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  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 1,780 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Southwest Baptist acceptance rate is 70%. Popular majors include Nursing, Business, and Psychology. Graduating 48% of students, Southwest Baptist alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $28,600.
1600 University Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference

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.

SBU Admissions

Acceptance Rate
70%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
990-1210
ACT Range
18-25
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action

Cost

Net Price
$17,765/ 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
$16,253/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

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

Online

Online Programs Offered
2
Offers Online Courses
Yes
Online Certificate Programs
0
Online Associates Programs
0
Online Bachelor's Programs
2
How Students Learn
  • Mix of Online and on Campus
    21%
  • On Campus
    72%
  • Online
    7%

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,780Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
884
Undergrads Over 25
13%
Pell Grant
54%
Varsity Athletes
21%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
  • Friendly
    69%
  • Stuck-up
    15%
  • Determined
    8%
  • Judgy
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
85%
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
  • 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
48%
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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I strongly advise this school for women and girls; I've never had any problems with harassment or feeling unsafe on campus, and they have a very serious attitude towards these kinds of harassment! There's much less of the drinking and drug-related problems you find on other campuses, even if that means people use their energy to be a little... odd sometimes.
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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.
Great school! The other students and staff are all very friendly and always more than willing to help. No one ever feels left, it feels like a large family.