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Williams Baptist University is a four-year, Christian, liberal arts university. Williams is known for its academic excellence and personal attention, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 14-to-1, as well as its warm, Christ-centered environment. There are over 500 students on WBC’s main campus at Walnut Ridge, Ark., and a total enrollment of about 600. Most students live in on-campus residence halls and apartments. Williams has over 25 majors and pre-professional programs to prepare students for a wide array of career options, and it is ranked in the top tier of southern colleges & universities by US News & World Report. It is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

WBU is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.


Williams was founded as Southern Baptist College in 1941 by Dr. H.E. Williams. It started in Pocahontas, Ark., but in 1947 the campus was relocated to a nearby, former World War II military base at Walnut Ridge, which has been the university’s home ever since. WBU began as a two-year college, but moved to four-year status in 1984. The name was changed to Williams Baptist College, in honor of its founder, in 1991.


Our CommunityWBU is situated on a 200-acre campus in the northeast Arkansas community of Walnut Ridge, a city of about 5,000 people. Williams is a 30-minute drive from Jonesboro, with a population of about 70,000 and a wide array of stores, restaurants and entertainment options. Memphis is approximately 90 minutes away, and Little Rock is about a two-hour drive.

Mission Statement

Williams’ mission is to provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students’ lives.

Vision Statement

Williams’ vision is to produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.

Purpose Statements

To provide opportunities to profess, practice, and strengthen one’s faith and to encounter Biblical values.

To provide a caring campus community with opportunities for service to others, leadership preparation, and wholesome recreation.

To provide and assess programs of liberal arts, professional studies, and lifelong learning for a diversified traditional and non-traditional student body.

To provide an organization responsive to the needs of students, personnel, programs, and facilities, with a commitment to planning and leadership.

To provide an aesthetically pleasing campus glorifying to God’s creation.

To provide and execute a plan which secures adequate resources to sustain and advance the institution.

To provide a positive image of the quality programs, faculty, students, staff, and graduates of the university.

To provide serviceable facilities which sustain the mission of the university.

To provide a technologically sophisticated infrastructure which supports academic, student, and administrative services.

To provide cultural experiences, thought provoking events, and educational enrichment for the campus community and the community at large.

To provide a healthy athletic atmosphere which engages the team members, the campus community, and the community at large.

To provide desirable housing for students and faculty.

Institutional Academic Goals

To produce students who demonstrate an understanding of the Judeo-Christian heritage and Christian world view.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively across the curriculum.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to reflect critically upon the environment, society, and self.

To produce students who demonstrate the ability to apply critical thinking and analytical skills to become more effective problem solvers.

To produce students who demonstrate an appreciation for a healthy lifestyle that will promote lifelong health and fitness.

To produce students who demonstrate a competence in at least one particular body of knowledge.

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