#12 Best Private Colleges in Missouri

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

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Southwest Baptist University overview
Location Bolivar, Missouri
Online sbuniv.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation Southern Baptist
Southwest Baptist University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Southwest Baptist University (SBU), located in Bolivar, Missouri, is a private Christian liberal arts institution founded in 1878. The campus boasts a blend of historic and contemporary architecture and provides a suburban setting approximately 30 minutes north of Springfield, offering a serene learning environment amidst the Ozark landscape. SBU enrolls students across its various undergraduate and graduate programs, highlighting degrees in nursing, education, and theology among its diverse academic offerings. The university's admissions process is moderately selective. Housing options are available on campus for students who choose to immerse themselves fully in the college experience. SBU is recognized for integrating faith into its educational ethos, with a curriculum and community life that reflect its Baptist heritage.

In the most recent statistical year 881 prospective students applied, and 877 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 283 enrolled in the school.  1,451 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 935 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $25,990 plus fees of $1,048. Southwest Baptist University is ranked 1028 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












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Admission Standards

Southwest Baptist University overview
SAT 928/1148
ACT 19/25
GPA 3.55

Applications Accepted

Southwest Baptist University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Southwest Baptist University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,500
Other Fees$1,048
Room and Board $8,290
Budget for Other Expenses$2,000
Total One Year Cost$38,828

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$36,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

48% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Southwest Baptist University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 39%
Education 14%
Business 9%
Psychology 7%
Theology and Religious Vvocations 6%

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