About Ouachita Baptist University

Founded in 1886, Ouachita Baptist University. is a Private college. Located in Arkansas, which is a city setting in Arkansas, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 1,493 full time undergraduate students, and 0 full time graduate students.

The Ouachita Baptist University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 13:1. There are 99 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Ouachita Baptist University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate66%
Application Deadline
Application Fee0
SAT Range950-1200
ACT Range21-28

Admissions at OBU are considered Selective, with ,37% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 23 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

86% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 61% were in the top quarter, and 38% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Ouachita Baptist University.

Ouachita Baptist University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    80 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 28 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    59 Students rated off-campus housing 3.1 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    80 Students rated campus food 3.6 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    79 Students rated campus facilities 4.3 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    79 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 76 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    79 Students rated school activities 4.3 stars. 47 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    79 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 32 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    79 Students rated academics 4.4 stars. 62 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Ouachita Baptist University?

26 Students rated Ouachita Baptist University

Sydnee - 01/30/2021

The campus was extremely clean and seems like a lot of excitement in the air. We got to visit the biology department and talked to the chair for about 30 minutes. The food court looked really good as well as the other food options that OBU has. The freshmen dooms seems smart and plain but upper classmen's dooms looked great.

Cortnee - 05/08/2020

As a transfer student I had a difficult time acclimating. On my first day of classes my name didn’t show up on the list. I spent the entire day re-enrolling in all my classes. I had to track down the department head of each class. I ran all across a campus I knew nothing about. Needless to say, not a great first day. I also ended up being grouped with mostly freshman because I transferred even though I was a Junior. The school is ridiculously expensive. I think it was mostly because of the christian association which didn’t mean anything for me. They are known to have a really good theatre department which is why I ended up there. A good portion of the students partied just as much as students at other schools. They just had to go across the street to Henderson State University to do it. To have two colleges, Arkadelphia was lacking. To have many options for restaurants or activities, even shopping, you usually had to make the hours’ drive to Hot Springs or Little Rock. Social groups were the equivalent of fraternities or sororities. They were a huge part of the school. Very few people didn’t belong to one of them and if you didn’t, you were often left out. “Ring by Spring” is a common motto. The girls want to get married and you can go to OBU to set that up. There was a chick-fil-a on campus which was awesome. There was a Starbucks too, but the menu was limited, and they were always crazy busy. All in all, good school but the debt was not worth it. You can get the same degrees, that are just as good, from less expensive places.

Maggie - 07/01/2019

Ouachita is a small school but it allows for an incredible sense of community among the students and faculty. There are many opportunities to get involved with other students and the professors are dedicated to helping their students. I could not be any happier with my college choice and I am excited to spend the next three years there!

Jolie - 05/24/2019

I believe that it is an amazing place to go and am excited to attend there in the future. I believe that it will be a great place to continue my education and will be very prepared for life after I get out of college. I have only heard good things and am excited to experience it myself.

Ouachita Baptist University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Ouachita Baptist University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Ouachita Baptist University is 66%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    First, make a list of things that you do and don't want from your college experience--for example, small classes or a large campus. Second, visit the campus before enrolling; take a tour of the facilities and meet faculty, staff, and students whenever possible. Ask them their favorite things about the university or things they might dislike. Next, pick a major that you know you will enjoy learning about, even if the curriculum appears difficult. As you pick your major, keep in mind the various job possibilities that would stem from your choice of major, and consider whether or not you wish to do those for a long time after graduation. If possible, get ahead in coursework by taking required subjects online or during the summer. Once you're there, make friends who will make you a better person. Be involved on your campus--have school spirit! Form good study habits and study often. Parents, always be realistic and honest with your child about your financial situation and your expectations from them as they make this transition. Be as helpful as possible, but also learn to recognize when to let them make their own way. Support their final decision.

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  3. What's unique about your campus?

    The professors at Ouachita are great. They really care about their students and their subjects. The history and Christian studies departments are especially wonderful, in my experience. They're very knowledgeable about their subjects and very good at making the students want to learn. Several of the professors have their students over to their houses on occassion.

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  4. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    It is a very small school. Diversity and individuality is not celebrated.

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  5. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    First, our students are the friendliest on any campus I've ever been on. Students will ask how you're doing even if they've just met you on the sidewalk. It's easy to get to know just about anyone. Second, our athletic teams are fabulous. They practice hard for what they do and most met (or surpass) their required academic standards. School spirit is very high, even among students who aren't involved in any sports (varsity or intramural).

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  6. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    This school is best known for its wonderful music program and the friendly, welcoming atmosphere on campus.

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  7. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Ouachita Baptist Univesity is a great liberal arts college that really caters to students' individual interests; here, students can really explore their options, ask questions, and seek advice from faculty members across the various disciplinary schools.

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  8. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    I find the atmosphere here to be incredible. There is a lagre degree of interaction between the professors and the students, and this allows mentoring and learning outside the classroom to take place. This is an excellent opportunity. THe faculty are approachable and well-respected in their field. In addition to this, the students are friendly and affable. It is easy to make friends. People are genuinely caring and make you fell very welcome as an incoming freshman.

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  9. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    If I have to pick something, I'd say our music building needs better sound proofing.

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  10. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person shouldn't attend this school if he or she is used to spending lengthy amounts of time with the opposite sex. This school has strict open dorm times and days. Someone shouldn't attend this school if he or she is offended by Baptist beliefs, this is a Baptist school and Chapel is mandatory.

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  11. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating think about OBU is paying for tutiton.

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  12. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Anyone can attend Ouachita Baptist University who wants to be apart of a student body that treats you not as just another student but a part of the family that is Ouachita. The atmosphere at Ouachita makes you not only feel at home, but encompases you with the sense of love from the other students and faculty. Another great part of Ouachita is the professors. The professors are not there just to ensure you do well in college but to get to know you as a student and help you grow in acemdic and spiritual success.

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  13. Describe the students at your school.

    excited to learn and helpful when others needed it

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Ouachita Baptist University receive some sort of financial aid. 31% were awarded federal grants. While 66% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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