Southwest Baptist University (SBU)

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SBU can be found in Bolivar, MO, a nonprofit private college which focuses on only a select few programs offered. There are around 3,600 students enrolled per year at Southwest Baptist University.

An ACT or SAT exam may be required before applying to this college. Scores within the range of 890 (25th percentile) - 1165 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 19 (25th percentile) - 25 (75th percentile) on the ACT is common among applicants accepted to SBU. By applying sampled GPA data from over 150 schools, we are able to estimate that the SBU average GPA ranges from 2.98 to 3.33 for accepted students. Southwest Baptist University accepts approximately 70% of those that apply each year. Of those that are admitted, around 31% of students registered for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SBU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Southwest Baptist University was reported as 70.9% in Fall 2020 with over 2,090 applications submitted to Southwest Baptist University. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SBU ACT Scores: 19 - 25
  • SBU Average GPA: 2.98 - 3.33

How Hard Is It to Get into Southwest Baptist University?

Applicant Selectivity: Medium

The applicant selectivity of Southwest Baptist University is about average, as determined by collecting standardized test scores e.g. ACT/SAT and high school average GPA ranges of students who were granted admissions from previous years.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Southwest Baptist University has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 89.7%
  • 2017-2018: 73.2%
  • 2018-2019: 70.4%
  • 2019-2020: 70.9%
  • Projected SBU Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 68.4%

How Does SBU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Southwest Baptist University is twenty-five percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Drury University64.4%
Evangel University96.7%
Cottey College46.0%
College of the Ozarks10.3%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • School Records are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Recommended
  • Standardized Test Scores (SAT,ACT,...) are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SBU (Fall 2020)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading440 - 600
Math450 - 565
Total Score890 - 1165
ACT®Score Range
English18 - 25
Math17 - 25
Composite Score19 - 25
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