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Colleges / Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University

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

Southwest Baptist University Admissions

If you are considering submitting an application to Southwest Baptist University, the fee for the application costs $30.

Southwest Baptist University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Southwest Baptist University's admissions stats.

Southwest Baptist University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.6
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 23%
Mean SAT Score 1061
Admissions Test Policy Not optional and are considered
Applicants Who Submit SATs 10%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 75%
Waitlist No

Southwest Baptist University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Southwest Baptist University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Considering Applying Early to Southwest Baptist University?

Southwest Baptist University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ See a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Southwest Baptist University Admissions

Transferring to Southwest Baptist University

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

For Students Waitlisted to Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Southwest Baptist University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when deciding who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Southwest Baptist University

What does Southwest Baptist University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Application Essay Important
Recommendation(s) Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Interview Considered
Talent/Ability Considered

Make sure to check with Southwest Baptist University for more information on admission factors.

Southwest Baptist University Application Requirements

To apply to Southwest Baptist University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Southwest Baptist University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Southwest Baptist University?

Students admitted to Southwest Baptist University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.6. Southwest Baptist University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

Out of all students that were admitted, 74% submitted a class rank. At Southwest Baptist University 23% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 81% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Southwest Baptist University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 22%
3.75 and 3.99 24%
3.50 and 3.74 19%
3.25 and 3.49 11%
3.00 and 3.24 9%
2.50 and 2.9 10%
2.00 and 2.49 4%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Southwest Baptist University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Southwest Baptist University considers ACT or SAT scores as part of the admissions process.

Southwest Baptist University is not test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 10% of Southwest Baptist University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 75% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Southwest Baptist University?

To be competitive with other Southwest Baptist University applicants, you should strive to earn between 998 and 1160 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Southwest Baptist University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1160 and 25% of scored lower than 998, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Southwest Baptist University student is 1061.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Southwest Baptist University students scored 600 or higher and 75% of students scored 483 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Southwest Baptist University students scored 590 or higher, and 75% scored a 483 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Southwest Baptist University?

To be most competitive at Southwest Baptist University, you should strive to earn between 18 and 25 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 25 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Southwest Baptist University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 25, and three out of four students scored lower than 25 on the ACT.

A 18 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Southwest Baptist University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 18.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Southwest Baptist University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Southwest Baptist University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Southwest Baptist University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Southwest Baptist University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Southwest Baptist University?

❌ Students who are admitted to Southwest Baptist University must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department.

Does Southwest Baptist University accept transfer credits?

✅ Southwest Baptist University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Southwest Baptist University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests

Does Southwest Baptist University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Southwest Baptist University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Southwest Baptist University?

✅ Southwest Baptist University is not test optional. You must submit test scores as part of the application.

What is Southwest Baptist University's acceptance rate?

✅ Southwest Baptist University has an acceptance rate of 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Southwest Baptist University?

❌ Southwest Baptist University does not offer early decision.

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Southwest Baptist University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Southwest Baptist University? Southwest Baptist University is a somewhat selective institution. The Southwest Baptist University acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 96 out of every 100 applicants.


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 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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Southwest Baptist University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.55. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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