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Ouachita Baptist University Overview

Located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Ouachita Baptist University is a private not-for-profit institution. Arkadelphia is a good match for students who enjoy small-town life.

What Is Ouachita Baptist University Known For?

415 Undergraduate Awards
$21,157 Avg Cost After Aid
71% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the bachelor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Ouachita Baptist.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
  • The average Ouachita Baptist student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Ouachita Baptist University Rankings

Ouachita Baptist holds the #6 spot on the Best Colleges in Arkansas ranking.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Ouachita Baptist has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#8 Best Value Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#9 Best Value Colleges for Finance & Financial Management College Factual
#16 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Media Studies College Factual
#33 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#39 Best Value Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#42 Best Value Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is Ouachita Baptist University?

Location of Ouachita Baptist University

Contact details for Ouachita Baptist are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 410 Ouachita St, Arkadelphia, AR 71998-0001
Phone: 870-245-5000

How Do I Get Into Ouachita Baptist?

You can apply to Ouachita Baptist online at:

Admission Requirements for Ouachita Baptist

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Ouachita Baptist?

71% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
18% Submit SAT Scores
Ouachita Baptist has an acceptance rate of 71%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 69%, and the acceptance rate for women is 72%.

Average Test Scores

About 18% of students accepted to Ouachita Baptist submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 540 and 640. Math scores were between 480 and 620.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Ouachita Baptist University  ( 540 to 640 )

SAT Math Scores for Ouachita Baptist University  ( 480 to 620 )
Ouachita Baptist received ACT scores from 91% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 30. Math scores were between 20 and 27. Composite scores were between 21 and 28.

ACT English Scores for Ouachita Baptist University  ( 21 to 30 )
ACT Math Scores for Ouachita Baptist University  ( 20 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Ouachita Baptist University  ( 21 to 28 )

Can I Afford Ouachita Baptist University?

$21,157 Net Price
74% Take Out Loans
7.3% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Ouachita Baptist is $21,157. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Ouachita Baptist, approximately 74% of students took out student loans averaging $6,260 a year. That adds up to $25,040 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Ouachita Baptist is 7.3%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Ouachita Baptist University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,529 Full-Time Undergraduates
55% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,660 undergraduate students at Ouachita Baptist, with 1,529 being full-time and 131 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Ouachita Baptist

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,529 full-time undergraduates at Ouachita Baptist, 45% are male and 55% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Ouachita Baptist

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Ouachita Baptist University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Ouachita Baptist Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 7
Black or African American 121
Hispanic or Latino 81
White 1,233
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 52

Geographic Diversity

Arkansas students aren't the only ones who study at Ouachita Baptist University. At this time, 15 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 26 countries are represented at Ouachita Baptist. The most popular countries sending students to the school are Zimbabwe, Japan, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Ouachita Baptist University

24 Took All Classes Online
115 Took At Least One Class Online
411.0% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 115 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Ouachita Baptist has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 36th most popular in Arkansas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Ouachita Baptist

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Ouachita Baptist University was 411.0%. This is the #163 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Ouachita Baptist regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Ouachita Baptist ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Ouachita Baptist.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods #3
Philosophy & Religious Studies #4
Religious Studies #4
Business, Management & Marketing #54

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Ouachita Baptist University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s TOTAL
General Biology 0 34 34
Finance & Financial Management 0 32 32
Communication & Media Studies 0 25 25
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 25 25
Health & Physical Education 0 20 20
General Psychology 0 19 19
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 16 16
Liberal Arts General Studies 15 0 15
Sociology 0 15 15
Business Administration & Management 0 14 14
Marketing 0 14 14
Communication Sciences 0 14 14
Biblical Studies 0 14 14
Religious Studies 1 12 13
Accounting 0 12 12
Drama & Theater Arts 0 12 12
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 11 11
History 0 11 11
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 10 10
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 9 9
General English Literature 0 8 8
Political Science & Government 0 7 7
Design & Applied Arts 0 7 7
Romance Languages 0 6 6
General Education 0 5 5
Mathematics 0 5 5
Music 0 5 5
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 4 4
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 4 4
Missionary Studies 0 3 3
Sacred Music 0 3 3
Arts & Media Management 0 3 3
Fine & Studio Arts 0 3 3
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 2 2
Engineering Physics 0 2 2
Other Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 2 2
Parks, Recreation & Leisure Studies 0 2 2
Other Social Sciences 0 2 2
Computer Science 0 1 1
Human Development & Family Studies 0 1 1
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 0 1 1
Natural Resources Conservation 0 1 1
Chemistry 0 1 1
Physics 0 1 1
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 1 1
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0
Nursing 0 0 0
Applied Mathematics 0 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 0 0 0
TOTAL 16 399 415


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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