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Chances of getting into Ouachita Baptist University

Acceptance Rate

Admitted 
62%
Admission Difficulty for Ouachita Baptist University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Low 
How hard is it to get into OBU and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at OBU is 62%.  It ranks #8 in Arkansas for lowest rate of acceptance. OBU is a moderately competitive school to get into with a strong chance of acceptance if you meet the requirements. Last year, 1,559 out of 2,524 applicants were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements for SAT and ACT scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 49 percent (SAT 1030/1230 ACT 21/29). Ouachita Baptist University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.72. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top quarter of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

The OBU application fee is $0 and applications are due by Jul 31.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Ouachita Baptist University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to confirm the most up to date testing requirements.

OBU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
1030-1230
Applicants Submitting SAT 
22%
SAT Scores for Ouachita Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 520
SAT Math 25th 510
SAT Composite 25th 1030
SAT Scores for Ouachita Baptist University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1230
Average SAT Score 1130

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Ouachita Baptist University?

Ouachita Baptist University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 55 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1030 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 930. The average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1130 out of 1600. OBU ranks #5 in Arkansas for highest average SAT composite score. 22 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Ouachita Baptist University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1230 and Above Good >76%
1130 to 1230 Avg + 62%-76%
1030 to 1130 Avg - 46%-62%
930 to 1030 Reach 31%-46%
Less than 930 Low <31%
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OBU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
21-29 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
88%
ACT Scores for Ouachita Baptist University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 22
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Ouachita Baptist University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 31
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 29
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into OBU?

Admission data indicates that OBU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 17 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 25 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 29 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Arkansas for highest average ACT composite score. Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 88 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Ouachita Baptist University.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Ouachita Baptist University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
29 and Above Good >76%
25 to 29 Avg + 62%-76%
21 to 25 Avg - 46%-62%
17 to 21 Reach 31%-46%
Less than 17 Low <31%
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OBU GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
3.72
Typical High School Grades 
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Ouachita Baptist University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into OBU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Ouachita Baptist University was 3.72 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Arkansas for highest average GPA. If your high school GPA meets these requirements, there is a good chance you will be accepted as OBU accepts 62% of students who apply.

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High School GPA's for admitted Ouachita Baptist University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 36.4% Good
3.75 to 3.99 24.1% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.5% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 11.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 5.5% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 5.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.5% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

66% of Ouachita Baptist University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Ouachita Baptist University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 36%
Top 25% of class 66%
Top 50% of class 89%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Ouachita Baptist University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 1,577 947 2,524
Accepted 1,015 544 1,559
Acceptance Rate 64% 57% 62%
Enrolled 239 150 389
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 28% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jul 31, 2023
Days left to Apply
240

Applicants have 240 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jul 31, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Ouachita Baptist University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Ouachita Baptist University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Ouachita Baptist University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Neither required nor recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Ouachita Baptist University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=107512 IPEDS survey data for Ouachita Baptist University.

FAQs

Does Ouachita Baptist University prefer SAT or ACT?

22% of students submit their SAT scores to OBU. 88% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Ouachita Baptist University?

62% of those who apply are granted admission to OBU. Admission competition is low and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Ouachita Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1030 and 1230. 22% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Ouachita Baptist University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 29. 88% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.