Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University

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 & diving, football, soccer, golf, cross country, baseball and softball.

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Ouachita Baptist University
410 Ouachita St
Arkadelphia , AR 71998-0001
General Phone: (870) 245-5000

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Ouachita Baptist University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts40Russian language, Spanish language, English, speech and rhetoric, political science, sociology, history
Business and Management37business management, accounting
Religion and Philosophy32philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, bible studies, missionary studies, religious music, theology, pastoral counseling and ministries
Science31biology, chemistry, physics
Therapy and Counseling30psychology, communication disorders services
Education and Teaching29middle school teaching, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, social studies teaching, Spanish teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy22health and physical education, athletic trainer, dietitian
Media13mass communication
Design9graphic design
Music8music, music performance, music theory and composition
Drama and Performing Arts7drama
Fine Arts2fine arts
Computer Science and Engineering1computer science

Number of programs and degrees for Ouachita Baptist University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree26341

Ouachita Baptist University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Ouachita Baptist University had a total enrollment of 1,448 students (1,377 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 46%
Women 54%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 8%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 45%
20-21 40%
22-24 9%
25-29 1%
30-34 1%
35-39 0%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)2%

Ouachita Baptist University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %

Ouachita Baptist University Room and Board (2007)

Ouachita Baptist University offers campus housing for 1,520 of its 1,377 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Arkadelphia, Arkansas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Arkansas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Ouachita Baptist University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal470600
SAT Math490590
ACT Verbal2129
ACT Math2027
ACT Composite2127

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT34%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT84%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Ouachita Baptist University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 18,400
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 18,400
Room and board $ 5,530
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,500

Financial Aid:
Ouachita Baptist University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 110200)

Ouachita Baptist University Faculty

Ouachita Baptist University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track209
Non-tenured and not on tenure track47

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year34$61,84810$50,121
Associate professoracademic year21$55,0846$43,950
Assistant professoracademic year19$44,91214$44,248
Instructoracademic year4$46,9254$36,681
All faculty totalacademic year78$55,13634$45,033

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Ouachita Baptist University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Gulf South Conference
Basketball Gulf South Conference
Baseball Gulf South Conference
Track Gulf South Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports4060100

Ouachita Baptist University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Graphic Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Spanish Language Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies

Mathematics, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)
Health and Physical Education, General

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Pastoral Counseling and Specialized Ministries, Other
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religious/Sacred Music
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Communication Disorders Sciences and Services, Other
Psychology, General

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