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Arkansas Baptist College, originally named the Minister's Institute, was founded in 1884 by the Colored Baptists of Arkansas during their annual convention at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Little Rock. The primary objective of the institute was to raise the educational level within the negro ministry. The secondary objective was to aid the state in making higher education available to young negro men and women. Most of the school's students were trained in the ministry, and today, Religious Studies continues to be one of the College's significant areas of matriculation.
In April 1885, the College's name was changed to Arkansas Baptist College, and the school moved to 16th and High Street, where the campus is currently located; however, the formal address is now 1621 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive.
Thirteen presidents have served as institutional leaders of Arkansas Baptist College from 1887 through 2016. In August 2016, The Arkansas Baptist College Board of Trustees selected Dr. Joseph L. Jones as the College's 14th President. As President, Dr. Jones' promise to the College is to continue the College's efforts to remain steadfast in its journey, becoming recognized as an outstanding institution of higher education.
Arkansas Baptist College is an urban Historically Black College located in the historic Little Rock Central High District. It also neighbors the Wright Avenue District and the famous Paul Lawrence Dunbar Junior High School. The College is the only Baptist-affiliated Historically Black college west of the Mississippi and has a student population of one thousand from all across the United States. Founded in 1884 as the Minister's Institute, the College continues to be supported by the Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention.
Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development, and preparation for employment in a global community.
Arkansas Baptist College offers degrees in business administration, human services, criminal justice, and religious studies. The College also offers two-year associate liberal arts degrees and certificate programs. As one of Arkansas' most affordable institutions of higher education, the College strives to attract students who desire a personalized approach to their education with smaller classes, dedicated instructors, a sense of community, and spiritual values and principles integrated throughout their collegiate experience.
The Division of Enrollment Management and Retention provides a cohesive experience throughout all phases of the student lifecycle, from admissions and enrollment process, through graduation and beyond. The Division of Enrollment Management and Retention supports a more connected, comprehensive, and student-centered approach to the student experience. It integrates the academic experience with student life beyond the classroom.
A student who previously attended another college may enter Arkansas Baptist College as a transfer student depending on the nature of the academic record. Some or all of the credits earned may be transferred to Arkansas Baptist College. Students who have satisfactorily completed courses at an accredited institution may be admitted to regular standing with such advanced credit as their previous records may warrant.
Arkansas Baptist College has a large African American student population consisting of over 94%. The Race Summary Report highlights the diversity of enrollment composition. This area of the college website is designed to provide you with information about our range of programs and services that will hopefully enrich your Arkansas Baptist College experience.
ABC is devoted to creating a campus environment that supports your intellectual, personal, spiritual, and professional development. Whether you reside on campus or commute to campus, your engagement in the Arkansas Baptist College community's life will determine your success and the quality of your college experience.
The Division of Student Affairs is deeply committed to Arkansas Baptist College's educational mission. ABC provides programs and services that are designed to enrich your college experience. Arkansas Baptist College is a student-first oriented college that focuses on developing and building academic achievements. In return, students are provided with personal and professional growth.
Arkansas Baptist College is committed to accommodating a holistic learning environment in meeting life-long learning. The Division of Student Affairs and our staff are here to support you in reaching your highest potential. Please feel free to contact us regarding your academic, professional, and personal goals.
The purpose of the Division of Student Affairs at Arkansas Baptist College is to create a campus culture that reflects and advances the tradition of moral and Christian education. We seek to create, for, and with our students, and intentional family base community that will set the highest standards of academic, social, moral, and spiritual excellence through the fundamental ideals of a Baptist education.
The Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) Office of Student Activities plays an essential role in building the overall college experience foundation. Student Activities' goal is to complement academic programs striving diligently to ensure that education does not stop at the classroom doors. To this end, we work closely with faculty and staff across the campus to seamlessly link curricular and extracurricular activities. We are committed to building a community of leaders for tomorrow. Getting involved in student activities, organizations, clubs, and committees is an excellent way to develop leadership potential and enhance the college experience.

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