Southwest Baptist University

Founded in 1878, SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY is a liberal arts university with more than 80 areas of academic study on undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels; providing students diverse options for selecting their field of study. The institution has four campuses to provide high-quality higher education conveniently throughout southwest and south central Missouri.

The 152-acre main campus is located in Bolivar, Mo., population 10,300 about 25 minutes north of Springfield, Mo. Branch campuses are in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, Mo. Southwest Baptist University is committed to the success of its students , in and out of the classroom. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing resources and assistance to help students reach their full potential.

Various academic resources are available to SBU students including tutoring, study sessions and one-on-one academic advisement. Class sizes are intentionally small, with an average class size of just 24 students, which allows for personalized instruction. Faculty maintain regular office hours and are easily accessible to students. Peer mentoring is available through the Run 2 Win program and the University Libraries offers research assistance, study rooms, computer labs and other resources.

SBU has been selected as one of America’s Best Christian Colleges annually since 1996, and has been recognized as one of America’s Best College Buys since 1997.

Student Testimony:

Kinsey S.“I love having the opportunity to grow. The transition from high school to college is difficult, but the professors are so helpful. They have high expectations for me in class. At SBU, you are held to a higher standard.”

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  • Founded: 1878
  • Academic Programs: Over 80 areas of academic study
  • Service: 30 annual global service projects
  • Financial Assistance: 98% of students receive some form of financial aid
  • Average Class Size: 24
  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15:1
  • Enrollment: 1,503 undergraduate students on the Bolivar Campus
  • Athletics: 18 NCAA Division II athletic teams
  • Campus Life: More than 45 student clubs and organizations

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With more than 80 areas of academic study, SBU can help you pursue your academic and professional goals. In addition, SBU offers a number of academic resources including: career services, university libraries, the University Writing Center, Math Lab, tutoring, and the University Success Center for first-year and transfer students. Click here to browse academic programs at Southwest Baptist University.


Undergraduate Tuition & Fees: $23,290

Room & Board: $7,600

Graduate Tuition 2018-2019: Varies by academic program.

Financial Assistance: International Students are eligible for academic scholarships ranging from $8,500 to $12,000.

*Please note Room & Board costs are calculated according to most commonly taken option.

**Also note, total tuition reflects mandatory fees.

English Proficiency Requirements (pick one)

GPA: 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale

ACT: 21/ SAT: 990 composite score

Top 50% of high school rank in class

TOEFL: 550 PBT; 213 CT; 79 IBT

Application Deadline: Fall – June 1