Ouachita Baptist University

Private, Four-years School Located in Arkadelphia, AR

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How much is the OBU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, OBU's tuition & fees is $32,480.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $46,630 when a student lives on-campus.

OBU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$32,480
Books & Supplies Costs$1,100
On-campus Room & Board$8,800
On-campus Expenses$4,250
Off-campus Room & Board$9,650
Off-campus Expenses$4,250
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$35,002

How Much Does it Cost to Go to OBU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $144,038 at OBU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $199,824. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $65,019.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$33,834$47,233$15,568
Sophomore (2024-25)$35,245$49,002$16,017
Junior (2025-26)$36,714$50,840$16,479
Senior (2026-27)$38,245$52,749$16,955
4 Years Total$144,038$199,824$65,019
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$35,245$49,002$16,017
Sophomore (2025-26)$36,714$50,840$16,479
Junior (2026-27)$38,245$52,749$16,955
Senior (2027-28)$39,840$54,731$17,445
4 Years Total$150,044$207,322$66,896
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$36,714$50,840$16,479
Sophomore (2026-27)$38,245$52,749$16,955
Junior (2027-28)$39,840$54,731$17,445
Senior (2028-29)$41,501$56,790$17,950
4 Years Total$156,300$215,110$68,829
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$38,245$52,749$16,955
Sophomore (2027-28)$39,840$54,731$17,445
Junior (2028-29)$41,501$56,790$17,950
Senior (2029-30)$43,231$58,930$18,470
4 Years Total$162,816$223,200$70,820
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$39,840$54,731$17,445
Sophomore (2028-29)$41,501$56,790$17,950
Junior (2029-30)$43,231$58,930$18,470
Senior (2030-31)$45,033$61,152$19,005
4 Years Total$169,605$231,603$72,870

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, OBU' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Arkansas, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $17,236.
In-StateOut-of-State
Ouachita Baptist University$32,480
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,675
Public Schools$7,198$12,965
Private Schools$20,937
Arkansas Four-years Colleges$13,726
Public Schools$5,423$8,461
Private Schools$17,236

Financial Aid and COA

At Ouachita Baptist University, 1,550 students (90%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $30,398.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at OBU is $16,232 for students living on-campus and $17,082 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 477 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $22,181 and the average amount of student loans is $7,357.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$46,630
COA (off-campus)$47,480
Tuition & Fees$32,480
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,150
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$15,000
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$16,232
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,082
Average Financial Aid$30,398
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,55090%$30,398
Pell Grants39123%$5,024
Federal Student Loan96156%$4,920
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid477100%-
Grants or Scholarships477100%$22,181
Federal Grants46698%$2,992
Pell Grants13428%$5,365
Other Federal Grants46698%$1,450
State/Local Grants21645%$2,139
Institutional Grants476100%$18,328
Student Loan Aid32268%$7,357
Federal Student Loans32167%$5,486
Other Student Loans378%$16,425

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

OBU's acceptance rate is 73.75%. A total of 2,610 applicants applied to and 1,925 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 485 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 25.19%.
To apply to OBU, 3 items are required - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 1 items are recommended to submit - Completion of college-preparatory program.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants2,610982$1,628
Admitted1,925694$1,231
Enrolled485228$257
Acceptance Rate73.75%70.67%75.61%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)25.19%32.85%20.88%
Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankNeither Required Nor Recommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsConsidered But Not Required
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are neither required nor recommended to apply to OBU. Its SAT score is slightly lower than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is similar to the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th

Student Population

Ouachita Baptist University has a total of 1,784 students including 1,730 undergraduate and 54 graduate students. By gender, there are 747 male students and 1,017 female students attending OBU. The school offers online degree programs and 48 students enrolled online exclusively (2.69% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total1,764 7471,017
Undergraduate1,716 746970
Graduate48 147

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address410 Ouachita St, Arkadelphia, AR
Phone870-245-5000
WEBwww.obu.edu
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered83 Programs
Online Program Offered3 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered3 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate72.32%
Yield29.83%
Student Population1,784
Graduation Rate65%
Retention Rate79%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate12 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties104 (Full-time), 40 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs292 (Full-time), 87 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$58,935
Average Staff Salary$44,225