Transferring Colleges & College Credits
Looking to transfer colleges for a better college experience? Wondering how to transfer colleges? Wondering if your college credits/scholarships/loans will transfer?
Transferring colleges can be overwhelming, so we make the process as easy and stress-free as possible.
The checklist below will help you navigate the transfer admission process. If you need any help along the way, don’t hesitate to contact the admissions counselor for transfer recruitment, at (417) 328-1816 or toll-free at (800) 526-5859.
SBU provided a smaller campus opportunity for me to get to know more people and form relationships. I felt at home at SBU because it's a great family atmosphere, and SBU made it easy to transfer there.
With more than 80 areas of academic study, SBU can help you pursue your personal and academic goals to set you up for a lifetime of success. Explore our programs and find the one that's best for you. You can search our academic programs list based on your interests or career goals.
SBU accepts college credits from community colleges and regionally accredited universities, and evaluates credit on a course-by-course basis. Your credits are then evaluated to cover Core, Major, or Elective credits, depending on your desired major at SBU.
Use our Course Transfer Equivalency Guide to get an idea of how your previous coursework may transfer into SBU.
It's easy to apply to SBU! As an incoming transfer student, use the checklist below to learn what steps you need to take for admission and enrollment at SBU. And remember — your admissions counselor is here to help you through the whole journey!
Get the ball rolling by filling out our online application for undergraduate admission. And the best part — it's FREE! Create a MyBearcat account to get started.
Official transcripts must be received from each institution from which you have earned college credit.
If you haven't already, make sure you schedule a visit to SBU! Visiting campus is the best way to discover how SBU can help you reach your goals and to see how you will find your place in our community.
During a campus visit at SBU, you can:
Submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) to qualify for state and federal grants, student loans and work study financial aid opportunities. SBU will use your FAFSA results to put together your own personalized financial aid package and your admissions counselor will work with you through each step of this process.
The recommended deadline for submitting the FAFSA is February 1.
Ready to officially join the SBU family? Send in your enrollment deposit to secure your spot in classes and housing!
Welcome Week is SBU's official New Student Orientation program, which takes place the week before classes begin each semester. Transfer students are encouraged to attend Welcome Week to help get acclimated to life at SBU prior to the start of classes.
You should request your official transcripts be mailed to:
Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Avenue
Bolivar MO 65613
SBU also can receive official electronic transcripts.
Transfer students are able to receive merit-based scholarships, performance scholarships, and need-based aid. SBU requires official copies of your college transcripts in order to award any merit-based aid for which you may qualify. To apply for need-based aid, you must submit the FAFSA and send the results to SBU (school code: 002502).
SBU also offers a scholarship to students who are active members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).
All full-time SBU students must earn a minimum of 25 CLW points per semester. You may earn these points through a variety of opportunities, including chapel services, small-group Bible studies, mission trips and community service opportunities.
You may transfer up to 75 hours of credit from two-year colleges and up to 94 hours from other accredited institutions toward a degree. Transfer applicants who have completed an A.A. degree from a regionally accredited college will be permitted to transfer to SBU with all general education requirements met for the B.A., B.S., B.S.N., and B.A.S. degrees. Transfer students with an A.S. degree will have their degrees evaluated to see if all general education requirements are met.