Founded in 1878, Southwest Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university with:
Liberal arts schools provide both breadth and depth. Breadth is offered across the curriculum with coursework in the arts, sciences, and humanities, with the goal of preparing students for life. Depth is provided through the major, which focuses on preparation for work in a specific field. In a Christian liberal arts education, the Christian lens is the primary lens for learning. Breadth and depth in a Christian liberal arts setting also means a focus on critical thinking so that non-Christian perspectives are examined (but not endorsed) and students are prepared to serve in secular careers and in service to Christ.
One measure of affirmation of the high-quality academic programs at Southwest Baptist University is being accredited (probation) by the Higher Learning Commission since 1957.
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.