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Maranatha Baptist University

United States
  • 192 QS World University Rankings 2013
  • 186 QS World University Rankings 2014
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About Maranatha Baptist University

Maranatha strives today to fulfill its mission of more than 50 years-to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.”

Students can choose from 31 majors, 35 minors, 8 associates programs as well as a Master of Education in Teaching and Leading and a Master of Organizational Leadership. In addition to the university, Maranatha Baptist Seminary offers 8 graduate degrees, including the Master of Divinity and the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching and Leading.

Courses were taught to a combined 1,399 students through the University, Seminary, and Maranatha Online during the 2015-2106 academic year. The students came from 46 states and 20 countries.

Several distinctives that set Maranatha apart from other Christian colleges. From a spiritual perspective, its fundamental Baptist position and local church emphasis are vital. From an academic perspective, regional accreditation and the wide scope of its programs offer graduates nearly unlimited career and ministry opportunities.

Campus information

Maranatha’s campus encompasses 79 acres overlooking the community of Watertown, Wisconsin. Since the initial purchase of grounds and buildings in 1968, the university has added a gymnasium, library, preschool, science lab, and dining complex.  As well as new residence halls, athletic fields, modular classrooms, and additional land. All buildings are within easy walking distance for students, and shuttle service is provided for female dorm students during inclement weather

Old Main is the campus’s iconic building, was purchased from the Brothers of the Holy Cross in 1968. Built in four stages over 21 years beginning in 1873, the four-story brick building has dominated the campus since Maranatha’s early years. Today, Old Main houses offices, classrooms, a student center, a post office, a bookstore, two performing arts halls, and Maranatha Baptist Academy. Its chic coffee shop, Old Main Café, provides comfortable seating and lots of great beverages choices.

Maranatha is located in the city of Watertown, which sits on the banks of the winding Rock River in southeastern Wisconsin. Watertown, with a population of more than 23,000, offers a friendly, small-town atmosphere with convenient access to Milwaukee and Madison.

Located strategically near Interstate 94, Watertown offers residents easy access to Milwaukee to the east and Madison to the west. Both cities are approximately one hour’s drive from Watertown.


Maranatha’s five women’s dorms stand on the north side of campus and share plenty of parking lot space. Each room has many possibilities for decor, and residents enjoy filling their rooms with color and life.

  • Day Hall
  • Gould Hall
  • Hilsen Hall
  • Malford Hall
  • Weeks Hall

Maranatha’s five men’s dorms form a semicircle on the south side of campus surrounding a large grassy quad. Students enjoy pickup football and soccer games on the quad. A parking lot is situated conveniently behind the men’s dorms, and each dorm has its own vending machines.

  • Armitage Hall
  • Carey Hall
  • Judson Hall
  • Leland Hall
  • Spurgeon Hall


Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 1 Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Beauty, Personal Care 1 Business, Management 3 Creative Arts & Design 1 Education and Teaching 3 English Language 1 Health and Medicine 1


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