Explore below to learn more about Southwest Baptist University including quick facts
about our campus, academics, financial aid, enrollment, community involvement and
athletics, and information about key standards, such as Title IX compliance and the
- Southwest Baptist University is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian
university offering more than 80 areas of academic study.
- SBU was founded in 1878 and has always been a distinctively Christian educational
- SBU's main campus is located on a campus of 152 acres in Bolivar, Mo., which is a
town of approximately 10,300 just 25 miles north of Springfield, Mo., which is the
third-largest city in the state.
- SBU also offers additional branch campuses in Mountain View, Salem and Springfield (Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences of SBU).
Academics and faculty
- SBU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
- SBU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
- SBU offers 13 undergraduate and 6 graduate degrees in more than 80 areas of study.
- SBU has six academic colleges:
- College of Education and Social Sciences
- College of Science and Mathematics
- Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry
- Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters
- Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences
- Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science
- More than 67% of full-time faculty holds the terminal degree in their fields.
- The average undergraduate class size is 21 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.
- SBU has been recognized as one of America's Best Christian Colleges® since 1997.
- Undergraduate top majors (based on degree-seeking undergraduate students on Bolivar campus):
- Biology — 109
- Exercise Science — 95
- Elementary Education — 86
- Psychology — 62
- Computer Science — 58
- Christian Ministry — 52
- Management — 45
- Pre-Nursing— 42
- Criminal Justice — 33
- Athletic Training — 33
- Average ACT score of all full-time, first-time students: 22.49 (Fall 2018)
- Average high school GPA of all full-time, first-time students: 3.45 (Fall 2018)
Admissions and Financial Aid
- More than 98% of students receive financial aid at SBU.
- More than $23.5 million in financial aid is available to qualified students.
- SBU has been recognized as one of America's 100 Best College Buys® since 1996.
Enrollment Figures (as of Fall 2018)
- Total enrollment (undergraduate and graduate) on all campuses: 3,356
- Total undergraduate enrollment: 2,663
- Bolivar: 1,379
- Mountain View: 72
- Salem: 150
- Springfield: 559
- Dual credit: 503
- Total graduate enrollment: 693
- Doctoral students: 307
- Specialist students: 52
- Master's students: 334
- Gender breakdown:
- University-wide undergraduate degree-seeking students: Female 63%, Male 37%
- University-wide full-time degree-seeking students: Female 61%, Male 39%
- Bolivar campus undergraduate students: Female 56%, Male 44% (Fall 2018)
- SBU's Bolivar campus is comprised of students representing 249 Missouri communities,
85 of Missouri's 114 counties, 32 states, 16 countries, and 5 continents (Fall 2018).
- Ethnicity/race breakdown (all undergraduates on all campuses):
- Non-resident aliens: <1%
- Black or African-American, non-Hispanic: 4%
- American Indian/Alaska native: 1%
- Asian or Pacific Islander: 1%
- Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: >1%
- Hispanic: 2%
- Two or more races: 1%
- White, non-Hispanic: 71%
- Unknown: 20%
- Retention rates for first-time students pursuing bachelor's degrees (fall 2017 to
- Full-time students: 71%
- Part-time students: 38%
- Graduate rate 2012 (six-year rate), university-wide: 51%
In the Community and Around the World
- SBU's Center for Global Connections evangelizes the nations, specifically targeting the unreached people groups of the
10/40 window, exposes students to short-term volunteer programs in a cross-cultural
context, develops grace-oriented leadership, and provides students with a healthy,
safe, and loving community experience.
- Mission trip opportunity examples include: Baja; Guatemala; Honduras, Houston, Texas;
New Orleans, La.; Philippines; South Asia; South Sudan; and many more
- SBU students benefit from spiritual growth opportunities such as chapel services,
community service, mission trips, and small group Bible studies through the Community Life + Worship program.
Athletics and Wellness
- SBU Athletics are NCAA Division II, MIAA conference (with exception of football which plays in
- 19 sports are offered:
- Men — Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and
Field (indoor and outdoor)
- Women — Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field
(indoor and outdoor), Volleyball
- Co-Ed — Esports (CESPA)
- Additionally, SBU Bearcats will have a Cheer and STUNT team beginning in fall 2018
- The Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness Center offers facilities including aerobics rooms, fitness rooms, intramural courts, natatorium,
racquetball courts, rock climbing wall, and running track.
Southwest Baptist University is committed to helping students and employees engage
life with positive affirmation through a Christ-centered perspective creating a healthy,
well-informed community that continues to function in a safe environment.
The University expects behavior from all members of the University family that demonstrates
the highest standard of respect for people and property and that exemplifies the Christian
commitment to loving one another. Certain behaviors, such as sexual harassment and
sexual violence, are not acceptable according to this moral and ethical standard and
are deemed as discrimination on the basis of sex; thus, prohibited by federal law
SBU prohibits all forms of sexual harassment and sexual violence including domestic
violence, dating violence, sexual assault, rape, acquaintance rape, and stalking.
SBU takes all allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence seriously, initiating
investigations and informing complainants of their rights, options and available resources
under Title IX. We remain serious about our commitment to ensure the safety and well-being
of all of our students and employees, particularly victims of sexual harassment and
Submit a Title IX Report
title ix committee
SBU has a dedicated Title IX committee comprised of one coordinator and five deputy
coordinators to assure Title IX compliance and care for individuals who may have been
victims of discrimination under Title IX.
The Title IX Coordinator is responsible for: 1) overseeing education and training
about discrimination and harassment to the university community; 2) overseeing the
schools response to Title IX reports and complaints; 3) identifying and addressing
any patterns or systemic problems revealed by such reports and complaints.
Deputy Coordinators are primarily responsible for investigating sexual harassment
or sexual violence complaints. The Deputy Coordinators may designate other appropriately
trained individuals to receive and investigate reports and complaints as is appropriate.
You may contact any Title IX committee member if you have questions or concerns related
to Title IX.
Interim Title IX Coordinator:
Dr. Robert Harris, Vice President for Student Development, Goodson Student Union,
(417) 328-1827, rharris@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Staff:
Ashley Dinwiddie, Executive Coordinator, Sells Administrative Center, (417) 328-1500,
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Faculty:
Dr. Allison Langford, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, Sells Administrative
Center, (417) 328-1601, alangford@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics:
Gina Whitehead, Associate Director of Athletics, Meyer Wellness and Sports Center,
(417) 328-1793, gwhitehead@SBUniv.edu
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Safety and Security:
Mark Grabowski, Director of Safety and Security, Hammons Center, (417) 328-1556, mgrawbowski@SBUniv.edu
notice of non-discrimination policy
Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees,
sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment, and all unions or
professional organizations holding collective bargaining or professional agreements
with Southwest Baptist University are hereby notified that this institution does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability or
marital status in employment, admission, access to, or treatment in, its programs
and activities, except to the extent permitted by religious exemptions recognized
Any person having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University’s compliance with
the regulations implementing Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, section 504, and the Age
Discrimination Act of 1975 is directed to the Director of Human Resources and Title
IX Coordinator, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1512.
Any student having inquiries concerning Southwest Baptist University's compliance
with regulations implementing the American with Disabilities Act or Section 504 of
the Rehabilitation Act is directed to the Director of Career Services and External
Studies, 1600 University Avenue, Bolivar, MO, 65613, (417) 328-1689.
Any person may also contact the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education,
regarding the institution’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI,
Title IX, Section 504, or the Age Discrimination Act of 1975. More information can
be found on The Office of Civil Rights website.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities
across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.
SBU complies with the Clery Act by providing:
- Annual crime and fire report, including all campus crime statistics
- SBU Alert emergency notification system for notification of significant emergency or dangerous
situations on campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students
- Timely warnings of Clery Act crimes that pose a serious or ongoing threat to students
- Public crime log available for viewing in the Safety and Security Office in the Hammons
Center for Facilities Excellence