Ouachita Baptist University
About Ouachita Baptist University
Ouachita Baptist University is a church-related, 4-year liberal arts university located on the banks of the Ouachita River in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Arkadelphia is situated at the foothills of the Ouachita Mountains, only minutes from scenic Lake DeGray State Park offering camping, water sports, golf, fishing, and hiking. Hiking through the Ouachita National Forest is also a popular pastime around Arkadelphia. The city is about sixty-five miles from Little Rock, another historic city offering Civil War sites, picturesque river walks, interactive museums and the William J. Clinton Presidential Center.
OBU's School of Fine Arts offers a 4-year BA in theater arts with a technical design specialty. Required coursework in the first two years of study includes general education core classes plus theater foundational courses such as introduction to theater, voice and movement, stagecraft, and fundamentals of design. In the last two years of study students complete theatre practicum courses plus work in acting, directing, and dramatic theory and play development. The technical design specialty also requires courses in stage lighting and sound, stage makeup, scene design, and costuming.
The School of Fine Arts' Department of Visual Arts offers a 4-year BA in graphic design. In addition to the required core foundation general education requirements, graphic design students study drawing, visual fundamentals, illustration and rendering, 3-dimensional computer modeling, and four levels of graphic design courses. A course in preparation of design projects and self-promotion pieces for development of a portfolio is also required. This portfolio is required for exhibition in the student's senior year. Participation in an internship program in the senior year is also required for graduation.
OBU offers a comprehensive financial aid program that includes both merit-based and need-based aid. All admitted students are considered for a merit-based scholarship or award. Available institutional scholarships include Trustee, Presidential, and Ouachita Scholars scholarships, plus the Ouachita Collegiate Award, Legacy Award, and Acteen Scholarship. There are also departmental and school-specific scholarships available. Prospective students can calculate an unofficial estimate for merit-based aid using the Freshman Scholarship Calculator provided on the University's Web site. Eligibility for need-based aid is determined by the results of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
Ouachita is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University has been ranked the number one baccalaureate college in the south according to the 2008 issue of ¡§America¡¦s Best Colleges¡¨ by U.S. News and World Report. The school provides for student needs through the division of Student Services, comprised of seven program areas including Campus Housing, Campus Activities and Student Development, Counseling Services, Health Services, Recreational Sports, Campus Safety, and Student Life. Campus activities include an Outdoor Adventure group seeking to provide students with opportunities to participate in things such as camping, hiking, backpacking, rafting, and outdoor activity workshops. There are also social clubs, student government, and honors, service, and professional organizations available for student participation. Athletes and fans can enjoy men's and women's athletics including baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, cross country, and swimming and diving.