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Study at 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 Course Topics. 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.

Profile of Southwest Baptist University

The campus of Southwest Baptist University is in Bolivar, MO, which is a town not particularly near any major cities. Its Southern Baptist nature is one of the defining aspects of the school. Southwest Baptist University is a private, not-for-profit institution. Degrees at the school include, at the school's highest level, the Doctoral degree.

Course Topics

Southwest Baptist University is known for its programs in education and teaching and nursing and emergency medicine.

Southwest Baptist University Selectivity

Admission at the school is selective, not open to all who apply. Three quarters of students in 2007 had SAT verbal scores of at least 430. Half of math SAT scores of accepted students fell between 400 and 590.


The school has a tenure system for senior faculty.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, Southwest Baptist University had 3, 539 students enrolled (2, 599 full-time equivalent).

Student Life

The school offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. Southwest Baptist University offers students meal plans. The school values student athletics, and belongs to the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

The school reports its educational mission is:

"Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society. "

Southwest Baptist University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching273education, elementary school teaching, educational administration, superintendency and administration, physical education teaching, middle school teaching, music teaching, art education, . . .
Nursing and Emergency Medicine140registered nursing, EMT paramedic
Business and Management70business management, accounting, business
Religion and Philosophy50missionary studies, bible studies, religion, religious music, theology, religious Education
Therapy and Counselling45psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts40general studies, English, sociology, history, political science, Spanish language, interdisciplinary studies
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy17sports and fitness management, athletic trainer, parks and recreation studies, health and physical Education
Media13communication studies
Science11biology, chemistry
Photography and Commercial Art6commercial art
Computer Science and Engineering5computer and info science, computer science
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Security and Law Enforcement4corrections and criminal justice
Art Studies3art studies
Family and Social Work2human services
Engineering Technician0occupational safety tech

Contact: Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University

1600 University Ave

Bolivar, MO 65613-2596

General Phone: (800) 526-5859


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