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Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, MO 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%
Acceptance Rate96%

About Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University Overview

Southwest Baptist University is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Bolivar, Missouri. Southwest Baptist University was founded in 1878 and the school currently enrolls around 3,039 students a year, which includes 2,379 undergraduate students. Southwest Baptist University ensures housing for up to 1,097 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 70% of students spend their weekends on campus.

Student Activities at Southwest Baptist University

Are you interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Southwest Baptist University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Southwest Baptist University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Southwest Baptist University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Southwest Baptist University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Southwest Baptist University on the Student Life page.

2022 Southwest Baptist University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 10%
Tuition $25,990
Percent of Need Met 69%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $26,812

Is Southwest Baptist University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what Southwest Baptist University offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Southwest Baptist University

It is moderately difficult to get into Southwest Baptist University. The acceptance rate at Southwest Baptist University is 96%. Last year, 878 students applied to Southwest Baptist University and 844 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Southwest Baptist University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 66% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Southwest Baptist Universityare still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 48% of students who started at Southwest Baptist University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Southwest Baptist University Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Check with Southwest Baptist University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Southwest Baptist University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Southwest Baptist University's endowment was valued at $27.9 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $3,429 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Southwest Baptist University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Southwest Baptist University meets 69% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Southwest Baptist University full-time are awarded $26,812 a year in financial aid, on average.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $25,992 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA as soon as you can. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Southwest Baptist University.

Based on this information, how does Southwest Baptist University sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Southwest Baptist University a good school for you?

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Where is Southwest Baptist University Located?

Southwest Baptist University is located in the small town setting of Bolivar, Missouri.

If you are interested in seeing Southwest Baptist University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 44, State Highway 13 to Bolivar, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Springfield-Branson National, Kansas City International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Southwest Baptist University and Bolivar are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1600 University Avenue Bolivar, MO 65613-2597

Campus Setting: Small Town

Southwest Baptist University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Southwest Baptist University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Southwest Baptist University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Southwest Baptist University ACT Scores


ACT Range

18 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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25 and Above


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Southwest Baptist University is 22. Students with an ACT score of 25 and above have a good chance of getting into Southwest Baptist University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 18 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 18 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Southwest Baptist University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

998 - 1160


Math SAT Range

520 - 600


Reading SAT Range

483 - 590

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1160 and Above


998 to 1160


998 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Southwest Baptist University students is 1061. Applicants with SAT scores of 1160 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Southwest Baptist University, while applicants with SAT scores between 998 to 1160 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 998 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Southwest Baptist University.

Southwest Baptist University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Southwest Baptist University is like? There are approximately 3,039 students enrolled at Southwest Baptist University, including 2,379 undergraduate students and 660 graduate students. 57% percent of students attend school full-time, 80% percent are from MO and 20% percent of students are from other states.


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