Southwest Baptist University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Southwest Baptist University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 90% in 2016, Southwest Baptist University is a largely accessible school, and students with solid grades and standardized test scores are highly likely to be admitted. To apply, prospective students will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT. For complete guidelines and information about applying, be sure to visit the school's website.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Southwest Baptist University Acceptance Rate: 90%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Southwest Baptist University Description:

Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a four-year, private, Southern Baptist university in Bolivar, Missouri, with additional locations in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield. SBU has consistently earned a place as one of America’s Best Christian Colleges and as one of America’s 100 Best College Buys. Including graduate students, SBU campuses have a total student body of about 3,800 and a student / faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The university offers 13 undergraduate degrees and 5 graduate degrees in over 80 areas of study through the College of Business and Computer Science, College of Education and Social Sciences, College of Sciences and Mathematics, Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters, Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry. SBU offers a long list of student clubs and intramural sports. On the intercollegiate front, the SBU  Bearcats compete in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) for most sports. The university fields eight men's and nine women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,691 (2,973 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 36% Male / 64% Female
  • 63% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $22,508
  • Books: $1,500 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $7,460
  • Other Expenses: $2,000
  • Total Cost: $33,468

Southwest Baptist University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 96%
    • Loans: 71%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $15,277
    • Loans: $6,994

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Elementary Education, Nursing, Psychology.

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 69%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 36%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Baseball, Soccer, Track and Field, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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