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DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY, founded in 1898, is a highly respected university with more than 90 competitive degree programs. DBU has a beautiful campus that sits on almost 300 acres conveniently located 15 miles from downtown Dallas and 29 miles from downtown Fort Worth. While accessible to all the city amenities, the DBU campus rests on a quiet, hilltop setting, giving students the best of both city and suburbs. Students who attend DBU have the opportunity to learn from qualified professors, foster lifelong friendships, and take part in service-learning trips around the globe.

DBU was ranked #35 by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges in Regional Universities (West) in 2014 and #1 Safest College in the state of Texas (Niche). 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.

As of the Fall 2016 semester, there were 5,319 students enrolled at Dallas Baptist University, with more than 588 international students from over 59 countries! Dallas Baptist requires academic excellence and remains committed to helping every student find adequate financial assistance to achieve his or her educational goals. 82% of incoming undergraduate students at Dallas Baptist receive university scholarships. In addition to a beautiful campus and committed faculty, Dallas Baptist has over 50 active student organizations ranging from academic and service organizations to Greek Life.

Dallas Baptist also has an unparalleled commitment to the attention and success of our international students. DBU has a large International Center that offers a great number of student services to ensure the success of all our international students. DBU is undoubtedly the ideal place for international students! 


  • Founded: 1898 Decatur Baptist College
  • Location: Southwest Dallas, Texas
  • Enrollment: 5,156 students
  • Academic Programs: 72 undergraduate programs, 62 accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, 29 master’s programs, 73 dual master’s degree programs, 2 doctoral programs
  • Faculty: 127 full-time faculty members, 84.2% hold a doctorate or terminal degree
  • Class Size: Average class size is 13 students
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13:1


Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $26,500

Room & Board: $8,500

Graduate Tuition: Varies by academic program.

Intensive ESL Program (8-weeks): $7,300

Intensive ESL Program (16-Weeks): $12,700

Financial Assistance: Some scholarships may be available based on merit and financial need.

*Please note Room & Board costs are calculated according to most commonly taken option.

**Also note, total tuition reflects mandatory fees.

***Intensive ESL Program cost includes tuition and fees, room and board, and health insurance.

English Proficiency Requirements (pick one):

TOEFL: Internet 71, Paper-based 525, Computer-based 197

IELTS: 5.5

PTE: 48

CAE: 163/47 

SAT or Equivalent Requirements:

SAT: 500/Critical Reading and Writing

ACT: Not Required.

*Freshmen students applying to Dallas Baptist may be accepted with SAT score of 500 in critical reading and writing to meet English requirement; students do not have to take both exams.

GPA Requirement: 2.5 or higher 

Application Deadline: Rolling deadline