Applying The Williams Way

Williams Baptist University welcomes applications from persons seeking a Christian education with high academic standards.

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Requirements for Admission

The admission decision is based on academic records and scores on standardized tests (ACT/SAT/CLT). The University seeks to determine, on the basis of the candidate’s academic record, character, purpose, and aptitude, whether he or she is compatible with the purposes of the institution and demonstrates potential to benefit from one of its programs. However, Williams reserves the right to restrict or deny admission to any applicant who is considered not to be an appropriate admissions candidate as determined by its officers. These admissions decisions will be made in a manner consistent with state and federal non-discrimination laws.

Like all colleges and universities, WBU has specific admission criteria, but you’re much more than a high school transcript.

Williams invites applications from qualified students who have graduated or expect to graduate from an accredited secondary school. Students who apply as regular freshman enrollees must have graduated from an accredited U. S. high school or have satisfactorily completed the General Education Development examination (GED). Students who were educated at home are also invited to apply and are subject to the same qualifications and requirements. A tour of the campus and information on financial aid will be available. The following must be submitted by all freshman applicants:

  1. A fully completed application.
  2. For applicants desiring to live on campus, a completed residence hall application and $75 housing deposit (increases to $100 on July 1, 2022).
  3. For applicants planning on studying full-time and/or those desiring to live on campus, an immunization record.
  4. An official high school transcript including the official seal of the school. A final high school transcript showing final class rank with the seal of the school is also required upon high school graduation. Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to take the following curriculum in high school: English (4 units); Mathematics including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and an advanced math course beyond Algebra II (4 units); Natural Sciences including Physical Science, Biology, and Chemistry or Physics (3 units); Social Studies including American History, World History, and Civics (3 units); Foreign Language (2 units of the same language). Remedial credits (special education, resource room, vocational, etc.) do not satisfy the unit requirements.
  5. Official scores of either the American College Testing Program examination (ACT), the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Examination Board, or (CLT) the Classic Learning Test.

A transfer student is defined as one who has been out of high school for at least one full semester and has attempted some college or university work for credit. Students with transfer credit who apply to Williams must submit the following:

  1. A fully completed application.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. Note: Students who are on academic suspension from another institution will not be considered for admission at Williams Baptist University until the suspension is lifted from the other institution.
  3. Applicants with less than 24 hours of acceptable credit must furnish high school transcripts or official GED scores and results of an ACT or SAT examination.
  4. For applicants desiring to live on campus, a completed residence hall application and $75 housing fee.
  5. For applicants planning on studying full-time and/or those desiring to live on campus, an immunization record.
  6. Applicants who receive the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship must submit ACT scores.

A Graduate Student must meet the following requirements:

  1. A fully completed application.
  2. Graduated with a B.A. or B.S. from an accredited institution
  3. 2.75 Cumulative Undergraduate GPA or 3.0 in last 60 hours or 3.0 in Content Major of Baccalaureate degree
  4. GRE (No minimum score required)
  5. One Letter of Recommendation: Statement of academic ability
  6. One Letter of Recommendation: Statement of personal character
  7. Personal Statement Essay: 200 words regarding professional plans & reason to acquire graduate degree
  8. Request your previous college transcripts be sent to:
    Williams Baptist University
    Office of Admissions
    56 McClellan Drive
    Walnut Ridge, AR 72476

Students previously enrolled and in good academic standing in a degree program who wish to re-enter Williams after absence of a full fall or spring semester are required to submit an application for re-admission. An application fee is not required; however, all students applying for re-admission to the University must not have an outstanding financial obligation to Williams Baptist University and must be current on all student loans. Official transcripts from each college or university attended since the last enrollment at Williams must be submitted. Any student who has been out of Williams for five years or more must resubmit transcripts of college/university work completed prior to attendance at Williams. If re-admission is granted, the students are expected to fulfill the degree requirements of the catalog under which they are re-admitted.

  1. ACT superscore of at least 20, SAT of at least 1030, or CLT of at least 66.
  2. At least a 2.6 average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A satisfactory class rank based on the standards of the particular high school attended.
  1. ACT superscore of at least 17, SAT of at least 920, or CLT of 57.
  2. At least a 2.25 average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. A satisfactory class rank based on the standards of the particular high school attended.

Applicants with an ACT score less than 17, or a high school GPA less than 2.25 will be denied admission.

Being denied admission isn’t necessarily a permanent status! If you’re denied, then…

  1. Retake the ACT or SAT and earn at least a 17.
  2. Raise your GPA to a 2.25 or higher before you graduate.
  3. Submit your new and final scores, and we will review your application again.

If you still do not meet both criteria upon graduating high school, then your admissions counselor will provide you with additional opportunities to try to get accepted… such as taking the ACT residual test or going through the appeal process. (we usually wait until the Spring semester before we explore these options)

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