Baptist University of the Américas (BUA) is providing tours of its new facility at 7838 Barlite Blvd. during the Grand Opening on Tuesday, Aug. 2.

The 69-year-old university on the Southside has moved from eight outdated buildings off I-35 South where it has been located since 1965 to a foreclosed medical office building built in 2006 that has been remodeled.

The Grand Opening begins at 10 a.m. with a short ceremony, followed by tours until 2 p.m.

Speakers will include BUA President René Maciel, BUA Board President Van Christian, Baugh Foundation Officer Babs Baugh, Texas Baptists Executive Director David Hardage, and BUA Vice President for Student Services/Enrollment Management Mary Rangel.

The new building, named the Baugh Building to honor the school’s largest benefactor, has a student union, classrooms, offices, a library and a chapel.

“It’s a turning point in our history,” said President René Maciel. “We are thrilled for our students to be able to experience modern facilities and for the university to have room to grow.”

BUA provides certificates and college degrees for students not only to enter the formal ministry in churches, but also to minister while serving in their secular careers. The 300-student institution with students from more than 20 countries has a strong donor base that provides funding to keep tuition affordable.

The university is raising funds to build a campus on property nearby, but it was becoming expensive to upgrade the current campus. This Baugh Building will be home to accommodate increases in the student population in recent years.

The building will be used as funds are raised to build a larger campus on 66 acres the school owns on the other side of I-35. Trustees approved launching a three-year, $5 million capital campaign, “A New Journey,” to purchase and remodel the Baugh Building. ranked BUA #1 in Texas among the most affordable private schools and #1 as the most affordable Bible college in Texas.

BUA offers five bachelor’s degrees and one associate degree. Students take 30 hours of Bible during their four years and attend chapel services twice a week.

Students can earn bachelor’s degrees in Biblical/Theological Studies, Business Leadership, Human Behavior, Music, and Spanish Language & Literature and an Associate in Cross Cultural Studies. BUA is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is affiliated with Texas Baptists/Baptist General Convention of Texas.