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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University is a private institute of higher education affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention, which is part of the Southern Baptist Convention

Location

Address
1600 University Ave
City
Bolivar
State
MO

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
2962
Total Graduate enrollment
330
In State Tuition Fees
19200
Out State Tuition Fees
19200
ACT Score
23
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.52
Male Female Ratio
36:64
Acceptance Rate
61%
Student Faculty Ratio
16:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist Convention
Campus Housing
Yes
Mission Statement
Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.
Mascot
Bearcat
Colors
White Purple
Conference
Northern Sun

College History

History

Abner S. Ingman and James R. Maupin founded Southwest Baptist College in 1878 in Lebanon, Missouri. The Lebanon campus originally had an enrollment of 60 students and six faculty. The college lasted one year before the city decided they no longer wanted it. When news got out that the college would be moving, the communities of Aurora, Monett, and Bolivar in southwest Missouri attempted to attract the college. In 1879, the state of Missouri chartered the school and it moved to Bolivar, Missouri. The college went through many financial difficulties in the early part of the Twentieth Century. The college remained closed from 1910-1913 due to a fire that destroyed the entire campus, until Missouri Baptists and area supporters helped it open again as a two-year junior college. On June 1, 1910, at 11:00 am., the fire that would destroy the campus started. The fire broke out under suspect circumstances, leading some to believe arson was the cause. Bolivar citizen firefighters tried to put out the fire, but the water supply ran dry and at 2:00 pm the fire engulfed the whole campus. Losses were estimated at $20,000. The college was rebuilt, and reopened in 1913

College Specialty

Specialty

The College of Education and Social Science seeks to prepare students for careers in people-oriented and service-minded professions, while encouraging students to embody Christlike character.

Alumni

Alumni

Buddy Baker, film composer, best known for his long relationship and extensive work with the Walt Disney Company. Roy Blunt, Republican Senator for the State of Missouri (former President of university) Ben M. Bogard, founder of the American Baptist Association Rod Jetton, former Speaker and Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives Shane Schoeller, Republican member of the Missouri House of Representatives and Republican candidate in the Missouri secretary of state election, 2012 Bill Randles, Republican candidate in the Missouri gubernatorial election, 2012

Campus

Campus

152 Acres (61.5 Ha)

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