Ouachita Baptist University

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School Overview

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.

Ouachita Baptist University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (870) 245-5000
Website: www.obu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online: www.obu.edu/admissions/apply/
Address: 410 Ouachita St, Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Setting: Town: Distant
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 1,633
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 64%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,465 (90% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $27,900
Out-of-state Tuition: $27,900
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $18,647

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Ouachita Baptist University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Ouachita Baptist University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 3
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 10
Engineering 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 2
Health Professions and Related Programs 4
History 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 5
Philosophy and Religious Studies 13
Physical Sciences 4
Psychology 1
Social Sciences 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 6
Visual and Performing Arts 11
Grand total 272

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Ouachita Baptist University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $27,900
Out-of-state $27,900
Books and supplies $1,100

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $0
Out-of-state $0

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 438 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 436 98% $18,647
Student loan aid 320 72% $6,189

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,506 91% $19,987
Federal student loans 1,012 61% $6,149

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Ouachita Baptist University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Ouachita Baptist University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 2,538 954 1,584
Percent admitted 100% 60% 63%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 19% 17%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Ouachita Baptist University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 1,633
Undergraduate enrollment 1,633
Graduate enrollment 0

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Ouachita Baptist University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

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