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Central Baptist College posted a student population of 745 for the Fall of 2017. CBC’s PACE Program serves 200 students with in-class, Online & Hybrid degree options.


Central Baptist College is owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas.


Central Baptist College is located in Conway, Arkansas. The city of Conway lies in the center of the state and has a population of 63,000, and Faulkner County has a population of 118,000. We are fortunate to be located in one of the most progressive and fastest growing cities in the state.

Conway is centrally located in the state and situated only thirty miles from Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, which brings metropolitan advantages. However, despite the closeness to a large, urban city, Conway still maintains the friendliness and security of a small town.

Conway is home to two colleges and a university, a thriving business community, scenic lakes and parks, and a vibrant community with endless opportunites for culture, recreation and shopping. Conway has the energy of a big city while maintaining its small-town quality of life that is simply second to none. You will love it here!

At the annual meeting of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention in 1891, a special committee was appointed to consider the founding of an educational institution for women. Colonel George W. Bruce was appointed the first Chairman of the Board, and property was soon acquired in Conway.

Central College opened in a Baptist church in 1892, while waiting on construction of the Main Building on the beautiful fifteen-acre campus. The purpose of the institution was to train women for efficiency in 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. The newly formed Arkansas Missionary Baptist Association purchased the property for $85,000, and Conway Baptist College opened its doors 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 its current appellation, Central Baptist College.

From humble beginnings, CBC has grown from approximately two dozen students to more than 700. The number of faculty has increased from five to over fifty full-time and part-time instructors. In addition, the curriculum has expanded to include a wide variety of baccalaureate degree programs in areas other than Bible. Much progress has been made.

Although many things have changed since 1952, Central Baptist College still remains committed to its mission and constantly strives to provide a quality, Christ-focused education for all its students.

The value of Christian higher education is the value that has always under girded Central Baptist College’s mission statement. Since the institution’s inception in 1952, its mission has focused on educating the whole person — intellectually, physically, and spiritually.

While many other colleges and universities subscribe to the notion of holistic education, it is the spiritual dimension of higher education that has made and continues to make Central Baptist College unique.

Mission Statement

Central Baptist College is committed to transforming lives through education that integrates Christian faith and academic excellence in a Christ-centered environment.


The following purposes were established to achieve the institution’s mission:

  1. To create an environment that fosters understanding, appreciation and a love for God’s word.
  2. To create a campus community that supports students and faculty in the acquisition of knowledge.
  3. To create excellent programs of study that challenge students and provide practical experience in the chosen discipline.
  4. To create an understanding among faculty and students of the need for lifelong learning.
  5. To create opportunities for spiritual growth and service to God.

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Additional Details

  • Undergraduate Degrees:Bachelor's
  • Undergraduate Enrollment:827
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  • Student to Faculty Ratio:Unknown
  • Room and Board:$6,300
  • Student Diversity – % Asian/Pacific Islander:Unknown
  • Student Diversity -% Hispanic or Latino:Unknown
  • Student Diversity – % Black or African-American:Unknown
  • Student Diversity – % American Indian/Alaskan Native:Unknown
  • Year Established:1952
  • Accreditation:Higher Learning Commission
  • Price Range $13,350 (includes fees)
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