Schedule a College Visit

sign up for a campus tour

Visiting the Southwest Baptist University campus 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

Schedule your visit and campus tour today to find where you belong at SBU!

Sign up for an admissions visit event

Schedule an individual college tour

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 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!

Scholars Day is an invitation-only event during which select students are invited to campus to compete for additional scholarships. Through this academic competition, you will be selected for either a J.R. Maupin Founders Award — a full-tuition scholarship — or a Dutile Scholars Award ranging in value from $500 to $2,500. In addition to the academic competition, students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and current students, tour campus facilities, and receive more information regarding SBU.

If you have not yet received an invitation to Scholars Day, please verify your academic scholarship level by completing the SBU Estimator prior to submitting the Scholars Day application. Students who qualify for the Ingman Distinguished Scholars Award or the Pike Scholars Award are invited to participate in Scholars Day.

Please contact your admissions counselor at (417) 328-1810 if you have questions about Scholars Day.

Scholars Day application

Visit us during Monday @ Southwest and get a glimpse of what life at SBU is like. Tour the campus, meet faculty, eat in the cafeteria, and learn what it means to be a Bearcat!

Schedule and registration details coming soon!

Scholars Day is an invitation-only event during which select students are invited to campus to compete for additional scholarships. Through this academic competition, you will be selected for either a J.R. Maupin Founders Award — a full-tuition scholarship — or a Dutile Scholars Award ranging in value from $500 to $2,500. In addition to the academic competition, students will have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and current students, tour campus facilities, and receive more information regarding SBU.

If you have not yet received an invitation to Scholars Day, please verify your academic scholarship level by completing the SBU Estimator prior to submitting the Scholars Day application. Students who qualify for the Ingman Distinguished Scholars Award or the Pike Scholars Award are invited to participate in Scholars Day.

Please contact your admissions counselor at (417) 328-1810 if you have questions about Scholars Day.

Scholars Day application

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.

Schedule and registration details coming soon!

Visit us during Monday @ Southwest and get a glimpse of what life at SBU is like. Tour the campus, meet faculty, eat in the cafeteria, and learn what it means to be a Bearcat!

Schedule and registration details coming soon!

Bearcat Days is an exciting, exclusive event for high school students who have been admitted to SBU! Spend the weekend on the SBU campus with other future Bearcats! Stay the night in a dorm, attend a classroom experience, participate in campus activities, and so much more!

Schedule and registration details coming soon!

Visit us during Monday @ Southwest and get a glimpse of what life at SBU is like. Tour the campus, meet faculty, eat in the cafeteria, and learn what it means to be a Bearcat!

Schedule and registration details coming soon!

Bearcat Days is an exciting, exclusive event for high school students who have been admitted to SBU! Spend the weekend on the SBU campus with other future Bearcats! Stay the night in a dorm, attend a classroom experience, participate in campus activities, and so much more!

Schedule and registration details coming soon!


schedule an individual campus visit

Come visit SBU for a personalized visit of our campus. Your visit will include an admissions presentation, tour of the SBU 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, 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.

Schedule individual 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