Enrollment continues to grow at Ouachita Baptist University, where a Fall 2022 headcount of 1,784 is the university’s highest in 56 years.
God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good. I was fortunate to grow up in a home where we were taught about Jesus and grew to love Him. My parents are both pillars of faith in the foundation of my life, and for that I am grateful.
Ouachita has set several enrollment records for the Fall 2021 semester, including the school’s highest total enrollment in 55 years as well as the largest freshman class, best freshman-to-sophomore retention rate and highest four-year graduation rate on record.
While many of us were home in March learning to bake homemade bread or binging Netflix, Dr. Rob Hewell was working swiftly with IT Services and other campus partners to shift every Ouachita student to remote learning. Hewell thrived not only assisting current students but also faculty and staff with moving courses to Zoom and Moodle while continuing his typical daily work with students in Ouachita’s online degree programs.
Students working to earn a degree online are making the choice to envision a new future, and that can feel scary! But while it may take courage to make the jump to going back to school, it doesn’t have to feel like leaping without a parachute. Here are three reasons why you can earn an online degree.
In 1999, Bryant Adams came to Ouachita as a theology and history double major. He would leave four years later – only six hours shy of his degree – for an opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks to Ouachita Online, Adams was able to pick up where he left off and now holds a degree in interdisciplinary studies.
Julio Pruitt ('09) finished his 4-season career with the Ouachita Tigers with 171 catches for 2,406 career yards – a school record at that time. Later, Julio was signed by the Miami Dolphins and joined their practice squad and before being promoted to the team’s active roster, where he played for three seasons. New on the Tiger For Life Podcast, Julio shares about finishing his degree this fall with Ouachita Online, his favorite football memories and his plans to return to Newport, Ark., to invest in youth in his hometown.
When it came time for Julio Pruitt to graduate high school, he knew he was headed to Ouachita to focus on football, a decision that would later lead him to the opportunity to be among the top 1% of football players in the nation.