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Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, MO 4-Year Private

About Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Bolivar, MO

Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University currently enrolls around 3,039 students a year, including 2,379 undergrads. The institution runs on a 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term) academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $26,370,816. For each full-time student, Southwest Baptist University spends about $3,429.

Admissions Facts About Southwest Baptist University

Acceptance rate: 73%

Average GPA: 3.55

Mean ACT score: 22

Mean SAT score: 1061

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

What's the acceptance rate at Southwest Baptist University in 2021?

Southwest Baptist University is a moderately difficult school to get accepted to. The acceptance rate at Southwest Baptist University is 73 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.55 /4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Southwest Baptist University is 1061. The mean ACT scores is 22.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is Southwest Baptist University a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 66 percent of students who start at Southwest Baptist University return for their second year of college. Out of the 450 students who started at Southwest Baptist University as first-time freshman, 156 graduate within four years.

Around 48 percent 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 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $27,741 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Southwest Baptist University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Southwest Baptist University a good school for YOU?

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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

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

19 - 25

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

25 and Above


19 to 25


19 and Less


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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 19 and 25 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 19 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Southwest Baptist University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

450 - 560


Reading SAT Range

440 - 600

Southwest Baptist University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Southwest Baptist University is like? There are approximately 3,281 students enrolled at Southwest Baptist University, including 2,588 undergraduate students and 693 graduate students. 66% percent of students attend school full-time, 81% percent are from MO and 19% percent of students are from other states.


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