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Ouachita Baptist University, often abbreviated as OBU, is a private, co-educational university located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, United States. It was established on September 6, 1886 as Ouachita College. Later, in 1965, the college expanded its curriculum and was renamed as Ouachita Baptist University. The university campus stretches across 160 acres of suburban land. The schools within Ouachita Baptist University include the following:
  • Chesley and Elizabeth Pruet School of Christian Studies
  • Frank D. Hickingbotham School of Business
  • J. D. Patterson School of Natural Sciences
  • Michael D. Huckabee School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Humanities
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • W. H. Sutton School of Social Sciences
The sports teams of OBU are known as the Tigers. The official mascot of the university is the Tiger. The students of the university show their mettle in intercollegiate basketball, swimming and diving, football, soccer, golf, cross country, baseball and softball.

Profile of Ouachita Baptist UniversityOuachita Baptist University is located in Arkadelphia, AR (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a Southern Baptist school. Ouachita Baptist University is a private, not-for-profit institution. The highest degree level offered by the school is the Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Ouachita Baptist University has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. The school is known for its programs in media, music, and drama and performing arts.

Ouachita Baptist University Selectivity

Ouachita Baptist University does not offer open admission. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 480. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 490 and 620.

Ouachita Baptist University maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

Ouachita Baptist University had 1, 448 enrolled students in 2007.

Student Life
The school has a residential or campus feel. Ouachita Baptist University offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Ouachita Baptist University values student athletics, and belongs to the Gulf South Conference. The school offers athletic financial aid to more of its students than do most colleges. Ouachita Baptist University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts45political science, history, English, sociology, speech and rhetoric, Spanish language, Biblical languages
Religion and Philosophy42pastoral Counselling and ministries, bible studies, missionary studies, philosophy, theology
Business and Management38business management, accounting
Therapy and Counselling25communication disorders services, psychology
Education and Teaching22early childhood education, music teaching, secondary teaching, speech teaching, middle school teaching, art Education
Media18mass communication
Music18music, voice, music theory and composition
Science18biology, chemistry
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy13dietitian, health and physical education, athletic trainer
Drama and Performing Arts11drama
Design7graphic design
Fine Arts5fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science
Contact: Ouachita Baptist UniversityOuachita Baptist University

410 Ouachita St

Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001

General Phone: (870) 245-5000


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