FAQ and Answers

  1. Why do students come to OBI?
  2. Where are our students from?
  3. How do people hear about Oneida Baptist Institute?
  4. What grade levels are offered at OBI?
  5. Is Oneida Baptist a school for 'problem kids'?
  6. What percentage of OBI graduates go on to higher education?
  7. When does OBI admit students?
  8. What can Oneida Baptist Institute offer my child that another school does not provide?
  9. What activities are available to students at OBI?
  10. How does the Oneida Baptist maintain its distinctive Christian approach?
  11. What if we're not Baptists? (or not even Christians?)
  12. What kind of success rate does Oneida Baptist Institute have?
  13. Does OBI offer financial assistance?
  14. What forms of discipline are used with students at OBI?
  15. How often may boarding students go home for a visit?
  16. Is there a Dress Code at OBI?

Why do students come to OBI?

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Where are our students from?

Approximately one-third of our students come from Kentucky. Another 47% are from other states in the U.S. International students comprise about 20% of our enrollment.

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How do people hear about Oneida Baptist Institute?

Most of our publicity happens the old-fashioned way: word of mouth. Students and their families share the news of our ministry with others who need to know. Many churches and other people in helping professions recommend us. Often, families find OBI on the internet while searching for boarding schools.

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What grade levels are offered at OBI?

We accept boarding and day students in grades 6-12. Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, we are also accepting K-5 day students.

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Is Oneida Baptist a school for 'problem kids'?

We are not a reform school, and we do not focus exclusively on students who have problems. We do, however, often accept students who may be struggling in some area of their lives. We do not accept any student who is not physically and emotionally able to be away from home. During our evaluation process, we  thoroughly examine each student's school and medical records. We do not accept every student who applies, even if that student has been recommended by a church or is active in church. Oneida is a perfect fit for many but not all young people. If you have questions about whether your child is appropriate, contact our admissions department.

Many of our students who may have started out with problems immediately show improvement as they respond to factors in the OBI environment--whether it be individual attention in the classroom, supportive adults and peers, a structured daily routine or the simple message of God's love for them.

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What percentage of OBI graduates go on to higher education?

Approximately 60% of our graduates go on to some form of higher education.

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When does OBI admit students?

We believe in meeting needs when they arise; therefore, we admit students year-round, though not every day. Our admissions process goes on throughout the year and students are interviewed and admitted on Sundays (except within three weeks of a major break). We strongly encourage new students to enroll for summer school at OBI before they begin the regular school year. With a reduced enrollment and lighter daily schedule, it's a great way to get acclimated to life at OBI. For more information, see our "Admissions" page.

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What can Oneida Baptist Institute offer my child that another school does not provide?

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What activities are available to students at OBI?

Through elective courses during school, students may experience many diverse subjects. After school, our young people may work in a variety of jobs including the farm, the campus grill, the cafeteria, yard crew and dorm/school building cleaning crews. They may choose to participate in sports, drama or pep band or join a club or organization like FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Academic Team, National Honor Society, Baptist Campus Ministry or Student Council.

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How does the Oneida Baptist maintain its distinctive Christian approach?

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What if we're not Baptists? (or not even Christians?)

We have never required that students or their families be Baptist or even Christian. In fact, many of our students do not profess to be Christians when they enroll. We respect the right of each young person to make his/her own decisions, but we unashamedly present the message of the Gospel. Every year, many respond and put their faith in Christ. 

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What kind of success rate does Oneida Baptist Institute have?

Our definition of success has an eternal perspective. While we are privileged to witness many conversions here on campus, the spiritual seeds we plant at Oneida may not take root and grow until much later in a student's life. The same is true for the other aspects of a child's life. We watch countless numbers of students grow and thrive in academics, work and other areas of responsibility. Some who showed little growth here may apply principles learned at Oneida later in their lives.

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Does OBI offer financial assistance?

Oneida provides financial assistance for virtually every student. Our fees for room and board are well below the actual cost it takes to feed, house and educate each student. The average boarding school in America charges about $20,000 per year. The average fee charged to OBI students is about $5,700 per year. Additionally, many schools require the fees for each semester to be paid in advance, but our fees are paid monthly. No U.S. student with legitimate financial need is ever turned away for lack of money.

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What forms of discipline are used with students at OBI?

With clearly communicated and consistently upheld rules, OBI students have the chance to make their own choices and to experience the results of their choices. To curb negative behavior or poor choices, students may experience after school detentions, work suspension, writing essays, extra "hours" of work or being "campused" (grounded). On the other hand, students who consistently make positive choices are often promoted to leadership positions in the dorm or on their work crews. OBI is notorious for acknowledging student achievements with awards and other forms of affirmation. Each student who enrolls at OBI receives a student handbook which details our expectations.

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How often may boarding students go home for a visit?

Dormitory students may have one weekend home per month, provided they live close enough for this to be feasible. Additionally, one other weekend a month the family may come to visit with the student on campus.

Our school schedule provides plenty of time for our young people to also enjoy extended periods of time with their families: fall break, Thanksgiving break, Christmas break, spring break, plus several long weekends. Because we do not normally cancel school for any reason, the school year ends in mid-May allowing for a long summer break.

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Is there a dress code at OBI?

Yes. Our dress code is NOT a school uniform, but it is very strict. The Dress Code is available in our Admissions Forms. It is important for parents to read our Dress Code thoroughly so the student will not spend money on clothes they cannot wear at OBI, or bring clothes to OBI that will be confiscated.

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