C
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    C+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    C-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    D+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C-
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    C
  12. Safety
    B
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

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
90%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
860-1100
ACT Range
19-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
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Cost

Net Price
$16,782/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $14,975/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,391/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,583/ year
  • $76-110k
    $18,627/ year
  • $110k+
    $19,609/ 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
1,868Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
14%
Pell Grant
46%
Varsity Athletes
19%
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
68%
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
$32,900/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
48%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
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 is very religious and great community for any student who is a firm believer. The students are always involved in the community around the campus. The sport teams are always working with the community, schools, churches, or stores. The school gives off a polite feel. The teachers are all great people and will you help achieve success in their class.
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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.
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.