Ouachita Baptist University
410 Ouachita St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
Phone: (870) 245-5110
Fax: (870) 245-5500
Online: obu.edu It’s different at Ouachita. When a student chooses Ouachita Baptist University as their college home, they are choosing to invest in an outstanding academic training and career preparation, but also joining a community like no other. Our relationships run as deep as our 134-year history, with meaningful traditions and a strong spiritual foundation supporting it all. Ouachita, with over 1,500 undergraduate students, is a nationally ranked Christian, liberal arts university located on the banks of the Ouachita river, minutes away from DeGray Lake and is nestled in the foothills of the Ouachita National Forest in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Ouachita is ranked among the nation’s top colleges by U.S. News & World Report and Forbes and has the highest student satisfaction rate in Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana according to College Consensus. As a residential campus with 95% of our students living on campus, Ouachita encourages students to do life together in intramural sports, more than 50 campus clubs and organizations and our annual song and dance competition Tiger Tunes. An education at Ouachita prepares students to launch into a meaningful career or succeed in grad school. They will have the opportunity to experience high-impact learning through hands-on labs, field work and internships. This personal and hands-on approach to learning contributes to our 97% overall placement rate in graduate school or in the workforce.
Enrollment 1784
School Type 4 Year , Concurrent Credit , Graduate School , International Programs , Online
Funding Type Private
Admissions Information
Requirements High school diploma (certified or official transcript); optional ACT/SAT score if requested by the university, recommendations if requested by the university.
Minimum GPA 2.0
Minimum ACT 2.0 GPA for consideration
Minimum SAT 930 for consideration
Admissions Email admissions@obu.edu
Admissions Phone (870) 245-5110
Scholarship Information
Highlights Ouachita Merit Scholarships for 2022-2023 (check obu.edu/finaid for 2023-2024 parameters in early fall)
(awarded to incoming first-time fall 2022 freshmen based on high school GPA. A 2.00 cumulative GPA required to maintain each semester.)
President’s Scholarship - $74,000, 4-year value ($19,000/residential year)
Founder’s Scholarship - $60,000, 4-year value ($18,000/residential year)
Dean’s Scholarship - $54,000, 4-year value ($14,000/residential year)
Collegiate Scholarship - $40,000 4-year value ($11,000/residential year)
Opportunity Award - $20,000 4-year value ($5,000/residential year)
More Information Click Here Scholarship Email admissions@obu.edu Scholarship Phone (870) 245-5110
Tuition Information
Covers 12-18 hours
In-state Tuition $31,780.00
Additional Annual Fees $9,940.00
Annual Fee Notes Covers full meal plan, access to athletic and fine arts events, laundry, etc.
Graduate Application Fee $40.00
Early Application Deadline Rolling Admissions
Financial Aid Information
Ouachita's Office of Student Financial Services is here to serve both prospective and current Ouachita students and their families. Trying to understand the financial aid landscape can be daunting, and we want to walk you through the process every step of the way. Our caring and personable staff members want you to understand the full range of financial aid available and are excited to help you start planning for your Ouachita education.
Financial Aid Contact Karen Matros Director of Student Financial Services
Financial Aid Phone (870) 245-5570
Financial Aid Priority Deadline Feb 1, 2022
More Information Click Here

Degree Programs


Applied Mathematics

Applied Physics

Art Education (or Art: Teacher Licensure, or Art: Teaching Emphasis)

Biblical Languages (Greek, Hebrew)

Biblical Studies (or Biblical Theological Studies, or Biblical & Theological Studies)


Biological Sciences—Teaching Emphasis (or Biology—Teacher Licensure )



Chemistry–Teaching Emphasis

Christian Ministry

Christian Missions

Communication Sciences & Disorders

Computer Science

Dietetics (or Dietetics & Nutrition)

Early Childhood Education

Engineering & Physics


English Education (or Teacher Licensure, or Teaching Emphasis)


Graphic Design


Kinesiology (or Kinesiology & Leisure Studies, or Kinesiology–Exercise Science, or Kinesiology & Physical Education)


Mathematics Education (or Teacher Licensure or Teaching Emphasis)

Middle School Education (or Middle Level Education, or Middle Childhood Education, or Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence )

Music Education–Choral

Music Education–Instrumental

Music Performance (or Music Performance–Voice, Keyboard, Instrumental)

Music–Voice, Keyboard, Instrumental



Physical Sciences–Teaching


Political Science


Pre-Dental Hygiene




Pre-Med (or Pre-Medical, or Pre-Medicine)

Pre-Medical Technology



Pre-Physical Therapy

Pre-Veterinary Medicine (or Pre-Vet, or Pre-Veterinary Science)

Professional Chemistry


Public History

Secondary Education

Social Justice Studies

Social Studies Education (or Social Studies—Teaching Emphasis)



Spanish–Teaching Emphasis

Speech Communication & Theatre Arts–Teaching Emphasis

Studio Art


Theatre Arts–Teaching Emphasis


Worship Arts (or Worship Ministry, or Church Music)

Business Administration

Business Administration–Sports Management Concentration

Business: Management

Business: Marketing


Environmental Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

International Studies

Nursing–Completion Program

Strategic Communications


Biomedical Sciences

Family & Human Services

Legal Studies

Mass Communication (or Multimedia Communication, or Media Communications, or Mass Media Communication)

Military Science

Multi-Media Journalism

Sports Media

Visual Media & Film

Music Industry

Musical Theatre

Physical Education & Coaching

Christian Studies


Art & Design

Art–Studio Art

Broadcast Journalism

Church Music




Education: Elementary Education

Education: Physical Education

Elementary Education


English (Literature)

English (Writing)

Environmental Science/Studies

Exercise Science

Film Studies 

Health & Kinesiology–P-12 Teacher Licensure

Health, Physical Education & Exercise Science




Music Business

Music Education

Music Education K-12

Musical Theatre–Teaching Emphasis

Nutrition & Dietetics



Preprofessional Health Sciences


Recreation & Sport Management

Sport & Recreation Management (or Sport Management)

Youth Ministries (or Youth Ministry)

Criminal Justice

Biblical Linguistics Studies

Business Administration–Finance, Management or Marketing

Education–Teacher Licensure

Organizational Management (or Organizational Leadership)

Psychology & Counseling

Public Relations

Community & Family Services

Athletic Training

Business (General)

Business: Accounting

Civil Engineering


Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Health & Physical Education

Human Biology

Human Nutrition & Dietetics


Mechanical Engineering

Music Education (Choose focus in: Organ, Piano or Voice)

Music Keyboard Education


Music–Instrumental (Teacher Licensure)

Musical Theatre–Music Emphasis

Natural Resources Management

Natural Science

Nuclear Medicine Imaging Sciences

Philosophy–Christian Studies

Vocal Music

Engineering (Choose focus or combination focuses in: Electrical, Computer, Mechanical and Renewable Energy)

Applied Behavior Analysis

Curriculum & Instruction

Dietetic Internship

Applied Behavior Analysis

Education in Curriculum and Instruction


Business Administration

Exercise Science