Schedule a College Visit

view of globe sculpture fountain as students walk out of chapel

sign up for a campus tour

Visiting Southwest Baptist University is the best way to:

  • Learn about SBU's academic programs
  • Experience our close-knit campus community
  • See what a day is like in the life of a Bearcat

During a visit to SBU, you will:

  • Meet faculty and staff members
  • Learn about admissions and financial aid 
  • Interact with current SBU students

Take the next step in your college search journey by scheduling a campus visit! You can visit SBU's Bolivar campus by signing up for an admissions visit event or scheduling a personal visit and tour.

Sign up for an admissions visit event

Schedule an individual college tour

Interested in visiting one of the other SBU campuses in Springfield, Salem, or Mountain View? Contact the Admissions Office for that campus to learn more about scheduling a visit!

Other Visit resources

Learn about travel reimbursement

View area accommodations information

Find out about prospective student regional events

I was so uncertain before my campus visit. But I came and I was just so at peace and comfortable on campus and instantly loved it here. Listen to the Lord's guidance when making your college decision!

Bethany Rodgers, exercise science and pre-physical therapy student from Siloam Springs, Ark.
Bethany Rodgers, SBU Student

sign up for an admissions group visit event

SBU's Bolivar campus offers several visit events throughout the year, providing many opportunities to explore the SBU campus and what SBU can offer you. These events allow you the opportunity to tour campus, interact with faculty and students, meet your admissions counselor and enjoy a meal in the SBU cafeteria. This year's event dates are listed below. Find one that works for your schedule and sign up now!

Incoming students are asked to attend Summer Orientation on either June 8 or June 22. During Summer Orientation, you will receive your fall 2019 class schedule and housing assignment, plus meet your academic advisor and your Welcome Week Group!

Schedule

Time Event
8-9 a.m. Registration (Forum)
9-9:30 a.m. Opening Kickoff
9:30-10:30 a.m. Bearcat Breakout #1
10:30-11:30 a.m. Bearcat Breakout #2
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Bearcat Breakout #3
12:30-1:15 p.m. Lunch
1:15-2:15 p.m. Community Living
2:30 p.m. Bearcat 101

Summer is a great time to visit SBU! Whether you are in high school, just graduated from high school, or are looking to transfer from a different college, the SBU Summer Showcase is a fun and informative event. Attend the SBU Summer Showcase to learn more about SBU and how you can find your place in the Bearcat family!

Schedule

Time Event
8:30-9 a.m. Check-In
9-9:20 a.m. Welcome, Future Bearcats
9:30-10:20 a.m. Campus Tour
10:30-10:50 a.m. Bearcat Perspective
11-11:50 a.m. Academics — A Closer Look
12-12:30 p.m. Becoming a Bearcat
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch

Register now

If you are interested in transferring to SBU from a community college or other university, sign up for a Transfer Visit Day! While on campus you will have the opportunity to take a campus tour, learn more about the transfer process and discover how you can find your place at SBU. You also can choose to meet with a professor, sit in on a class, check out the dorms and more.

Register now

If you are interested in transferring to SBU from a community college or other university, sign up for a Transfer Visit Day! While on campus you will have the opportunity to take a campus tour, learn more about the transfer process and discover how you can find your place at SBU. You also can choose to meet with a professor, sit in on a class, check out the dorms and more.

Register now


schedule an individual campus visit

Come visit SBU for a personalized visit of our campus. When visiting SBU's campus in Bolivar, your individual visit will include an admissions presentation, tour of SBU's Bolivar campus, an individual visit with your admissions counselor and other optional activities (weekdays only).

Individual visits are available Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and some Saturdays by appointment only.

weekday Visit optional activities

  • Attend a class
  • Meet with a faculty member
  • Meet with a member of the athletics department

saturday visit option

  • Campus tour
  • Appointment with admissions counselor

schedule your campus visit now!

To schedule your individual visit to Southwest Baptist University's campus in Bolivar, Mo., please proceed to the registration formIf you are scheduling a visit less than 48 hours before your preferred visit date, please call the visit coordinator at (417) 328-1819 or (800) 526-5859.

NOTE: Due to SBU's Spring Break, some aspects of an individual campus visit (i.e. faculty meeting, dorm stay, cafeteria meal) will not be available from March 16-March 24.

Schedule individual visit

Interested in visiting one of the other SBU campuses in Springfield, Salem, or Mountain View? Contact the Admissions Office for that campus to learn more about scheduling a visit!


Travel REimbursement Offer

We want you to come see for yourself how you can find your purpose at SBU. Visiting campus is an essential part of the college search process and we want to help! Sign up above for a visit event or schedule your personal visit, and you could receive financial help with travel expenses.

To qualify for travel reimbursement, you must apply for admission and be accepted to SBU prior to your campus visit. The travel reimbursement offer applies only to students applying to undergraduate programs on the Bolivar campus.

If you live within the following distances from SBU, you may be eligible for the travel reimbursement offer:

  • 100-250 miles: up to $50 in travel expenses
  • 251-500 miles: up to $150 in travel expenses
  • 501+ miles: up to $300 in travel expenses

Because they may take advantage of other offers, recruited athletes are not eligible for the travel reimbursement program.


Accommodations

Three hotel chains have locations near the SBU-Bolivar campus:

  • Best Western Plus, Bolivar: (417) 326-0188 (reserve by phone and ask for SBU discount)
  • Comfort Inn, Bolivar: (417) 326-6169 (reserve by phone and ask for SBU discount)
  • Super 8, Bolivar: (417) 777-8888