerting our city and nation of our distinct commitment to higher education.

  • We received the revamped logo and updated design. The new name and branding will be used on our summer graduation 2023 diplomas. We are coordinating with our diploma, ring and merchandise providers to allow alumni to purchase rebranded replacements if so desired. Details and costs may be obtained at the HCU bookstore.

  • No. While the University’s founding was recommended by actions of the Union Baptist Association in 1952, it has remained autonomous and is not owned or controlled by any denomination. According to Article III, Section 1 of our bylaws, “the business and affairs of the corporation shall be under the sole management and control of the Board of Trustees.”

    The University shares a cooperative relationship with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (Texas Baptists). In addition, the University enjoys a fraternal relationship with the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention.

  • The name change and growth plan is funded through a Board-approved distribution from the University’s endowment as an investment in the future and in the great potential of our students. There are no current tuition or fee revenues being used to fund the name change transition or the initial phase of the growth plan.

  • Yes. The revised logo was unveiled May 8, 2023 to faculty and staff during the University’s End-of-the-Year Celebration in Belin Chapel. In addition to positioning HCU for innovation and growth, the new logo and brand identity pays tribute to HCU’s storied history as a faith-based educational institution committed to Christ-centered excellence.

  • Not necessarily. The main goal of your resume or CV is to accurately present relevant information in a clear format. You have several options of listing your alma mater including “Ƶ” or “Ƶ (formerly Houston Baptist University).”

  • Yes. The application for the new University web address including HC.edu was approved last fall and the transition is expected to begin in August 2023 with the fall semester. HBU.edu emails will be forwarded to HC.edu email addresses. Note: There is no current plan to retire hbu.edu email addresses. Once the transition date is confirmed, a more detailed plan about University email addresses will be communicated. In the meantime, continue to use your HBU.edu email address as normal.

  • Growth. Our renaming and growth campaign will expand our residential campus to 4,200 students and our online campus to 5,800 students. Combined, this growth to a total of 10,000 students will extend the influence of our enriching experience and enlarge the reputation as a university of Christian integrity and excellence.

  • Yes. For more than 60 years, we have embraced students of all faiths (or none). The cultural and religious diversity of our student body demonstrates that our biblical hospitality of Christian charity and open dialog creates a welcoming and supportive atmosphere.

    Since we are unashamedly a Christian university, all students–regardless of religious background–engage the Bible and core Christian beliefs, and all students are expected to abide by university guidelines, including attendance at spiritual life events and regular chapel services.

    As leaders in Christian education, we seek to serve as an intellectual and spiritual compass guided by our faith, illuminating a path of personal and professional growth for our students. Our enriching experience welcomes students into a Christian community that sparks continued discernment and exploration of our biblical worldview without compromising our values.

  • Yes. The new web address is HC.edu.

  • The University’s new name did not affect our accreditation status. HCU continues to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

  • Our beloved Husky mascot continues to champion our 17 Division I sports! And we are still orange and blue.

    Our athletic website address is now .

    New athletic gear adorned with “HCU,” “Huskies” and “Houston Christian” is being introduced and “HBU” apparel, as well as updated signage in the various sporting venues across campus, is being replaced.

  • No. The University’s mission and core convictions, which we call The Ten Pillars 2030, remain the same, rooted in the authoritative Word of God. The Preamble to the By-Laws of the University (The Nature of the Institution) was approved by the Board of Trustees in 1961 and will not change.

    Likewise, the mission of Ƶ remains unchanged. HCU continues to provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, “Jesus Christ is Lord.”

    Our entire faculty and staff resolutely affirm our statement of belief from our Foundational documents as well as our Mission Statement.

    All trustees, officers, members of the faculty or of the staff, and those who perform work connected with the educational activities of the University, must affirm their belief:

    • in the divine inspiration of the Bible, both the Old Testament and New Testament,
    • that man was directly created by God,
    • in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ,
    • in our Lord and Savior, as the Son of God, that He died for the sins of all men and thereafter arose from the grave, that by repentance and the acceptance of and belief in Him, by the grace of God, the individual is saved from eternal damnation and receives eternal life in the presence of God.

    In September of 2021, the Board of Trustees further strengthened the University’s core convictions when they unanimously approved The Ten Pillars 2030.

    Our holistic approach and biblical worldview to integrating faith and education teaches each of us to communicate our core convictions with assuredness.

  • More than 90% of our undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, so this is an important question. The process of applying for financial aid remains unchanged. Prospective students applying for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will continue to use the same institutional code (003576) on aid applications as before the name change.

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