East Texas Baptist University, affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and sciences.


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. It became East Texas Baptist College in 1944.


East Texas Baptist University is an institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1912.  Our purpose is the development of intellectual inquiry, social consciousness, wellness, skills for a contemporary society, global awareness, and Christian character, for we believe that these endeavors prepare students to accept the obligations and opportunities to serve humanity and the Kingdom of God. Our primary focus is on quality academic programs in the humanities, natural and social sciences, fine arts, and selected professional areas. We are committed to Christian stewardship and to providing and maintaining an environment conducive to learning, leadership development, and academic excellence.  We affirm that the liberal arts form the surest foundation for education and that the Christian faith provides the surest foundation for life.


We strive to serve students of varied ages and of diverse socioeconomic, geographic, cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  We seek students who demonstrate a potential for success in our supportive and challenging environment.  We employ Christian faculty who are dedicated to teaching, scholarship, advising, and service as they model the principles of the Christian faith. As a Baptist university we are committed to the integration of learning and Christian faith in the pursuit of truth.


East Texas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master's degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of East Texas Baptist University.  The Commission on Colleges should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution's significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard in The Principles of Accreditation.

- National Association of Schools of Music
- Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education
- The Board of Nursing for the State of Texas
- Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education
- Texas Education Agency


Approximately 1300 students

Athletic Affiliation
NCAA Division III - American Southwest Conference


School Colors
Navy and Gold

Student/Faculty Ratio

Average Class Size

Other Important Information

Christian-focused education that emphasizes the integration of faith and learning.

Common for students to refer to ETBU as “home” rather than “school.”

More than 84% of full-time faculty have earned doctorates or terminal degrees.


Students are taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants.


For the 4th consecutive year, ETBU has been named to the 2014 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service.


Over 5,000 hours of community service have been obtained by the members of the Learning and Leading Class at ETBU.  


ETBU Nursing students achieved 100% pass rate of the National Council (Board of Nursing) Licensure Examination for 2015.  Additionally, our teacher education graduates’ pass rate for the state licensure exam (TExES) was 97% for 2013-14.