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DBU Quick Facts


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.

4,766 students

Dallas Baptist University sits atop 368 acres on the hills of Southwest Dallas overlooking Mountain Creek Lake.


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


As of Fall 2018, total University enrollment stood at 4,766 Students.

Academic Programs

Dallas Baptist University offers seven Associate degrees and 85 undergraduate majors as well as 32 master's programs, including 73 Dual Master’s Degree Programs, two Doctoral Degree Programs, and 69 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, Graduate School of Ministry, and Provost. The Gary Cook School of Leadership offers doctoral degrees in Leadership Studies and Educational Leadership.

  • 85 Undergraduate Programs
  • 69 Accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Programs
  • 32 Master's Programs
  • 73 Dual Master’s Degree Programs
  • 2 Doctoral Degree Programs

For more information about academics please see the Academics section of this website. For a list of DBU’s current academic programs with assigned CIP codes, see DBU Academic Programs with CIP Codes.


There are 132 full-time faculty members of which 82% hold a doctorate or terminal degree. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1.

13:1 Student/Faculty Ratio
Class Size

The average class size has 13 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.

Dallas Baptist University’s Dorothy M. Bush College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), the sole national accrediting body for educator preparation providers having programs leading to certification/licensure, bachelor’s, master’s, post-baccalaureate, and doctoral degrees in the United States and internationally. CAEP accreditation confirms that DBU’s undergraduate educator program has demonstrated that it meets standards set by organizations representing the academic community, professionals, and other stakeholders.

The Educator Preparation Program at Dallas Baptist University is also 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).

Dallas Baptist University Intensive English program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

Student Outcomes


University Core Competencies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Logic/Critical Thinking/Deductive Reasoning
  • Written/Oral Communication
  • Computer/Technology Skills
  • Christian Worldview/Integration of Faith and Learning
  • Responsible Citizenship
  • Integrated Service-Learning
  • Physical/Emotional Wellness
  • Information Literacy
Goals for the Program of General Studies
  1. The program of general studies provides students with the tools for critical thinking, learning, and communication.
  2. Through the general studies curriculum, students develop appreciation for and awareness of the culture, heritage, and faith of our society.
  3. The program of general studies recognizes the interrelatedness of the disciplines.
  4. Students’ abilities in problem solving, mathematical logic, and computer skills are developed, as well as the students’ abilities to meaningfully question, analyze, and examine information through the general studies curriculum.
  5. The development of a Christian worldview is foundational in the program of general studies.
  6. Meaningful learning in general studies courses promotes the ability to adapt to change.
  7. The general studies curriculum reflects a commitment to the integration of faith and learning.
  8. An effective program of general studies focuses on the individual’s health and well-being, including spiritual, emotional, and physical development.
  9. The foundation for lifelong learning developed through the general studies program includes service-learning opportunities which, in meeting learner-centered educational objectives and outcomes, channel competencies and proficiencies in service to the community and foster responsible citizenship.
  10. Through the program of general studies, students are equipped through information literacy skills to retrieve facts from various sources with discernment in quality.
Student Achievement

For information related to retention and graduation rates, visit College Navigator.


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 and ringing the bell after a basketball victory provide energy to the "Blue Brigade" student section that creates 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. Patriot, 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.

The Official DBU Cross Ring serves as a symbol of the Christ-centered education students experience at DBU. Through the University hymn, To God Be The Glory, the DBU family thanks God for all of His blessings and His guidance throughout the history of the school.

Financial Assistance

88% of our undergraduate students receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid. (Institutional aid includes academic, athletic, music performance, and Christian leadership scholarships.) 73% of master's students and 73% of doctoral students receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid.

  • 88% of Undergraduate Students Receive Financial Aid
  • 73% of Master's Students Receive Financial Aid
  • 73% of Doctoral Students Receive Financial Aid

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.


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