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Campus Life

Get to know Bolivar, Missouri, as you join a vibrant academic and Christian faith–driven campus. Make lifelong friends in our Residence Halls, get involved in clubs and University activities, and experience the tight-knit community of Bolivar.
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Experience Campus Life at Southwest Baptist University

Join one of the 35 student-led clubs and organizations focused on community service, student leadership, faith, and many more areas of interest. Stay active on campus with the Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center or join intramural or varsity sports teams. Develop spiritually at weekly Chapel services and participate in student-led worship and Bible study groups. Adventure into the surrounding area to see the beauty of the Missouri Ozarks and get to know the local restaurants and other businesses. As a member of the Bearcat family, you’ll get to experience a little bit of everything the Bolivar community has to offer. 

Get Involved at SBU

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Twice weekly chapel services

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60 miles of nearby bike and running trails

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Free admission to SBU athletic events

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On-campus wellness center, gym and pool

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On-campus employment opportunities

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Participate in student activities, campus events, and more.

Tyler Burnett
"I cannot stress enough how much the SBU community helps. The friends that I've made and the people that I've met here have completely transformed me. That was a huge part of my choice in coming to SBU because it felt like home."
Tyler Burnett
Graduated May 2022
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Housing & Dining

SBU’s Residence Halls are the perfect place to make friends and connect with others. Make a lifetime of memories through your participation in different activities and traditions. Grab dinner with your new friends at any of the wonderful campus dining spots. You’re in for a treat as SBU is ranked “No. 5 for "Best College Food in the Nation" by Niche.

Housing & Dining

Faith & Life

Participate in biweekly chapel services hosted on Mondays and Wednesdays each week. Check out the Center of Global Connections (CGC) to see how you can be a part of mission projects locally and abroad. 

Faith & Life

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Athletics & Recreation

The Jane and Ken Meyer Wellness and Sports Center is your hub for all things sport and exercise. Jump into sports with the choice of competitive or noncompetitive intramural teams. Take your game to the next level as a member of one of SBU’s NCAA Division II 17 varsity sports. 

Athletics & Recreation

Clubs & Activities

SBU is home to a number of student interests with options including community service, academic and professional pursuits, performing arts, and many more areas. Check out more than 35 student led clubs to plug into the campus community. 

Clubs & Activities

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Health & Safety

Stay healthy with resources made available from the Killian Health Center, including some immunizations at free SBU clinics. Receive free counseling services in a supportive and confidential Christian environment. Rest assured you’re safe with 24/7 campus security officers.

Health & Safety

Make the Most of Your Time at SBU

Come be a part of SBU’s deeply caring community designed to support you academically, socially, and spiritually. Make the most of resources like the University Success Center to help your transition into the first year at SBU. Connect to jobs or internships with guidance from SBU’s Career Services. Finally, be sure to look through Student Support Resources to see all SBU has to offer. 

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Discover Life in Bolivar

Get to know the peaceful and secure community at the edge of the Missouri Ozarks through its commerce, parks, and community happenings.
Explore Life in Bolivar

Preview Campus Life at SBU!

Get active with SBU’s campus community and discover a tight-knit, supportive community for you to grow and explore your interests. Picture yourself at the Bolivar campus and take a sneak peek at what you’ll experience when you become a Bearcat.

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Stay Connected with SBU

Follow and interact with our official SBU social media channels to keep in touch with the SBU Bearcats family and get an inside look at life at SBU.


Facebook"Like" and follow the Southwest Baptist University Facebook account for important announcements, pictures from major events, and more! 


InstagramFollow the Southwest Baptist University Instagram account for photos of the SBU campus, student life events, and more. Scroll our photo feed or watch our Instagram Stories for a "behind-the-scenes" look of life at SBU!


YouTubeSubscribe to the Southwest Baptist University YouTube account to watch videos recapping major campus events such as Welcome Week and Homecoming, and to get an interactive look of life at SBU.