Arkansas Baptist College

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Arkansas Baptist College
Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College.JPG
Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College
Type Private, HBCU
Established 1884
President Dr. Fitz Hill
Students 1100
Location Little Rock, Arkansas, Arkansas,
United States

34°44′6″N 92°17′26″W / 34.73500°N 92.29056°W / 34.73500; -92.29056Coordinates: 34°44′6″N 92°17′26″W / 34.73500°N 92.29056°W / 34.73500; -92.29056
Colors      Purple
Mascot Buffaloes

Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College
Location 1600 High St., Little Rock, Arkansas
Area less than one acre
Built 1893 (1893)
Part of Central High School Neighborhood Historic District (2012 boundary increase) (#12000320)
NRHP Reference # 76000457[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP April 30, 1976
Designated CP June 7, 2012

Arkansas Baptist College (ABC) is a private, historically black liberal arts college located in Little Rock, Arkansas. Founded in 1884 as the Minister's Institute, ABC was initially funded by the Colored Baptists of the State of Arkansas. It is the only historically black Baptist school west of the Mississippi River. The main building on its campus, built in 1893, is one of the oldest surviving academic buildings in the state,[2] and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.


Its current president, Fitz Hill, the 13th president in the history of the college, is a former professor at UCF and a former head football coach at San Jose State University.


The school's baseball team competes in Region 2 of the National Junior College Athletic Association. The school's baseball program plays part of its schedule at Gary Hogan Field in Little Rock. The Buffs Head Baseball Coach is Roger Mallison


Arkansas Baptist College was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission in 1987. In February 2014 the Commission placed the college on notice that it was at risk for being out of compliance with the Commission's criteria for accreditation. In August 2015 the Commission gave the College a Show-Cause order to present a case that its accreditation should not be withdrawn. The Commission will make a determination in 2016 on whether or not it will continue to accredit the College.[3]

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  1. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "NRHP nomination for Main Building, Arkansas Baptist College" (PDF). Arkansas Preservation. Retrieved 2015-11-30. 
  3. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status as of February 1, 2016". Higher Learning Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 

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