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Dallas, TX 75211-9299
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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University Rating: 3.9/5 (17 votes)

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Dallas Baptist University is a private liberal arts university that is strongly affiliated with the Dallas Baptist Association and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The school was founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College. Today there are over 5,000 students at the school, including over 3,500 undergraduates and nearly 2,000 graduate students.

The main campus is situated on 292 acres in Dallas overlooking Mountain Creek Lake, approximately fifteen miles southwest of the downtown. It features the newly constructed Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel, a 1,400 seat worship space with office and meeting spaces. There are branch campuses in Mansfield, Frisco, and Hurst.

The official scripture of the university is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”


Academic divisions consist of eight colleges: Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, College of Business, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Fine Arts, College of Professional Studies, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Gary Cook Graduate School of Leadership. In total, there are more than 60 majors, 20 master’s degree programs, nearly 30 dual master’s programs, and two doctorates.

DBU is particularly notable for its Applied Linguistics program, which is provided in partnership with the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics, located a short distance away from the university. This program offers training for students interested in serving on missions around the world as well as those who wish to work with organizations who translate the Bible into other languages. Students study phoenetics, cultural anthropology, and the principles of grammatical analysis.

Online Education

The university a large online education program, with several associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degree available entirely online. The majority of these are in one of three topic areas: Christian ministry, teaching, or business. Several joint degrees are a combination of these topics.

Undergraduate certificates are available in

  • Health Care Management
  • Information Systems and Technology
  • Management Practices

Advanced certificates are available in

  • Childhood Ministry Leadership
  • Distance Learning
  • Health Care Management
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Systems Management
  • International Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Ministry Leadership
  • Project Management
  • School Principalship
  • Worship Ministry

Most Popular Fields of Study


Admissions are moderately competitive. Some health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.

Financial Aid

In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, the university offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. These include the Christian Leadership Scholarship, for students showing exceptional leadership in their faith communities; the Academic Honors Scholarship, for students with excellent academic performance including a minimum score of 25 on the ACT; the Academic Excellence Scholarship, for students with excellent academic performance including a mininum score of 30 on the ACT; and the Baptist Minister’s Dependent Scholarship, for the children of ministers actively serving in Baptist churches.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 472nd for the average student loan amount.
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Residing on Campus

Nearly half of all undergraduates live on campus. Residences include traditional dormitories, apartments, and townhomes. The Colonial Village Apartments accommodate four students per two bathroom, two bedroom unit. The apartments are in close proximity to an outdoor pool and wooded walking trails. The Williamsburg Village Townhomes offer three bedroom, three bath units with front porches. Alcoholic beverages and drugs are not allowed on the campus or in any of the residences at any time.

Dining on Campus

The campus offers a traditional, buffet-style dining hall. Other dining options include the Patriot Café, the Daily Bread Bistro, and the Fill My Cup Coffee House.

Clubs and Organizations

There are over 60 student organizations to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. Organizations include Christians in the Visual Arts, American Association of Christian Counselors, College Republicans, Mu Kappa Alpha (Missionary Kids’ Alliance), Baptist Student Ministry, and Bible Studies.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic teams are known as the Patriots. The Patriots compete in the NCAA Division II, except for the baseball team which is Division I. They also belong to the National Christian College Athletic Association, the Heartland Conference, and the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The cheer team, the Diamond Belles, are an auxiliary group of the athletic department. The Patriots are known for their discipleship program, Champions for Christ. School colors are red, white, and blue.


The annual Ring Commissioning Ceremony is a long-standing campus tradition. The school ring is graced by a cross in the school colors of red, white, and blue. It is said to symbolize the Christ-centered education that students receive at the university.

The Mr. Big Chief Pageant is an annual beauty pageant in which male students are judged by their talent, beachwear, formalwear, and interview performance.

The All-University Carnival is a traditional carnival held every spring, complete with a velcro wall, cakewalk, dunking booth, and Battle of the Bands.

Grandparents Day is a special event specifically for students and their grandparents, with several community and elder-honoring events.


Well-known alumnni include:

  • Christian musicians Kari Jobe and Chris Clayton
  • Texas House of Representatives members Gwyn Shea and Phil King
  • Major league baseball players Billy Brewer, Freddy Sanchez, Ben Zobrist, Lew Ford, and Jason LaRue.

Information Summary

Ranks 26th in Texas and 913th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 11 0.20
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 3,703 0.30
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 133 0.01
Forcible Rape 428 0.03
Robbery 4,066 0.33
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 18,727 1.53
Larceny 35,148 2.87
Vehicle theft 7,984 0.65

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Dallas, TX 75211-9299
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population68,693 (68,693 urban / N/A rural)
Households18,806 (3.61 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,702
Families14,502 (4.10 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemFour-one-four plan
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationBaptist
Congressional District4830

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1013th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $22,050 $22,050 $22,050
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $735 $735 $735
FT Graduate Tuition $13,410 $13,410 $13,410
FT Graduate Required Fees $300 $300 $300
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $745 $745 $745
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $34,176 $34,176 $34,176
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $39,378 $39,378 $39,378
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $29,415 $29,415 $29,415

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $19,900 $21,110 $19,900 $21,110 $19,900 $21,110
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $2,130 $2,220
On-Campus – Room & Board $6,120 $6,498
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,673 $2,763
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,423 $9,756
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $4,581 $4,743
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $4,581 $4,743

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$25
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 2,631 (1,078 male / 1,553 female)
Admitted 1,113 (464 male / 649 female)
Admission rate 42%
First-time Enrollment 492 (204 male / 288 female)
FT Enrollment 488 (203 male / 285 female)
PT Enrollment 4 (1 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment5,422

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA, NCCAA
NCAA / NCCAA Basketball Conference Heartland Conference
NCAA / NCCAA Baseball Conference Missouri Valley Conference
NCAA / NCCAA Track & Field Conference Heartland Conference

ACT Test Admission

373rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 59%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 27

SAT Test Admission

199th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 41%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 472 / 656
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 476 / 648
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 948 / 1304

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity1,861
Meals per Week20
Room Fee$3,228
Board Fee$3,540

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 484th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $86,493 ($88,791 male / $65,488 female)
Number of FT Faculty 124 (74 male / 50 female)
Number of PT Faculty 125
FT Faculty Ratio 1.0 : 1
Total Benefits $3,728,638

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