East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, coeducational Christian university in Marshall, Texas, United States associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
ETBU is located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation, which is at the highest altitude in Harrison County. ETBU was founded as the College of Marshall in 1912, after a campaign to create a Southern Baptist college in East Texas. The campus' first building, Marshall Hall, was completed in 1916. It was designed to house a gymnasium, library, chapel/theatre, administrative offices and classrooms. The College of Marshall opened the following year in 1917 as a two year junior college and academy. It became East Texas Baptist College in 1944
The student to faculty ratio is 16:1 and the average class size is 22. Ninety-five percent of full-time faculty members have earned doctorates or terminal degrees.
ETBU is fully accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1957, ETBU became an accredited member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2009, with the next reaffirmation due in 2019. ETBU also is accredited by The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Commissions of Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music.
ETBU ranked twelfth among forty-eight schools in the category of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the West Region in the U.S. News & World Report's publication "America's Best Colleges 2008".
During the day, the campus is patrolled by the on-campus security officer. Security cameras record 24 hours a day and are monitored from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Call boxes are placed in strategic locations around campus. At night, the campus is monitored by private security officers (off-duty Marshall City Police Officers).
Departments at ETBU
There are several academic departments at ETBU.
NCAA Division III
NCAA Division III
The mascot for ETBU is a tiger, "Toby." ETBU also has a live Tiger mascot named "Sarge" who is housed off campus.
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