Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO 65613-2596


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Town
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 3,691
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist
Student to faculty ratio 15:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 1,098 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Southwest Baptist University is less selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 1,820 applications and 1,632 students were granted admission. Southwest Baptist University is at the #88 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 90% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 5% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT860 to 1100
ACT19 to 25

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Southwest Baptist University's tuition was $21,600 for all students regardless of residency (19.4% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Learn more about tuition & fees

Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Southwest Baptist University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 46% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $4,362 (which is 0.9% below the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Southwest Baptist University in 2016-2017, was 294, which is 67% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $6,815 (which is 15.6% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Southwest Baptist University has enrolled a total of 3,691 students (2,159 students full-time and 1,532 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 3,691 students, 273 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 37% men and 63% women and 2,973 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 718 for graduates studies.

The institution also enrolled 400 students for distance studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

White: 71%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 20%

Black/African American: 4%

Hispanic: 2%

Two or more races: 1%

Asian: 1%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Non-resident alien: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Southwest Baptist University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Health Professions And Related Programs 62% 974 117
Education 12% 190 0
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 1% 21
Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities 1% 18
Mathematics And Statistics 1% 18
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 1% 18
Social Sciences 1% 16
Psychology 1% 14
History 0% 6
Philosophy And Religious Studies 0% 6

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Southwest Baptist University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Southwest Baptist University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $28,800. Last year, out of the total 972 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 894 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 1,113 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 946 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $28,800 $32,900
Employment Rate 92% 85%
Total Graduates 972 1,113

Campus Location

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25.9 mile away
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26.8 mile away
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