Our Mission

To provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.

Our Vision

To produce exceptional graduates prepared to competently engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.

University Overview

Williams Baptist University is a leading four-year Christian liberal arts institution. Situated on a 200-acre campus in northeast Arkansas, WBU offers students a learning experience that will guide them to launch a life with purpose.

With more than 25 majors, pre-professional programs and graduate degrees, WBU prepares students for a wide array of career options. WBU is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

WBU has a total enrollment of about 600 students, with most residing on-campus. The student-teacher ratio of 14:1 enables us to deliver personalized instruction in a warm, Christ-centered environment.

The university is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.

The History of WBU

Williams was founded as Southern Baptist College in 1941 by Dr. H.E. Williams. Classes were first held 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.

In the beginning, Williams operated 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.

In 2018, to reflect its growth and expansion into graduate degree programs, the institution became Williams Baptist University.

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 College.

To provide serviceable facilities which sustain the mission of the College

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.

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.