Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, MO 65613

Southwest Baptist University is one of the 53 private 4-year, not-for-profit colleges in Missouri. Its campus is small in size and located in the town of Bolivar. The institution offers both undergrad and graduate degree programs.

In the 2017 fall enrollment, 474 freshman students enrolled, and approximately 303 students returned for their sophomore year (which makes its freshman retention rate 64%).

Every year 45% of students graduate in 150% of the time it takes to complete their respective studies.

Southwest Baptist University's in-state tuition for 2017-2018 academic year was $22,400, and fees were $958. Out-of-state tuition and fees for the same period were $22,400 and $958 respectively.


Campus LocaleDistant Town
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Southern Baptist
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate64%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Associate's degree 22 119
Bachelor's degree 21 56
Master's degree 0 3

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1957 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
02/01/1999 - Current
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
10/01/2014 - Current
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
10/01/1991 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT900 to 1180
ACT20 to 26
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $25

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$865/credit
In State Students$865/credit
Out of State Students$865/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$385/credit
In State Students$385/credit
Out of State Students$385/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $38,925 $38,925 $38,925
ADN 70 $60,550 $60,550 $60,550
BSN 125 $108,125 $108,125 $108,125
FNP 50 $19,250 $19,250 $19,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 97% of Southwest Baptist University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 52% $4,017
Other Federal Grant 23% $731
State Grant & Scholarships 37% $2,555
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 70% $14,694
Federal Student Loans 64% $6,230
Private Loans 5% $8,268


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$18,374
$30,001 to $48,000$15,494
$48,001 to $75,000$17,334
$75,001 to $110,000$17,977
Over $110,000$22,116

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Race/ethnicity unknown
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Missouri state board of nursing.

Southwest Baptist University
1600 University Ave
Bolivar, MO 65613

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