Southwest Baptist University is committed to the success of its students, in and out of the classroom. Faculty and staff are dedicated to providing resources and assistance to help students reach their full potential.
Various academic resources are available to SBU students including tutoring, study sessions and one-on-one academic advisement. Class sizes are intentionally small, with an average class size of just 24 students, which allows for personalized instruction. Faculty maintain regular office hours and are easily accessible to students. Peer mentoring is available through the Run 2 Win program and the University Libraries offers research assistance, study rooms, computer labs and other resources.
While I see others struggle with ethics in the workplace, the path has been much clearer for me because it was part of my education at SBU. That foundation has served me well as my career has advanced. Now, as I lead others, I can help them know how they also can make good ethical choices in the workplace.
Classes often include group projects, student presentations, community projects, guest speakers and other opportunities that provide students with real-world experiences. SBU offers many academic-based clubs and organizations that allow students to connect based on common academic interests and then use what they are learning in the classroom to make a difference in the community. The Gordon & Judy Dutile Honors Program offers additional opportunities for selected high-achieving students, while other students benefit from other unique academic experiences such as the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) or attending professional seminars and conferences.
Many students also complete at least one internship during their time as a student at SBU. The relationships students develop with faculty often build connections that lead to these internship opportunities. SBU students have completed a variety of internships, including opportunities at large IT companies, area businesses, professional sports organizations, churches, and so many more. Companies and organizations enjoy having SBU students as interns because of their academic preparedness and the work ethic instilled in them. For example, The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., has just one accounting internship available each year and has given that position to an SBU student four of the past five years.
We have had terrific interns from SBU. The SBU interns were knowledgeable, diligent, self-motivated, and made valuable contributions to our team.
Internship opportunities, community involvement and faculty connections all help lead to career placement upon graduation. Various career fairs and networking opportunities are held across campus each year and the Career Services office helps provide valuable job search resources. Faculty encourage students to work hard and pursue great career opportunities, while using their own connections to help build a student’s network. For example, graduates from the department of computer and information science have achieved 100% job placement within one month of graduation for 12 of the past 14 years!
Many more success stories are found across the more than 80 areas of academic study offered at SBU. We invite you to explore our academic programs and learn more about how SBU equips students for a lifetime of success as servant leaders in a global society.