Applying to ouachita

Ouachita is ready to invest in you. Our application doesn’t require an essay or application fee, so you don’t have anything to lose! Check out these step-by-step instructions 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, whether you’re joining us on campus in Arkadelphia or through our Ouachita Online program.



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, we encourage you to contact your admissions counselor. If this is the first time you will be attending a college or university, follow the steps below.

Gold Numbers-01Apply for admission. Our admission application is simple. Fill it out today to start your journey to becoming a Ouachita Tiger.

Gold Numbers-02Submit your official test scores from ACT or SAT. The writing portion is not required. We encourage you to send us your score each time you take the test.

Gold Numbers-03Submit your official high school transcript. Have your school counselor send it to us at Ouachita Baptist University, 410 Ouachita Street, Arkadelphia, AR, 71998.

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

Transfer Students  |  Homeschool Students  |  Missionary & Third Culture Kids  |  International Students


  • A certificate of graduation from high school
  • A minimum high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.750 on a 4.000 scale*
  • A minimum ACT composite score of 20 or an SAT score of 940** or 1020***
    (combination of reading and math scores only)*

*GPA of 2.0 and/or ACT of 17-19 (SAT of 810** or 900***) may be considered for conditional admission
**Tests given prior to March 1, 2016
***Tests gives after March 1, 2016


“Community at Ouachita isn’t limited to dorm life or campus activities. It extends into the classroom.”

Ryan James, biology graduate from Benton, Ark.

“Transferring to Ouachita was the right decision for me because they welcomed me with open arms and met me where I was at to help me succeed!”

Jordan Williams, transfer student from Conway, Ark.

“There is no university more dedicated to seeing its students grow into passionate individuals who can change the world.”

Meg Hart, accounting & Russian grad from Little Rock, Ark.

“Being homeschooled since kindergarten, I was concerned what the transition would be like from homeschool to a private university. My Ouachita experience has been wonderful. I have found an accepting community here, and I have excelled academically. I believe any homeschooled students looking for a fine education will find that and much more at Ouachita.”

Rusty Butler, worship arts graduate from Little Rock, Ark.

“The caliber of the faculty here has encouraged me to rise above my limitations to live a worthy life of service.”

Ethan Day, history graduate from Garland, TX


Your first year in college is a time of transition, growth and fun. Our mission as the faculty, staff and students of Ouachita is to encourage growth in all aspects of your life and to help you make the most of your time here. Ouachita’s First-Year Experience is a comprehensive program of activities and events both on campus and off. The FYE program helps with your transition to college by focusing on specific parts of your development as a student and as a person.


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 counseloris 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 18.
  • 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. Our FYE program walks students 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’s custom First-Year Experience program is designed to help all students transition. We hope that Ouachita will become your “home away from home” where you’re challenged to grow – academically, spiritually and personally.



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 the OBU 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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410 Ouachita St.
Arkadelphia, AR 71998
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