Southwest Baptist University: Narrative Description
SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY I-5
1600 University Ave.
Bolivar, MO 65613-2597
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.sbuniv.edu/
Independent Southern Baptist, comprehensive, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1878. Setting: 152-acre small town campus. Endowment: $14.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $4130 per student. Total enrollment: 3,445. Faculty: 281 (106 full-time, 175 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 13:1. 792 applied, 91% were admitted. 23% from top 10% of their high school class, 49% from top quarter, 71% from top half. Full-time: 1,829 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 917 students, 77% women, 23% men. Students come from 43 states and territories, 13 other countries, 27% from out-of-state, 0.4% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 2% black, 1% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 27% 25 or older, 64% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 70% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: education; psychology; health professions and related sciences. Core. Calendar: 4-1-4. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, honors program, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Mountain View Center, Salem Center, Springfield Center. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c).
Options: electronic application, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Required for some: 3 recommendations. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.
Costs Per Year:
Application fee: $25. Comprehensive fee: $17,200 includes full-time tuition ($12,450), mandatory fees ($800), and college room and board ($3950). College room only: $1950. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to course load and location. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.
Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper. Social organizations: 27 open to all. Most popular organizations: small group ministries, Christian Service Organization, Student Government Association, Student Missouri State Teachers Association, revival teams. Major annual events: homecoming, Mass Advisement Day, Commencement. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols. 1,126 college housing spaces available; 940 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Harriett K. Hutchens Library plus 3 others with 193,821 books, 481,593 microform titles, 10,939 serials, 11,202 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $1 million. 261 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.
The county seat of Polk County, Bolivar (population 8,000) is in the midst of a recreational area and is the center of a developing lake region. There is bus transportation to Springfield and Kansas City from Bolivar. A community concert association, allied with Columbia Artists Management of New York, brings quality musical attractions to Bolivar each season. The Southwest Regional Library which serves three counties is located here.