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

  • More than 100 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
  • Five 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. Additional campuses are in Mountain View, Salem, and Springfield, Mo., and Online.

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.


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 (probation) 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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