students in library on S-B-U Salem Campus

Southwest Baptist University's campus in Salem, Mo., provides quality higher education close to home for residents of Dent County and surrounding areas. Classes are taught in the afternoon and evening, making a degree at SBU-Salem attainable for people who are in the workforce but pursuing higher education to open new employment opportunities.

Academic Programs



  • Business
  • Criminal Justice
  • Leadership
  • Psychology
  • Social Welfare
  • Sociology

Other Degree Coursework

  • Pre-Nursing (pre-requisite courses)

Application Process

To apply for admission to the SBU-Salem campus, please complete the online application. You must also submit the following:

  • Official high school or homeschool transcript or copy of GED
  • Official academic transcripts from all previously attended colleges
  • ACT/SAT/CLT scores

Applicants considered for conditional admittance will be required to furnish additional documentation. Please see advisor for details.

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Cost and Financial Aid

Tuition and Fees, 2020-21

Tuition and lab fees are due before the first day of the semester unless other financial arrangements have been made in advance.

Tuition (per credit hour): LPN Bridge courses $495
Tuition (per credit hour): Other courses $190
Technology fee per semester:
  • 12 or more credit hours
  • 6-11 credit hours
  • 1-5 credit hours
Assessment fee:
  • Full-time students
  • Part-time students

Other fees may apply to specific courses (such as science labs, computer lab, etc.)

A finance charge of 9% per year is assessed on all balances due past 30 days.

Financial Aid

To receive a customized financial aid package and receive any financial aid for which you may qualify, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at SBU's recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is March 15 for the following academic year. Be sure to include the SBU school code (002502) to have your FAFSA sent to SBU.

Once you are admitted to SBU, you will receive an SBU email address and access to the MySBU Admitted Student Portal. You need to check your SBU email address often for important information, especially related to the online process for approving and finalizing your financial aid award.


SBU-Salem offers a number of private scholarships, including:

  • Dobbs Family Scholarships
  • Everett and Olive Land Memorial Scholarships
  • Jim and Duetta Edwards Scholarships
  • Richard Wilber Scholarships
  • Salem First Baptist Church Scholarships

Deadline for application of scholarships is March 31 of each year for the following academic year. A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA is required. Scholarship recipients will be determined by the SBU-Salem Campus Scholarship Committee.

SBU also encourages you to apply for outside scholarships to enhance your financial aid package. These funds are awarded directly to you from sources outside of SBU (i.e. community foundations, workplace, private agencies, etc.)

Federal and State Aid

Eligibility for federal and state financial aid is determined by your FAFSA results. Examples include:

  • Federal PELL Grant
  • Federal SEOG Grant
  • Access Missouri State Program
  • Student Loans

Other Financial Aid

Examples of third-party government financial aid programs:

  • Veterans' Benefits
  • Vocational Rehab
  • Work Connections

Submit your FAFSA


You may purchase textbooks for your courses beginning two weeks before the start of the term. Textbooks must be paid for when placing order and can be purchased online through the SBU Bookstore.


  • Class Schedules - You must meet with an advisor prior to enrolling. Call (573) 729-7071 to schedule an appointment. Enrollment continues through the first day of the semester. You are enrolled in class at the time of registration. You will be notified if there is a course cancellation. The University reserves the right to cancel any course if enrollment is insufficient. All tuition and fees will be refunded in the event of a canceled course.
  • SBUAlert - Sign up for SBUAlert to receive weather-related notices and other important campus announcements, including notifications of school closings. Be sure to sign up for the Salem alerts.
  • Current Crime & Fire Report