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 4,000 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 830 (25th percentile) - 1110 (75th percentile) on the SAT and in the range of 20 (25th percentile) - 26 (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 3.06 to 3.38 for accepted students. Southwest Baptist University accepts approximately 90% of those that apply each year. Of those that are admitted, around 25% of students registered for enrollment. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall SBU Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Southwest Baptist University was reported as 90.2% in Fall 2013 with over 2,180 college 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: 20 - 26
  • SBU Average GPA: 3.06 - 3.38

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 2021 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2021-2022 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Southwest Baptist University has been staying about the same from year to year.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 92.3%
  • 2010-2011: 90.4%
  • 2011-2012: 88.2%
  • 2012-2013: 90.5%
  • 2013-2014: 90.2%
  • Projected SBU Acceptance Rate 2021-2022: 90.1%

How Does SBU Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Southwest Baptist University is sixty-three percent higher than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Cox College89.8%
Drury University81.0%
Evangel University64.3%
Cottey College70.6%
College of the Ozarks13.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Required
  • High School Class Rankings 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 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to SBU (Fall 2013)

ACT®Score Range
English19 - 26
Math18 - 27
Composite Score20 - 26
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