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Applying to Ouachita

Ouachita is ready to invest in you. Check out the individualized information and applications for each type of Ouachita student below, and feel free to contact your admissions counselor if you have any questions. We would love to help you through the process and ultimately welcome you to the Ouachita family!

  • On-campus undergraduate: For students seeking a bachelor’s degree on our residential campus
  • Graduate: For students with a bachelor’s degree (or in their final year of college) seeking a graduate degree or certification.

on-campus Undergraduate

The college application process can be a daunting task, but we’re here to help. If you’d like to talk to someone before beginning your application for one of our on-campus undergraduate degrees, we encourage you to contact your admissions counselor. When you are ready, follow these steps for our free application with no essay! For transfers, international students and missionary & third culture kids, see the additional information below. 

Learn more about Ouachita's on-campus, undergraduate admissions


Apply for admission. Our application is simple and free and doesn’t require an essay. Fill it out today to start your journey to becoming a Ouachita Tiger.


2.Submit your official high school transcript. Have your school counselor send it to us at Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita Street, Arkadelphia, AR, 71998.



3.Submit other academic records as needed.



Admission Requirements

To be considered for 2024-2025 admission a student must submit:
  • A completed application
  • An official high school transcript (sent directly from the high school)
  • ACT or SAT score, if requested by the University
  • Letters of recommendation, if requested by the University

Apply – On-Campus Undergraduate


When you are ready to continue your education beyond a bachelor’s degree, we are here to help! If you’d like to talk to someone before beginning your application for one of our graduate degrees, we encourage you to contact your admissions counselor. When you are ready, follow these steps!

Learn more about Ouachita's Graduate & Professional Studies



Apply for admission. To finalize and submit your application, please complete all fields and pay the $40 application fee. (If you are an international student, please contact Ouachita before applying.)

2.Submit your official, final transcript from the university where your degree was conferred. If currently enrolled as an undergraduate, you may send an up-to-date, unofficial copy of your transcript to be considered for admission; and if admitted, an official final transcript will be required. Students may also submit a copy of an unofficial transcript for each institution attended that did not confer a degree.


3.Submit other required documents. General graduate admission requirements are listed below. However, each of our graduate programs has its own unique admission requirements as well. For more information, visit each program’s webpage.


General Graduate Admission Requirements

Ouachita General Graduate Admissions Requirements:

  • Conferred bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • 2.5 minimum GPA on a 4.0 scale (individual programs will delineate more specifics)
  • Completed application, which includes a statement of purpose
  • Three references
  • Minimum English proficiency requirements for international students are as follows:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      At least 79 on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT)
      At least 550 on the paper-based TOEFL
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      At least a 6.5 on the IELTS exam
To view each graduate program's individual admission requirements, head over to our Graduate & Professional Studies page and select your desired program to learn more.


Apply – Graduate

 Additional information

If you are one of the following types of students, check out additional information below:

If you are planning to transfer from another college or university, fill out our simple admission application and submit your official transcript(s) from the previous colleges and universities you have attended. Please have them sent to Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita Street, Arkadelphia, AR, 71998.

Those who wish to transfer to Ouachita should apply for admission as transfer students and supply catalogs from college(s) in which you are currently enrolled. Transfer students may be admitted only if they are eligible to return to the institution from which they came. They must declare all colleges and universities attended in the past.

For additional information regarding admission of transfer students and for the transferability of coursework from other institutions, contact our registrar at 870-245-5578.

We at Ouachita understand the challenges of the college search for the homeschool family. Your admissions counselor is ready for any questions you may have, and looks forward to walking you through the application and financial aid process. Homeschool students excel at Ouachita, and we’re confident you’ll love it, too. Here are some reasons why:

  • Small class sizes. Our average class size is 21.
  • Caring professors. Our professors know their students and thrive on the opportunity to teach. At Ouachita, it’s all about the student educational experience.
  • Top-notch first-year experience. Your first year at Ouachita will walk you through the transition from home to college with many check-points along the way to make sure you are acclimating to life at OBU.
  • Academic Success Center. The ASC is a great resource throughout the year as students become accustomed to the difference between the home and the classroom.

Ouachita has a rich history of welcoming to campus missionary and third culture kids from around the world. We also have an outstanding track record of preparing future missionaries for work in the field. In fact, Ouachita is one of the top universities in the world preparing missionaries to serve with the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board. Also, as a gesture of Ouachita’s commitment to supporting the work of missionaries, we offer tuition discounts specifically for the children of missionaries who work with the Southern Baptist Convention International Mission Board as well as other evangelical organizations.

There are many ways for new students to get involved on campus, and we strive to provide an extra layer of TLC for MKs and TCKs as they make the transition to college through the Grant Center for International Education and International Club student organization. Plus, Ouachita has programs to help all students transition to college life. We hope that Ouachita will become your “home away from home” where you’re challenged to grow – academically, spiritually and personally.

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We are so glad you’re considering coming to Ouachita! Ouachita is proud to be home to a diverse community of international students, missionary kids and third culture kids, all of whom enrich Ouachita's community in their own unique ways. Please visit our Grant Center for International Education website for international admissions and further information.

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