Rate this HBCU Day 61: Arkansas Baptist College

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We last covered Savannah State University which received an average score of 5.5.

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We now look at the last HBCU in Arkansas we have not covered, Arkansas Baptist College. A small HBCU, it was founded in 1884 by the Black Baptists of Arkansas as the Minister's Institute to train clergy and provide basic education for Blacks in post-Reconstruction Arkansas. It was long hosted in the Mount Zion Baptist Church until it had its own building in 1900.

The man most responsible for its founding, Rev. Elias Camp Morris, was a close friend and ally of Booker T. Washington and much of the school's early history revolved around whether to establish vocational or liberal arts training. The long time president Joseph A. Booker who served from 1887 to 1926 dominated the early years and growth of the institution.

Arkansas Baptist is probably the least well-known of the schools, especially compared with the well-known Philander Smith. Unfortunately it is also one of two HBCUs currently under monitoring by the Department of Education due to financial issues. It was audited in 2018 and found to have misused federal funds and so was put under monitoring and accreditation probation. It has recently moved off accreditation probation and has new leadership but has seen a drop in enrollment and a fight to survive. Hopefully a revival like Paul Quinn or Claflin University is possible but it is too early to tell.




Founded: 1884

City, State: Little Rock, AR

Type: Primarily 2-year associates, some 4-year bachelors; Private not-for-profit (Baptist affiliated)

Nickname: Buffalo

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 414 (all undergraduate), 88% Black

Part-time student percentage: 17%

First Generation Student Percentage: 45%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 78% / 2%

Out of State Percentage: 66% (Top States: Louisiana, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Texas)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: Open admissions

4-yr/8-yr graduation rates: 9% / 26%

Transfer out rate: 49%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 78% male/ 22% female (0.28:1)

Tuition: $9k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $26k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: N/A

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $27k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
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Top Majors by Degrees:
Business Administration, Religious Studies, Health Care Human Resources, Criminal Justice

Endowment: N/A

Alumni Engagement: N/A

Athletic Conference: Continental (NAIA)

Mascot: Buffalo

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Notable Alumni:

James Lewis a.k.a (Lil' JJ or Big JJ) - actor and comedian best known as star of Nickelodeon's Just Jordan
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E. Alice Taylor - prominent hairdressing businesswoman and NAACP leader in Boston
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Louis Jordan - jazz saxophonist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee
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Main Campus
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Main Building
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Gymnasium
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@murksiderock @Marc Spector @Swaggatron @Kiyoshi-Dono @Taadow @DUKE ILLINGTON - the Arkansas crew
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