Southwest Baptist University 1

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1600 University Avenue

Bolivar, MO 65613

Phone: (417) 326-5281
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Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Southwest Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1878. It has a rural setting and the campus size is 180 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Southwest Baptist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $19,150 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1878, Southwest Baptist University has been an evangelical Christian University with a long-standing Baptist heritage. As a distinctly Christian university, integrating faith with every academic pursuit is the cornerstone of an SBU education. We are committed to helping students grow mentally and spiritually. We encourage every student to integrate knowledge, character and faith into their everyday lives with the goal of preparing to be servant leaders in a global society. The academic quality of SBU students can be seen from these recognitions: The Forensics Team (speech and debate) has won the national championship of the Pi Kappa Delta National Forensics Tournament for 19 of the last 26 years; the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) team won its 22nd consecutive regional championship in 2006; and our Computer Information Science teams have consistently earned top-10 finishes in national competitions and first-place finishes in Missouri. SBU has a long history of encouraging scholar athletes, many of whom have been named to NCAA Division II Academic All-Americans. The University's objective is to remain an affordable, high-quality, private Christian institution. Among recent honors: SBU has been named one of America's Best Christian Colleges for 10 consecutive years. For 11 years, SBU has been recognized as one of America's Best College Buys and one of the lowest priced Midwest universities. SBU is one of only eight colleges and universities in the United States being honored with the "Courts Redford Award for Excellence in Student Missionary Deployment" by the Southern Baptist Convention's North American Mission Board for SBU's "strong commitment of excellence" in deploying student missionaries in 2006. While every department at SBU addresses issues of faith in the classroom, these unique programs offer in-depth emphasis on ethical and cultural issues: The College of Business and Computer Science has adopted Psalm 15 as a guiding principle for students, to graduate servant leadership roles in business and computer science. The Intercultural Studies Program prepares students to answer the call to reach every nation, tribe and tongue through spiritual, academic and practical preparation- including a six-month period of study abroad. The SBU Honors Program recognizes servant leaders for their accomplishments and excellence in academics, intercultural experiences, and spiritual development. SBU students enjoy amenities of a beautiful, small-town campus, 30 minutes from Springfield and 90 minutes from Branson. The campus is close to many beautiful lakes, parks, and the Ozark Mountains.

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School type private
Year founded 1878
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Southwest Baptist University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 26. The application fee at Southwest Baptist University is $30. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.2% 4
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 26

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Academic Life

The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 62 percent.

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Student Life

Southwest Baptist University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

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Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Southwest Baptist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Southwest Baptist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Southwest Baptist University, 95 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Southwest Baptist University.

Students who have cars on campus 95%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Tuition and fees $19,150 (2012-13)
Room and board $6,350 (2012-13)
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