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Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a private Christian college with campuses in Bolivar, Springfield, Salem and Mountain View, Missouri. Our mission is to equip students academically, spiritually and socially for a lifetime of servant leadership.

Coronavirus Update

Southwest Baptist University is continuing to monitor the novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19") outbreak. We are staying up to date on the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and being proactive in implementing measures to keep our community safe. View our Coronavirus response page for the latest information regarding how SBU is responding to the coronavirus outbreak.

SBU Coronavirus Update

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Points of Pride

Southwest Baptist University is a private Christian college recognized for its excellence in Christian higher education, scholarships and affordability, and superior curriculum.

  • One of America's Best Christian Colleges each year since 1997
  • One of America's 100 Best College Buys each year since 1996
  • "A" rating on general education curriculum (American Council of Trustees and Alumni) — one of just 25 institutions nationwide
  • Named one of the nation's Best Private Colleges for Minimizing Student Debt (LendEDU)

SBU's Commitment to Success 

SBU adjusts admissions process during global pandemic

Southwest Baptist University is adjusting its admissions process on all campuses -- Bolivar, Mountain View, Salem and Springfield -- during the COVID-19 global pandemic, including making applications test-optional.

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Housing and refund information for Spring 2020 semester

After moving class instruction online for the remainder of the semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Southwest Baptist University is issuing further guidance for students concerning Residence Life questions.

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