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 293 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 2012,
total University enrollment stood at 5622 students.
Academic Programs. Dallas Baptist University
offers 60 undergraduate majors, as well as 22 graduate programs,
including four dual degree programs, and encompasses seven colleges: 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, and College of Adult Education. The Gary Cook School of Leadership offers graduate degrees in Higher Education, Christian Education, Global Leadership, and Worship Leadership, and doctoral degrees in Leadership Studies and Educational Leadership. For
more information about academics, please see the Academics
section of this web site.
Faculty. As of Fall 2007 there were 112 full-time faculty
members, of which 72% hold a doctorate or terminal degree.
The student/faculty ratio is 15:1.
Class Size. The average class
has 14 students. About 95% of undergraduate classes
have an enrollment of less than 40 students.
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. Inquiries to the accreditors should relate
only to the accreditation status of the institution.
The teacher, principal, and superintendent
education programs of the University are accredited by the
State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). The College
of Business is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) to offer
the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) and the Master
of Business Administration (M.B.A.) business degrees. The
Dallas Baptist University Department of Music is accredited
by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM).
Traditions. Dallas Baptist University's
mascot is the Patriot, which symbolizes the love and enthusiastic
support the students, faculty, staff, and alumni have for
the University, just as the early American founders felt for
the establishment of our new nation. Continuing the patriotic
theme are our colors of red, white, and blue. The official DBU Cross Ring serves as a symbol of the Christ-centered education students experience at DBU. Students receive the Official DBU Cross Ring during a Ring Commissioning Ceremony just prior to fall and spring commencement services. Through DBU's
hymn To God Be The Glory, we are able to thank God for all
of His blessings and His guidance throughout our history.
Financial Assistance. Over 70% of incoming
students receive financial aid. (Institutional aid includes
academic, athletic, music performance, and Christian leadership
scholarships.) Students who may qualify for state and federal
financial assistance programs can request specific information
by contacting the Office of Financial Aid at (214) 333-5363.
in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your
own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He will direct your paths."
Dallas Baptist University
seeks students desiring a Christ-centered quality education
founded on the premise of integrating Biblical faith
and academic learning. DBU has outstanding programs
to meet the needs of both traditional age students and