Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University, also known as SBU, is a private university located in Bolivar, Missouri, United States. It was established in 1878. The main campus spreads across an area of more than 150 acres. The university operates several campuses in Bolivar, Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield. SBU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study. The university is organized into the following colleges:

  • College of Business and Computer Science
  • College of Science and Mathematics
  • Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry
  • Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters
  • Lewis E. Schollian College of Education and Social Sciences
  • St. John's College of Nursing and Health Services

SBU's athletics department supports several sports teams which are nicknamed the Bearcats. These teams compete in the NCAA Division II of the Mid-America intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Bearcats participate in various events including the Mid-America Collegiate Soccer League and the NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) Region IV.

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Contacting Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave
Bolivar , MO 65613-2596
General Phone: (800) 526-5859

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Southwest Baptist University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching289education, educational administration, superintendency and administration, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, art education, math teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ...
Nursing and Emergency Medicine181EMT paramedic, registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling82psychology, physical therapy
Business and Management67business, business management, accounting, finance, international business, marketing
Religion and Philosophy39religion, bible studies, missionary studies, religious education, religious music, theology, theological and ministerial studies
Liberal Arts30Spanish language, English, English language and literature, general studies, interdisciplinary studies, political science, sociology, history
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy18parks and recreation studies, health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Media14communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering12computer and info science, computer science
Security and Law Enforcement6criminal justice and administration
Science6biology, chemistry
Photography and Commercial Art5commercial art
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Office and Administration3office management
Family and Social Work2human services
Art Studies0art studies
Engineering Technician0occupational safety tech

Number of programs and degrees for Southwest Baptist University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree36748
Master's degree1923
Post-master's certificate291
Associate's degree1375
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years01
Doctor's degree - professional practice401

Southwest Baptist University Student Body

In 2007-2008, Southwest Baptist University had a total enrollment of 3,539 students (3,004 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 64%
Graduate 36%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 84%
Black 2%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 3%
18-19 20%
20-21 21%
22-24 18%
25-29 14%
30-34 8%
35-39 6%
40-49 7%
50-64 3%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

South Dakota1%

Southwest Baptist University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 72 %

Southwest Baptist University Room and Board (2007)

Southwest Baptist University offers campus housing for 1,104 of its 3,004 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Bolivar, Missouri for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Missouri Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Southwest Baptist University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal440590
SAT Math420600
ACT Verbal1928
ACT Math1826
ACT Composite2026

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerequired
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT12%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT94%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Southwest Baptist University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 15,704
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,704
Room and board $ 5,166
Room charge $ 2,666
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Southwest Baptist University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 250200)

Southwest Baptist University Faculty

Southwest Baptist University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1512
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1719

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year7$72,7094$74,844
Associate professorcalendar year0*2*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*3$41,354
Instructorcalendar year2*4$36,092
All faculty totalcalendar year11$64,02613$54,443

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year17$55,9308$52,691
Associate professoracademic year12$44,5253$51,384
Assistant professoracademic year20$43,08814$41,471
Instructoracademic year11$37,68914$35,270
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year61$45,73540$41,934

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Southwest Baptist University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Division II Independents
Basketball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Baseball Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Track Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports52025

Southwest Baptist University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Chemistry Teacher Education
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Social Science Teacher Education
Superintendency and Educational System Administration

Engineering Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Human Services, General

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
General Studies
History, General
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious Education
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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What Sets Southwest Baptist University Apart:

% of degrees in education and teaching
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Top 7%Southwest Baptist University % of degrees in education and teaching
% of degrees in religion and philosophy
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 12%Southwest Baptist University % of degrees in religion and philosophy
Number of degree programs
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Southwest Baptist University Number of degree programs
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 14%Southwest Baptist University % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 14%Southwest Baptist University Dorm rooms per full-time student
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 16%Southwest Baptist University Female % of student body

checked Southern Baptist affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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