Ouachita Baptist University

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410 Ouachita

Arkadelphia, AR 71998

Phone: (870) 245-5000
2013-2014 Tuition
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#173 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Ouachita Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1886. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,532, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 200 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Ouachita Baptist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 173. Its tuition and fees are $22,340 (2013-14).

Ouachita Baptist University is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, about 65 miles southwest of Little Rock. Unless they live with a parent or guardian, all students under 22 are required to live on campus in one of the residence halls, which are all single-gender, or in university-owned apartments. Although there are no national Greek organizations on campus, there are a few local social club chapters. Students can also choose from a wide range of academic, service and professional organizations. The OBU Tigers field a number of NCAA Division II athletic teams, including football, basketball, soccer, tennis and swimming. OBU's Outdoor Recreation program offers hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, rock climbing and canoe trips throughout the year.

Ouachita Baptist University is organized into eight different schools and colleges: the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Frank D. Hickingbotham School of Business, Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies, Michael D. Huckabee School of Education, School of Fine Arts, School of Humanities, J. D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences and W.H. Sutton School of Social Sciences. The Carl Goodson Honors Program offers motivated students a more challenging academic experience. The Academic Enrichment Center aids students through peer tutoring, academic and social counseling, career counseling, financial aid information and by giving access to events on campus. Academic and social life at OBU are guided by the school's Christian mission.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Ouachita Baptist University is a Christ-centered, liberal arts university seeking to foster a love of God and all creation, the desire to grow in knowledge of the universe, and the commitment to serve God through serving the people of the world.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1886
Religious affiliation Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $81,062,721


When applying to Ouachita Baptist University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 69.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 69.1%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Ouachita Baptist University is 13:1, and the school has 54.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Ouachita Baptist University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Theology and Religious Vocations; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Education; and Health Professions and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 78.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 13:1
4-year graduation rate 50%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Theology and Religious Vocations 14%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
Education 9%
Health Professions and Related Programs 8%

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Student Life

Ouachita Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,532, with a gender distribution of 46.3 percent male students and 53.7 percent female students. At this school, 96 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 4 percent of students live off campus. Ouachita Baptist University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,532
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Ouachita Baptist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Ouachita Baptist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Ouachita Baptist University, 88 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Ouachita Baptist University.

Students who have cars on campus 88%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Ouachita Baptist University, 61.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $13,534.

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Tuition and fees $22,340 (2013-14)
Room and board $6,640 (2013-14)
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