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Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University (OBU) is a private, liberal arts, undergraduate institution located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, which is about 65 miles southwest of Little Rock. The university's name is taken from the Ouachita (pronounced Wash'-uh-taw) River, which forms the eastern campus boundary. It is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. The student body is approximately 45% male and 55% female.

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Location

Address
410 Ouachita St
City
Arkadelphia
State
AR
Zip/Post Code
71998

Contact Information

Phone
Fax
Website
Financial Aid Website

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
1543
In State Tuition Fees
22800
Out State Tuition Fees
22800
ACT Score
24
SAT Score
1052
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.53
Male Female Ratio
47:53
Acceptance Rate
70%
Student Faculty Ratio
12:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
NULL
Mascot
Tiger
Colors
Purple Gold
Conference
GAC

College History

History

Ouachita Baptist University was founded as Ouachita Baptist College on September 6, 1886 and has operated continually since that date. It was originally located on the campus of Ouachita Baptist High School. Its present location is on the former campus of the Arkansas School for the Blind, which relocated to Little Rock. The first president was Professor J. W. Conger who was elected to the post on June 22, 1886. The OBU Board of Trustees unanimously selected Dr. Rex Horne, former pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, as the fifteenth president of Ouachita Baptist University on April 6, 2006. Those who have served as president include: J.W. Conger (1886�1907), Henry Simms Hartzog (1907�1911), R.G. Bowers (1911�1913), Samuel Young Jameson (1913�1916), Charles Ernest Dicken (1916�1926), Arthur B. Hill (1926�1929), Charles D. Johnson (1929�1933), James R. Grant (1933�1949), Seaford Eubanks (1949�1951), Harold A. Haswell (1952�1953), Ralph Arloe Phelps Jr. (1953�1969), Daniel R. Grant (1970�1988), Ben M. Elrod (1988�1998), and Andrew Westmoreland (1998�2006). In 1965 the College changed its name to Ouachita Baptist University. Recent years have seen a steady expansion of the campus, including the Harvey Jones Science Center (1997), the Frank D. Hickingbotham School of Business in Hickingbotham Hall (2006) and the Student Village residence halls (2009).

College Specialty

Specialty

Building on this premise, we are dedicated to the growth of future servant leaders in professions that maximize the potential of individuals and society through Christ-centered programs that lead to the maturing of the mind and body, linking love of God and love of learning.

Alumni

Alumni

Shelley Breen, Heather Payne, Denise Jones, and Terry Jones (singer) of Christian pop music group Point of Grace Steven Bryant - American composer and conductor for wind ensemble and orchestra, studied under W. Francis McBeth Winston Bryant - Attorney General of Arkansas, 1990 to 1999 Doak S. Campbell - president of Florida State College for Women (1941�1947) and then Florida State University (1947�1957) Mark Darr - Arkansas Lieutenant Governor since 2011 Gary Deffenbaugh (Education) - Retired educator and Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Crawford County[5] Charlotte Vining Douglas (1974, Education) - Retired educator and Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Crawford County[6] Jake Files - Republican state senator from Fort Smith; attended OBU but graduated from Arkansas State University with bachelor's degree in accounting[7] Linda Gamble, pioneer in women's basketball Leon Green - noted legal scholar, dean of Northwestern University School of Law Fonda Hawthorne - Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Little River County since 2013 Cliff Harris - professional football player and All-Pro Dallas Cowboys safety William Holloway - Governor of Oklahoma, 1929 to 1931 Jon Hubbard - former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives from Jonesboro Mike Huckabee - Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, 2008 Republican President candidate Travis Jackson - Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop for New York Giants in 1920s and 1930s Susan McDougal - involved in Whitewater scandal, author of The Woman Who Wouldn't Talk William Miller - professional football player in the Canadian Football League and the USFL Julius Pruitt - a professional football wide receiver (2009 to 2012) for the Miami Dolphins. Bob C. Riley - Lieutenant Governor[disambiguation needed] of Arkansas and interim Governor of Arkansas, decorated veteran of World War II David J. Sanders - Arkansas state senator from Pulaski County; former member of the Arkansas House of Representatives; Baptist education official in Little Rock Boyd Anderson Tackett - U.S. representative from Arkansas's 4th congressional district, 1949 to 1953 Russ Taff - former Gaither Vocal Band and Imperial Quartet member and renowned soloist in the Southern gospel music industry Aaron Ward - infielder for New York Yankees (1917�26), Chicago White Sox (1927) and Cleveland Indians (1928) Richard Womack - Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for the 18th district since 2012. Bobby Gene Newman- Elected to Arkansas State House of Representatives in 1969 and served until 1998. Class of 1950 Kendra Ann Thomas, author of young adult books Ravenheart (2008), Sorrowheart (2010), and Nobleheart (2013) Southern Baptist Convention Arkansas Baptist State Convention List of Southern Baptist Convention affiliated people

Campus

Campus

Suburban, 160 acres (0.65 km2)

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