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
  • Spend a day as 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? 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!

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!

REGISTER NOW

Schedule

Time Event
8:30-9 a.m. Check-in/Registration (Casebolt Music Center)
9-9:20 a.m. Welcome, Future Bearcats! (Meyer Recital Hall)
9:25-10 a.m. Bearcat 101: Current Student Panel (Meyer Recital Hall)
10-10:45 a.m. Academic Fair (Meyer Wellness Center)
10:45-11:30 a.m. The Bearcat Mile: Campus Tour (depart from Meyer Wellness Center)
11:30-11:50 a.m. Financial Aid: A Valued Investment (Meyer Recital Hall)
12-12:30 p.m. Mock Class/Parent Session (see nametag upon arrival for location)
12:40-1 p.m. Becoming a Bearcat (Meyer Recital Hall)
1-2 p.m. Lunch (Mellers Dining Commons)

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 Presidential Distinguished Scholar Award or the Provost's Scholar 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

Attend SBU Premier to learn more about your specific interest areas. Each of SBU’s academic colleges will host information sessions and classroom experiences to help you envision yourself as an SBU student. You will have the chance to learn about your major, interact with current students, meet with professors, and get a taste of the SBU experience!

Register Now

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!

REGISTER NOW

Schedule

Time Event
8:30-9 a.m. Check-in/Registration (Casebolt Music Center)
9-9:20 a.m. Welcome, Future Bearcats! (Meyer Recital Hall)
9:25-10 a.m. Bearcat 101: Current Student Panel (Meyer Recital Hall)
10-10:45 a.m. Academic Fair (Meyer Wellness Center)
10:45-11:30 a.m. The Bearcat Mile: Campus Tour (depart from Meyer Wellness Center)
11:30-11:50 a.m. Financial Aid: A Valued Investment (Meyer Recital Hall)
12-12:30 p.m. Mock Class/Parent Session (see nametag upon arrival for location)
12:40-1 p.m. Becoming a Bearcat (Meyer Recital Hall)
1-2 p.m. Lunch (Mellers Dining Commons)

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:

  • 30-minute admissions presentation
  • One-hour walking tour of SBU's Bolivar campus
  • Individual visit with your admissions counselor
  • Other optional activities listed below (weekdays only)*

weekday Visit optional activities

  • Attend a class
  • Meet with a faculty member
  • Meet with a member of the athletics department
  • Eat lunch in the cafeteria
  • Attend chapel (Monday or Wednesday)

Individual visits are available Monday through Friday, beginning at 9:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and some Saturdays by appointment only. (Saturday visits only include a one-hour walking tour of campus and an admissions presentation.)

*Plan for your visit to last approximately three hours, depending on which optional activities are requested.

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.

Schedule individual visit

Interested in visiting one of the other SBU campuses? 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