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About SBU

Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a liberal arts university with:

  • More than 80 areas of academic study on undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels, giving you diverse options for selecting your field of study;
  • Faculty who are passionate about you, your education and your future success;
  • Global service and missions projects to share your faith and develop as a servant leader;
  • Vibrant campus life within a close-knit community, which is perfect for getting involved and developing lifelong friendships; and
  • Four campuses to provide high-quality higher education conveniently throughout southwest and south central Missouri. The 152-acre main campus is located in Bolivar, Mo., population 10,300 about 25 minutes north of Springfield, Mo. Branch campuses are in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, Mo.


Rooted in the Baptist faith, SBU's mission is to be a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.


One measure of affirmation of the high-quality academic programs at Southwest Baptist University is being accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1957.

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SBU has been selected as one of America's Best Christian Colleges© annually since 1996, and has been recognized as one of America's Best College Buys© since 1997.

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