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).
OBU Box 3776
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Fax: (870) 245-5500
Contact: Judy Jones
Director of Admissions/Registrar
410 Ouachita Street
Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Total undergrads: 1,493
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 404
Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,437
College has an application fee: No
Percent applicants admitted: 66%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 74%
Arts, Visual & Performing
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
English Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Philosophy & Religion
Theological Studies & Religious Vocations
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:|
B = Bachelor’s degree
C = Certificate or diploma
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