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Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

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Ouachita Baptist University overview
Location Arkadelphia, Arkansas
Online obu.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
Ouachita Baptist University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Ouachita Baptist University (OBU), located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, is a private, liberal arts institution with a history that extends back to its founding in 1886. Approximately 65 miles southwest of Little Rock, OBU occupies a campus characterized by its noteworthy blend of historic and modern architecture. The university emphasizes a residential experience with a variety of on-campus housing options for students. Academically, Ouachita Baptist is comprised of eight schools offering a range of undergraduate programs with particularly strong emphases in Natural Sciences, Business, and Christian Studies. The institution's application process is moderately selective. While OBU is not primarily recognized for its athletic programs, it competes in NCAA Division II sports as the Ouachita Tigers within the Great American Conference.

In the most recent statistical year 2,063 prospective students applied, and 1,492 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 445 enrolled in the school.  1,608 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 176 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $30,500 plus fees of $680. OBU is ranked 474 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












OBU is rated within the top 45% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Ouachita Baptist University overview
SAT 1020/1200
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.72

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Ouachita Baptist University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,100
Other Fees$680
Room and Board $8,800
Budget for Other Expenses$4,250
Total One Year Cost$45,330

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$43,400 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Ouachita Baptist University students
Subject Percent of Class
Theology and Religious Vvocations 20%
Business 15%
Education 9%
Biology 8%
Visual and Performing Arts 8%

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