Ouachita Baptist University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

Ouachita Baptist University Tiger
Ouachita Baptist University Tiger. Brandonrush / Wikimedia Commons

Ouachita Baptist University Admissions Overview:

Ouachita Baptist University, with an admittance rate of 68% in 2015, is neither highly selective nor open to all applicants. Successful applicants generally have good grades and test scores. Along with an application, prospective students will need to send in high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. For more information, visit the school's website, or contact the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2015):

  • Ouachita Baptist University Acceptance Rate: 67%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Ouachita Baptist University Description:

Founded in 1886, Ouachita Baptist University is a private, four-year Southern Baptist college located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, near DeGray Lake Resort and Hot Springs National Park. Henderson State University borders the OBU campus, and Little Rock is about an hour away. Ouachita is a small college with an individualized focus; students are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. The university offers a variety of undergraduate programs across its seven schools: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Business, Education, Humanities, Christian Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Fine Arts. Ouachita students stay busy outside of the classroom, and they can choose from a range of clubs and intramural sports. On the intercollegiate front, the Ouachita Tigers compete in the NCAA Division II Great American Conference, and they were the first college in Arkansas to offer an NCAA wrestling program. Ouachita has an active spiritual life, including campus ministries and national and international mission trips for any students interested.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,493 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 47% Male / 53% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $24,940
  • Books: $1,100 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,380
  • Other Expenses: $2,540
  • Total Cost: $35,960

Ouachita Baptist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $15,928
    • Loans: $6,452

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Mass Communications, Music, Psychology, Theater

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 81%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 59%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 70%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Wrestling, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Swimming, Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Basketball, Cross Country

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Ouachita Baptist University Mission Statement:

mission statement from https://www.obu.edu/about/vision-mission-and-values/

"Ouachita Baptist University is a Christ-centered learning community. Embracing the liberal arts tradition, the university prepares individuals for ongoing intellectual and spiritual growth, lives of meaningful work, and reasoned engagement with the world."

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