Southwest Baptist University: Narrative Description

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1600 University Ave.
Bolivar, MO 65613-2597
Tel: (417)328-5281
Free: 800-526-5859
Admissions: (417)328-1817
Fax: (417)328-1514
E-mail: [email protected]
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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).

Entrance Requirements:

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.

Collegiate Environment:

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.

Community Environment:

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.

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