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Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist University is dedicated to meeting the educational needs of students and to prepare them for service and leadership roles.

Table of contents
1 Location
2 Brief History
3 Academics
4 Athletics
5 Beliefs


Ouachita Baptist University is a private non-profit organization located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Arkadelphia is approximately 65 miles southwest from Little Rock. Arkadelphia has a population of over 10,000 not including the student body at OBU and the student body at Henderson State University. It is approximately 73 miles northeast of Arkansas.

Brief History

Ouachita (pronounced Wash'-uh-taw) was first opened on September 6, 1886 and has operated on a daily basis since that date. It was originally located on the campus of Ouachita Baptist High School. Its first president, Professor J. W. Conger, was elected on June 22, 1886 of the same year. The organization was originally founded as Ouachita Baptist College. In 1965, the status and name were changed to Ouachita Baptist University due to expansion of the curriculum. Ouachita has enjoyed an elite group of presidents since that time. Presently, Dr. Andrew Westmoreland serves as president of Ouachita Baptist University since 1997.

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Ouachita Baptist University offers various degree programs including business, education, natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, Christian studies and fine arts.


Ouachita is proud to be a part of the Gulf South Conference in sports and maintains NCAA Division II in major sports.


Ouachita Baptist University is a affeliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Ouachita affirms Christ Jesus as the one and only son of God. The organization is dedicated to stimulating peoples' growth spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically.