Central Baptist College
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|Central Baptist College|
|Religious affiliation||Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas|
|Location||Conway, Arkansas, USA
|Colors||Blue and Gray|
|Sports||Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Volleyball, Wrestling|
|Mascot||Mustangs & Lady Mustangs|
Central Baptist College is a four-year, private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas. Majors are available within the fields of behavioral science, business, general education, missions, music, religion, and science. Located on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus, CBC was founded in 1952 and awards both associate and bachelor's degrees. Enrollment is at 470 for traditional students with a 55% to 45% male to female ratio, and over 200 non traditional PACE Students. Students are required to live on campus their freshman year (with exceptions). The academic calendar at Central Baptist College is divided into semesters. Extracurricular activities at CBC include a chorus, intramural sports, student service organizations, and student government organizations. Varsity sports teams compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Chapel services are required once weekly for all full-time students.
The city of Conway lies in the middle of the state and has a population of approximately 52,000. Conway is situated thirty miles from Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, which brings metropolitan advantages.
Central Baptist College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
At the annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1891, a special committee organized the founding of an educational institution for women. Colonel George W. Bruce was appointed the first Chairman of the Board, and they acquired property in Conway. Central College opened in a Baptist church in 1892, while waiting on construction of the Main Building on the 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus. The purpose of the institution was to train women for home, church, business, and society.
Central College flourished for fifty-five years until its demise in 1947. Following its closure, the campus lay dormant for a number of years until it was purchased in 1952 by the newly formed Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas for $85,000. They founded Conway Baptist College, which opened in September 1952 with Dr. D. N. Jackson serving as the first president of the college. The name of the institution was changed in 1962 to Central Baptist College.
CBC has grown from approximately two dozen students to more than 500. The growth rate has significantly increased over the past several years. In 2007, CBC was ranked as the "3rd Fastest Growing College in Arkansas", public or private. The number of faculty has increased from five to approximately fifty full-time and part-time instructors.
Academic Degree Offerings
- Bible - BA
- Bible - BS
- Biology - BS
- BioTechnology - BS
- Business - AA
- Business Administration - BBA
- Church Music - BS
- Education - AA
- Health Science-BS
- Early Childhood
- General Education (PACE) - AA
- General Studies - BA
- General Studies - BS
- Health Sciences - BS
- Leadership and Ministry (PACE) - BS
- Management - BBA
- Management Information Systems (PACE) - BS
- Marketing - BBA
- Missions - BS
- Music - BA
- Organizational Management (PACE) - BS
- Psychology and Counseling - BS
- Science - AA
- Social Science - AA
- Christian Counselling
- Religious Education
- Pastoral Studies
- Recreational Leadership
- Religious Education
- Sports Management
- Youth Ministry
Central Baptist teams, nicknamed athletically as the Mustangs, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball and volleyball.
Central Baptist College is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.