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 University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Valley Conference
Address
1600 University Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613
Website

Admissions

Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Southwest Baptist University

Cost

Net Price
$16,892/ year
National
$15,431
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $16,941/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,345/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,746/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,378/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,039/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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
2,011Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
16%
Pell Grant
47%
Varsity Athletes
20%
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
76%
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 Southwest Baptist University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$32,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
49%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
89%
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 perfect school for someone who likes to be surrounded with people that have the same belief as them. If you want support in your walk with Christ this is the school for you. Although, if you stray from the typical Christian you will be ridiculed and looked down upon because you are different. I would like to see the diversity in the SBU community greatly change to more open minded and wider ethnicity. The university is located in a small town and some people may like this but you have to drive 45 min for a decent night out.
Review Southwest Baptist University
Firstly, this university is solid when it comes to providing a Christ-centered education. The professors and staff here are Christ followers whose interest in your life extends beyond the classroom. They will talk with you, pray with you, and laugh with you. There are however, many downsides to this college. For instance, the financial aid department is incredibly flawed. The campus living, while adequate in terms of living conditions, is both overpriced and designed to screw you over. The requirements to live off campus are just a money-trap for the university. Not only that, but living in the dorms traps you into buying a full meal plan for the university, which essentially is garbage. This is also overpriced ($7 per meal). These dorms also come with rules and regulations. You are not allowed to bring members of the opposite sex onto the hall EVER except for specified times (once on Friday and once on Saturday), and as a freshman you have to sign a curfew sheet EVERY NIGHT.
I love Southwest Baptist University (SBU)! Welcome Week was a great experience that helped me get involved with the school and meet new people. Everyone at SBU is kind and caring. The professors are great and they care about their students on a personal level. The school is a little over an hour from my home, so it is far enough away to give me independence, but close enough to home for me to visit often. If I had to choose a college again, I believe that I would choose SBU.