Southern Colleges Week: Ouachita Baptist University

5 09 2011

We continue on today, featuring another of the South’s colleges with Baptist roots — Ouachita. Now, if you don’t know how to pronounce this Arkansas school, say it with me now — Wach-a-taw. Yes, that’s right.

Ouachita takes its name from the Ouachita River, and was founded in 1886. Since then, it’s gone on to be one of the South’s premier liberal arts colleges, even being ranked Number 1 Regional College in the South by U.S. News & World Report every year since 2008. Because of their large ROTC program, Ouachita is also fondly known as “the West Point of the Ozarks.”

Ouachita is a close-knit community, with 94% of students living on, and participating in, campus activities. You might recognize one of the most notable alumni, Mike Huckabee, former govenor of Arkansas and presidential candidate as being an Ouachita Tiger!




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