Southwest Baptist University

1460 S Pike Ave, Bolivar, United States
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Overview of Southwest Baptist University

About this school

Southwest Baptist, founded in 1878, is a church-affiliated, comprehensive university. Its 152-acre campus is located in Bolivar, 28 miles north of Springfield.
  • Institution Type


    Private

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:2,822
    • Men:1,017 (36.0%)
    • Women:1,805 (64.0%)

Location

Admission Information

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Southwest Baptist University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
-
4
Mathematics
-
3
Science
-
2
Foreign Language
-
-
Social Studies
-
2
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
2

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
August 25
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Accepted with or without writing component
Use of SAT/ACT Essay
SAT: Not used ACT: Not used

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1600 University Avenue
City, State, Zip
Bolivar, MO  65613-2597
Phone
(417) 328-1810
Fax
(417) 328-1514
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer Of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Recommended for all freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
3 required for some freshmen
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular|Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/ Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 1,754 applicants were admitted
Women
74% of 1,012 applicants were admitted
Men
74% of 742 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
703 (54%) of 1,298 admitted students enrolled
Women
415 (55%) of 749 admitted students enrolled
Men
288 (52%) of 549 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.50
375 And Above
43%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
13%
3.00 - 3.24
12%
2.50 - 2.99
11%
2.00 - 2.49
3%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
534 average |443-600 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
3%
• Score 600 - 700
29%
• Score 500 - 600
37%
• Score 400 - 500
24%
• Score 300 - 400
7%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
Sat Critical Reading
539 average |460-580 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
5%
• Score 600 - 700
19%
• Score 500 - 600
40%
• Score 400 - 500
34%
• Score 300 - 400
3%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
23 average |20-25 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
7%
• Score 24 - 29
35%
• Score 18 - 23
47%
• Score 12 - 17
11%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - $24,010 (68.15214305989214%)
  • Room & Board: - $7,720 (21.91314220834516%)
  • Other Expences: - $1,500 (4.257734885041158%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $2,000 (5.676979846721544%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expences
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Southwest Baptist University accepts installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
-
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline February 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002502
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
433 (95.6%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
391 (90.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
391 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
97 (24.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
81%
Average Award
$23,107
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 337 (86.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,299
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 259 (66.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $3,779
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 391 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
52 (11.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $10,662

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
1,608 (89.6%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
1,475 (91.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
1,475 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
273 (18.5%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
71%
Average Award
$19,846
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 1,244 (84.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,299
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,070 (72.5%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,255
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 1,475 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
237 (13.2%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $9,933

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
71%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$29,429
Parents Borrowing Plus Loans
-
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special achievements/activities, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Not reported
Creative Arts/Performance
Art/Fine Arts, Debating, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Religious Involvement
Special Characteristics
Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation, Siblings of Current Students

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,880

Academics & Instruction

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


4-1-4

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Required

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


155

Part-Time Faculty


178

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


28%

Regular Class Size


  • Not reported

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • Not reported

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
-

Computing


Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
345
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Southwest Baptist University provides wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


64.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


33.3%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


44.6%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


46.0%

Programs & Majors

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (53)


  • Accounting
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Bible/Biblical Studies
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Commercial and Advertising Art
  • Computer Science
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Customer Service Management
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Finance, General
  • Health Teacher Education
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • History, General
  • Human Services, General
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Office Management and Supervision
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies
  • Pastoral Studies/Counseling
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Religious Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theology/Theological Studies

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


No online degree programs

Special Programs


Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Health professions and related sciences, Education, Business/marketing

Online Degrees


Engineering

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Master of Science, Master of Business Administration

Master's Programs of Study (4)


  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration

Campus Life

Location & Geography

Population


10,487

Nearest Metropolitan Area


152 acres

Environment


Small town/city

Campus Size


Weather


Temperature
20.4 average low in January, 84.4 average high in September
Rain
109 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Airport
28 mile(s) from campus in Springfield
Nearest Bus Station
Bolivar
Nearest Train Station
75 mile(s) from campus in Warrensburg

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Men only housing, women only housing, disabled student housing

Students of College Housing


51% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Students required to live on campus through junior year

Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


49%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Not available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Not offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Bear Cats
School Colors
Purple and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
basketball, football, sand volleyball, soccer, softball, table tennis, volleyball

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Southwest Baptist University offers choral groups, drama theatre, student newspaper, enactus, student government association, fellowship of christian athletes, student missouri state teachers association, psy chi

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Army ROTC is offered off campus

Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


1,835

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
2,822
Women
1,805
Men
1,017

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.9% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 0.7% Asian
  • 6.0% Black/African-American
  • 2.8% Hispanic/Latino
  • 1.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.2% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 84.4% White
  • 3.9% Unknown

International Students


1.4% from 22 countries

Average Age


Number of Graduate Students


770

Student Resources

Study resources