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C+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    A-
Southwest Baptist is a private, Christian university located in Bolivar, Missouri in the Springfield, MO Area. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 1,835 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southwest Baptist acceptance rate is 73%. Popular majors include Nursing, Elementary Education, and Business. Graduating 45% of students, Southwest Baptist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,600.
About Southwest Baptist University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Address
1600 University Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613
Website

Southwest Baptist University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
73%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
900-1180
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$18,401/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$14,630/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.23 responses
76%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
76%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,835Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
987
Undergrads Over 25
12%
Pell Grant
52%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Friendly
    69%
  • Stuck-up
    15%
  • Determined
    8%
  • Judgy
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
80%
Poll
90%
of students say they don't have Greek life.21 responses
Poll
45%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Christ-centered, caring, academic community
    93%
  • Success-oriented
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$33,700/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
45%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
95%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.20 responses
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Southwest Baptist University Reviews

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Southwest Baptist University is a great school that creates an amazing Christian filled environment for its students. The professors are very helpful and are always there whenever you need them. The student body is absolutely amazing! There are many events put on to encourage fun while also building community.
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I thought overall it seems like a good university. The professors for the most part are truly caring and get involved to make sure to help you succeed spiritually and physically in the world around you. I wish there were more options for some majors but they are in the workings of expanding classes! I was Criminal Justice/Psychology double major and those professors were really into what the students wanted and needed to help flourish in their fields!
I enjoyed my time at SBU. It has a very homey feel, with small classroom sizes. The teachers are friendly and everyone knows everyone! The downfall is it is in a very small town and there is not much to do or places to get part time work. I made some of the best friends I have ever had at this school, though because we weren't distracted by the busyness of a city and had to make our own fun possible!