Williams Baptist University is a Christian, four-year, liberal arts university. Williams is a private institution, owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
Williams is located in Walnut Ridge, a community of about 8,000 people in northeast Arkansas. The larger cities of Little Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn., are within a two-hour drive. Opportunities are readily available near the campus for hiking, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Williams was founded in 1941 as Southern Baptist College by Dr. H.E. Williams. The school became a four-year institution in 1984, and the name was changed in honor of Dr. Williams in 1991.
The student body includes men and women from 12 states and five foreign countries. Enrollment for the fall 2017 semester was 505. Over 70% of students on the Walnut Ridge campus are resident students.
WBU offers 25 major fields among its diverse programs of study. The student/teacher ratio is 13:1, allowing students to receive personal attention from their instructors. Average classroom size is 17. More than half of the faculty hold doctorates, and all have master’s degrees.
Mid Level SS/Literature Education
Mid Level Math/Science Education
Social Studies Education
Williams is known for its family atmosphere, where students are encouraged to get involved in student life from the very beginning.
More than 20 student clubs and organizations are active on campus, including The Cast, a Christian drama group, Williams Singers, the official school choir which travels to churches in and around Arkansas, Campus Ministries, International Club, Student Advisory Board, social clubs and academic honor societies.
The Eagles and Lady Eagles field 18 varsity teams, and students can also compete in a wide range of intramural sports. Several concerts and dramas are held each year, as well.
Williams is one of the least expensive private, four-year universities in the United States. The following is a breakdown of costs per semester for the 2017-2018 school year.
Room & Board (semi-private room): $3,900
General Fees: $560