Decatur Baptist College opened its doors in 1898 as the first two-year, institution of higher education in Texas, with a focus on liberal arts. In fact, it is listed with the Wise County Historical Society for being a historical landmark—Decatur was the first planned junior country not just in Wise County, Texas, but the world! The school was constructed after The Baptist Convention bought the prodiverty and some very generous residents of Wise County pulled together the money to get it up and running. As such, the school has long been known for being well supported by the community.
As the name suggests, the school was located in Decatur, and thrived there for many years until the Dallas Baptist Association suggested a moved to Dallas. The campus made the move and corresponding name change in 1965, setting up shop southwest of the state capital. Other campuses have since popped up in Plano, Hurst ad Mansfield. Just five years later, it expanded its programming, offering four-year degrees. Though Decatur Baptist College moved from its original historic ground, the main building of the campus still stands today. In fact, that administration building has been standing even longer than the school itself; it was constructed in 1893.
Almost 100 years after its inception, in 1985, the school’s name officially changed to what we know it as today; Dallas Baptist University. DBU is now home to a College of Arts and Sciences, the Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, the Dorothy M. Bush College of Education and a College of Business. Among these, there are 68 undergraduate, 22 graduate and three doctoral programs offered to prospective students. Many programs are, however, offered online for those already in the workforce, and distance learning opens up the school’s ministry to students from afar. As with most school’s today, Dallas Baptist University has many options in online courses, weekend college, dual and accelerated degree programs—a plethora of ways to make quality education, with a strong Christian foundation, more available to the masses.
Even with well over 5,000 students, most classes have less than 20 students, making the learning experience as intimate as a campus much smaller in size. The goal at DBU, is for all students to learn the importance of servant leadership and to be able to seamlessly blend Biblical faith and academic learning in their daily lives. This effort is made easier by the school’s Student Life Office, which churns out a wide variety of activities, events, and services that encourage students to draw from the spiritual, social and physical lessons they learn year round. Other regular events include bible studies, mission trips and conferences. One of the most fun events in student life is the Mr. Big Chief pageant---a longstanding DBU tradition where male students compete in a mock beauty pageant, showing off their talents, looks and brains. DBU’s athletic department is also a big part of campus life. There are unique options in club sports, such as bass fishing, cheerleading, ice hockey, swimming and Patriettes, the university’s official ambassadors. At the collegiate level, DBU has men and women teams in soccer, golf, tennis cross country and track and field, as well as women’s volley ball, and men’s baseball and basketball.
Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Other programs focused on teacher, principal and superintendent education, business and music also have their own specific accreditations.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:3,094
Calendar System:Four-one-four plan
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