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East Texas Baptist University

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Established  1912
Undergraduate tuition and fees  23,280 USD (2015)
Mascot  Toby the Tiger
Endowment  56.16 million USD
President  Blair Blackburn
Acceptance rate  56% (2014)
Phone  +1 903-923-2000
Colors  Navy Blue, Gold
East Texas Baptist University
Former names  College of Marshall (1912-1944) East Texas Baptist College (1944-1984)
Motto  A world of opportunity in a community of faith
Type  Private four-year undergraduate
Affiliation  Baptist General Convention of Texas
Address  1 One Tiger Dr, Marshall, TX 75670, USA
Notable alumni  Chris Elrod, Sam B Hall Jr, Brock Gill, Bob Utley, Jack Hyles
Similar  Howard Payne University, University of Mary Hardin–Baylor, Hardin–Simmons University, LeTourneau University, Louisiana College

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East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, coeducational Christian university in Marshall, Texas, United States associated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.



ETBU is located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation, which is at the highest altitude in Harrison County. ETBU was founded as the College of Marshall in 1912, after a campaign to create a Southern Baptist college in East Texas. The campus' first building, Marshall Hall, was completed in 1916. It was designed to house a gymnasium, library, chapel/theatre, administrative offices and classrooms. The College of Marshall opened the following year in 1917 as a two-year junior college and academy. The College was greatly enlarged during the aegis of President Frank Shelby Groner who served as president of the college from 1928 until 1942. It became East Texas Baptist College in 1944


The student to faculty ratio is 14:1 and the average class size is 22.


ETBU is fully accredited with the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1957, ETBU became an accredited member of the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The accreditation was last reaffirmed in 2009, with the next reaffirmation due in 2019. ETBU also is accredited by The Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas for Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), the Commissions of Collegiate Nursing Education, and the National Association of Schools of Music.

ETBU ranked twelfth among forty-eight schools in the category of Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the West Region in the U.S. News & World Report's publication "America's Best Colleges 2008".


During the day, the campus is patrolled by the on-campus security officer. Security cameras record 24 hours a day and are monitored from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. Call boxes are placed in strategic locations around campus. At night, the campus is monitored by private security officers (off-duty Marshall City Police Officers).

Academic buildings

  • Marshall Hall
  • Scarborough Hall
  • Ornelas Spiritual Life Center
  • Ornelas Student Center
  • Dean Healthplex
  • Keys Gym
  • Craig Hall
  • Harvey Daniel Bruce
  • Murphy Science Center
  • Bennett Student Center
  • Redwine Instrumental Music Building
  • Jenna Guest Music Building
  • Fred Hale Business Building
  • Mamye Jarrett Library
  • Meadows Hall
  • Residence halls

  • Centennial Hall
  • Feagin Hall
  • Fry Hall
  • Linebery Hall
  • Mabee Housing Complex
  • Ornelas Residence Center
  • University Apartments
  • Van Zandt Apartments & Campus Houses
  • Mascot

    The mascot for ETBU is a tiger, "Toby." ETBU also has a live Tiger mascot named "Sarge" who is housed off campus.

    Notable alumni

  • Rick Edmonds, Southern Baptist pastor and since 2016 the District 66 member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in East Baton Rouge Parish.
  • Chris Elrod, Christian comedian and writer
  • Sam B. Hall, member of the United States House of Representatives (1976–85) and United States District Judge (1985-94).
  • David S. Ritsema, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church Waxahachie (2012-present) and Resident Fellow at B. H. Carroll Theological Institute (2010-present).
  • References

    East Texas Baptist University Wikipedia