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Beginnings. Dallas Baptist University was originally founded as Decatur Baptist College in 1898 and was the first two-year institution of higher education in Texas. After moving to Dallas in 1965, DBU has maintained its roots to Decatur and its commitment to a Baptist heritage.

Location. Dallas Baptist University sits atop 292 acres on the hills of Southwest Dallas overlooking Mountain Creek Lake.

Affiliation. Dallas Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Enrollment. As of Fall 2013, total University enrollment stood at 5422 students.

Academic Programs.

Dallas Baptist University offers 69 undergraduate majors as well as 24 master's programs, including 49 Dual Master’s Degree Programs, two doctoral degree programs, and 32 Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs and encompasses the following academic divisions: College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry.  The Gary Cook School of Leadership offers doctoral degrees in Leadership Studies and Educational Leadership.

For more information about academics please see the Academics section of this web site.

Faculty. There are 127 full-time faculty members of which 79.5% hold a doctorate or terminal degree. The student/faculty ratio is 14:1.

Class Size. The average class size has 13 students.

Accreditation. Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Dallas Baptist University.

The Educator Preparation Program at Dallas Baptist University is accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and approved by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) to prepare, train, and recommend teacher, school counselor, diagnostician, reading specialist, principal, and superintendent candidates for certification.  Dallas Baptist University is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer the following business degrees:  Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Bachelor of Business Studies (B.B.S.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Arts in Management (M.A.M.) degrees. The Department of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).

Traditions. Founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, Dallas Baptist University embraces the legacy of more than 100 years of quality academics and vibrant University life. As the Patriots, the DBU family exemplifies the qualities of integrity, honor,and Christ-centered character along with a love and enthusiasm for DBU. Athletic traditions such as the Regiment firing the cannon after a soccer goal or a baseball home run, ringing the bell after a basketball victory, and the minutemen providing energy to the "Blue Brigade" student section create an exciting environment for all Patriot home games. The Patriot Cheerleaders and Patriettes Dance Team lead the crowd in cheers, chants, and the DBU Fight Song to support all Patriot athletics. Other University-wide traditions take place with athletic events such as Midnight Madness that begins basketball season and Homecoming week with float building, Mr. Big Chief, Extravaganza, Tailgate Party, and the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen. The Homecoming week activities were founded in the early years of Decatur Baptist College and remain an important part of every fall semester.

First-year students participate in University traditions as soon as they register for classes when they ring the replica Liberty Bell in the Mahler Student Center. First-year students also learn the core University value of Christ-centered servant leadership as they serve together on the final day of SWAT, an annual University welcome week for new students. Students have the opportunity to participate in other University Campus Life traditions such as University chapel services, Student Life events, and missions and service.

Financial Assistance. Eighty-three percent (83%) of our undergraduate students receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid. (Institutional aid includes academic, athletic, music performance, and Christian leadership scholarships.) Seventy-three percent (73%) of master's students and sixty-six (66%) of doctoral students receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

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