Maranatha Baptist Bible College Becomes Maranatha Baptist University

Name Change Reflects the Institution’s Mission and Christ-Centered Liberal Arts Education

WATERTOWN, WI, December 13, 2013—A three-year strategic initiative to “make the message plain” has culminated in the official name change of Maranatha Baptist Bible College to Maranatha Baptist University.

“For over 40 years, we have defined ourselves as a comprehensive, co-educational, Baptist Bible college,” shared University President Dr. Marty Marriott. “But we have neither been a traditional Bible college nor a traditional liberal arts college—an issue that has often led to us being misunderstood.”

Maranatha Baptist University offers 31 majors, 34 minors, 4 associate programs, and a Master of Education degree through the College of Arts and Sciences (which includes the Departments of Applied Science, Humanities, and Music), the College of Bible and Church Ministries, the School of Business, the School of Nursing and the School of Education.

Maranatha Baptist Seminary, as the flagship of the University’s local church purpose and Baptist identity, offers six graduate degrees, including the Master of Divinity.

The University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC) under the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), an accreditation pathway based upon the principles of continuous quality improvement. Maranatha Baptist University provides a Christ-centered, biblically based liberal arts education in an environment marked by intellectual rigor and inquiry.

The University’s nursing program has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Master of Education degree has recently been approved by the HLC. The University offers an excellent ROTC program (40 cadets strong) that has performed at top levels in the state of Wisconsin and beyond.

Through the University’s Office of Online and Distance Education, “Bridge to Campus” students located in California, Louisiana, and Maryland utilize high definition video conferencing to attend first year classes. Over 200 undergraduate and graduate classes and 4 programs are offered in an online or distance education format for high school and college students as well as adult learners.

As a NCAA Division III and NCCAA Division II institution, the University competes in 11 intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports.

“When we step back and take a comprehensive look at all that Maranatha offers, we see a University,” said Marriott. “We believe Maranatha Baptist University simply reflects what Maranatha is and has been for many years.”

Marriott affirmed that the mission of Maranatha Baptist University—to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory”—will not change, nor will its Baptist distinctives.

“Maranatha will always be Baptist, dispensational, and evangelistic,” stated Marriott. “We will hold fast to our separatist position and continue to emphasize local church involvement. These tenets are part of our heritage and for us, are non-negotiable.”

The name change was revealed to the student body in a special chapel. Students received t-shirts to celebrate the occasion and were encouraged to share the news with family and friends through social media.

Executive Vice President Dr. Matt Davis communicated the next steps in the branding process, including the development of a new mascot.

“Choosing a new mascot is an exciting part of this process for all of us, especially for our student body,” shared Davis. “We’re asking for input from everyone in our University family. Students are already contributing ideas, and we’re enjoying what they’ve shared with us so far.”

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About Maranatha Baptist University

Maranatha Baptist University provides a Christ-centered, biblically based liberal arts education in an environment marked by intellectual rigor and inquiry. The University emphasizes the local church and personal outreach, providing each student with a platform to fulfill God’s plan for his or her life. A degree from Maranatha prepares students to answer God’s call to the pulpit and the marketplace, here at home and around the world. For more information on the University, Seminary, and Online programs, visit


Maranatha Baptist University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. (Website: Phone: 312-263-0456).

The BSN program at Maranatha Baptist University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (