SBU Mission Statement
Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.
Be a Bearcat at SBU
SBU professors bring learning and faith together to give students a liberal arts education that offers more than just preparation for a career. Students are intellectually engaged through faith-inspired academic and campus life programs. The result? A culturally relevant education that equips Bearcats for a lifetime of success.
SBU has been recognized for being one of America’s 100 Best College Buys ® for 16 years and one of America’s Best Christian Colleges ® for 15 years. SBU’s financial aid program has been recognized as one of America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past six years.
Academic offerings include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 80 areas of study, including pre-professional programs, business, and nursing as well as liberal arts majors.
About SBU Students
Approximately 3,600 students, including about 850 graduate students, attend classes at SBU on its four campuses. Nearly 1,600 undergraduate students attend classes at the Bolivar campus with more than 1,000 undergraduate students taking classes at the branch campuses.
SBU students are free to express Christian faith and values in the classroom, where they are challenged to pursue academic excellence. Students deepen their faith by living, studying, praying, and playing with students from all walks of life and at all stages in their spiritual journey.
At SBU there are many opportunities to grow as a Christian while exploring interests on and off campus. SBU students go on mission trips, study abroad, travel to academic contests and sporting events, go on musical tours, attend campus Bible studies and Chapel services, or serve in the local community.
SBU students also participate in several academic and extra-curricular organizations including: Enactus, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, forensics, intramural sports, performing groups, Student Association, and the University Activities Council.
Message to Prospective Students from the President
SBU is committed to being Christ-centered in every facet of university life and preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society. At SBU you will be challenged to examine issues of faith while pursuing academic excellence. You will be encouraged to engage in community service.
You will be invited to learn more about your fellow students and appreciate their diverse backgrounds. You will study with outstanding faculty who will challenge you to think critically and develop a Christian worldview. I invite you to join our SBU family.
Dr. C. Pat Taylor, SBU President
Be intellectually engaged through faith-inspired academic programs that will challenge you and prepare you for your future.
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