Schedule a College Visit

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Visit SBU

Visiting Southwest Baptist University is the best way to:

  • Discover SBU's academic programs
  • Hear about our close-knit campus community
  • Learn about admissions and financial aid 

Take the next step in your college search journey by scheduling a campus visit! Beginning June 1, you may choose to visit campus in-person or schedule a virtual visit.

In-person campus visits will include a campus tour, a one-on-one meeting with an admissions counselor, and a meeting with a faculty member in your area of study (optional, as available). Virtual visit experiences will provide you with an overview of the SBU experience, a one-on-one session with a faculty member (optional), and a Q&A session with an admissions counselor.

Learn more about health and safety protocols for in-person visits


Other Visit resources

Learn about travel reimbursement

View area accommodations information

Take a Virtual Tour of our campus

Tune in to watch as current SBU student, Cooper Locke, shows you around the SBU campus in Bolivar, MO. 

Dorm Tour Video

Interested in one of the other SBU campuses? Contact the Admissions Office for that campus to learn more.

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

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.


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

Stay Connected with SBU

Follow and interact with our official SBU social media channels to keep in touch with the SBU Bearcats family and get an inside look at life at SBU.


Facebook"Like" and follow the Southwest Baptist University Facebook account for important announcements, pictures from major events, Throwback Thursday photos, and more! 


InstagramFollow the Southwest Baptist University Instagram account for photos of the SBU campus, student life events, and more. Scroll our photo feed or watch our Instagram Stories for a "behind-the-scenes" look of life at SBU!


TwitterFollow the Southwest Baptist University Twitter account to stay up-to-date on SBU news, stories, and important announcements. Remember to use our official hashtag (#SBUniv) and we may re-tweet you!


YouTubeSubscribe to the Southwest Baptist University YouTube account to watch videos recapping major campus events such as Welcome Week and Homecoming, and to get an interactive look of life at SBU.

Health and Safety Protocols for In-Person Campus Visits

Southwest Baptist University will reopen its campuses for in-person visits beginning Monday, June 1. As we move into this next phase of reopening, we will be taking additional measures to promote the health and safety of our campus community and visitors. These measures are based on recommendations by health and government officials, as well as best practices implemented by other University campuses.

  • Until further notice, all enrollment personnel, faculty and staff interacting with prospective students and families will be asked to wear face masks during visits. 
  • Complimentary face masks will be offered to visiting students and families; however, they will not be required to wear them.
  • Waiting areas have been reconfigured to allow for proper physical distancing.
  • Visits will only take places in numbers and in rooms where proper physical distancing of each family group can be accommodated.
  • Tour group sizes will be restricted to individual guests or family units.
  • Physical distancing will be required by enrollment personnel while conducting tours.
  • Visits will continue to be restricted by state or county requirements of group sizes AND by the capacity in which proper physical distancing can be achieved.
  • We will continue to offer virtual visits as an option for those who would prefer not to travel to our campus at this time.