Ouachita Baptist University

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Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) was named for the Ouachita (pronounced Wash’-ut-taw) River which forms the campus’s eastern boundary in Arkadelphia, Arkansas (about 65 miles to the southwest of Little Rock.) This private, undergraduate, liberal arts school is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. The student body at OBU is about 55% female and 45% male.

OBU focuses on undergraduate programs (in the liberal arts) and though most students earn a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, the school offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) The university offers 64 programs via its eight academic schools: the School of Humanities, J.D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences, Sutton School of Social Sciences, Michael D. Huckabee School of Education, Chelsey and Elizabeth Pruett School of Christian Studies, School of Fine Arts, Frank D. Hickingbotham School of Business, and the School of Interdisciplinary Studies. Study abroad programs are also available to students through the Center for International Studies. In addition to core curriculum which includes two religion classes, students are required to take seven credits of chapel (this is earned by regularly attending chapel during a semester.) Two religion classes are also a part of the core curriculum.

Ouachita Baptist University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the National Association for Schools of Music, the Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE), and the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Programs (CAATE).

General Information

Admission Office

OBU Box 3776

Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001

(870) 245-5110

(800) 342-5628

Fax: (870) 245-5500

Contact: Judy Jones

Director of Admissions/Registrar
Main Address

410 Ouachita Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001

(870) 245-5000


Total undergrads: 1,493

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 404

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,437


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: No

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music History/Literature B
Music Theory/Composition B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Software engineering B

Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Drama/Dance Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
English Teacher Education B
Foreign Language Teacher Education B
French Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Speech Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature
English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature
French B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Medical Dietetics B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prenursing B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B

History – General B

Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Exercise Sciences B

Philosophy & Religion
Christian Studies A
Philosophy B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Physics B

Psychology – General B

Social Sciences
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations
Bible Studies B
Missionary Studies B
Pastoral Counseling B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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