Missouri Baptist University is a four-year private, not-for-profit institution of higher education, located in the city of Saint Louis, Missouri.
The institution was established in 1957 as Saint Louis Baptist College due to a growing need for an evangelical Christian institution in the Saint Louis area. The Hannibal-LaGrange College at Tower Grove Baptist Church opened a campus extension, St. Louis Baptist College, with 68 students enrolled that year. In 1964, the college was chartered as an evangelical Christian College and was renamed Missouri Baptist College. In August 2002, the Missouri Baptist College was officially renamed Missouri Baptist University.
Missouri Baptist University has a main campus on more than 80 acres in Creve Coeur, Missouri. In 2011, the school opened the Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex, which is a state-of-the-art facility. In 2013, the school’s Spartan Village reconstruction was completed and included an expanded bookstore, new dining hall, and a new resident living facility. Main campus locations include the Pillsbury Chapel, Mabee Great Hall, Recital Hall, Gallery, Rotunda and Patio, Warm-Up Rooms, and Green Rooms. The university also operates several satellite campuses for adult and evening education in Troy/Wentzville, Arnold, Franklin and St. Charles Counties and at Jefferson College, Mineral Area Community College and Lewis and Clark Community College.
Demographics at Missouri Baptist University are as follows:
- About 3,950 students enrolled
- Student to faculty ratio of 19:1
- About 37 percent of undergraduates and 23 percent of graduate students study full-time
- Approximately 59 percent of students are female
- More than 60 percent of students are White
- About 16 percent of students are over the age of 25 years old
- Approximately 28 percent of students come from out-of-state
Missouri Baptist University aims to provide its students with “a learning environment that provides an ethical and moral basis from reasoning that goes beyond the mere accumulation of facts.” The institution offers certificates, associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctorate degrees in Business, Education, Fine Arts, Health and Sport Sciences, Humanities, Interdisciplinary Studies, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students can choose between 16-week daytime classes or eight-week evening classes. Special learning opportunities include ROTC (Army), teacher certification, study abroad, and distance education. About 17 percent of undergraduates and 43 percent of graduates are enrolled in distance education. The first online degree program was offered in 2008 and today students can enroll in hundreds of online classes and earn nine degree programs completely online.
Campus life includes spiritual life, clubs and organizations, performance groups, student government, athletics, and intramurals. Spiritual life consists of a variety of on-and off-campus ministries, student organizations, mission trips, service learning, and chapel and convocation programs. Student clubs and organizations range from special interest organizations, to recreational organizations, to honor societies, and to academic groups. Athletic teams at Missouri Baptist University include men and women’s track, men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s bowling, men and women’s golf, men and women’s lacrosse, men and women’s soccer, men and women’s tennis, women’s softball, men and women’s volleyball, and men’s wrestling. The “Spartans” are a member of the National Association for Intercollegiate Athletics and compete in the American Midwest Conference and the Great Rivers Lacrosse Conference. Intramurals available include volleyball, basketball, ping-pong, pool, and foosball. Student services include remedial services, academic and career counseling, employment services, and placement services.
About 900 applicants apply for admission each year to Missouri Baptist University and approximately 58 percent of those applicants will be accepted for admission. To apply for admission to Missouri Baptist University, students must complete an application for admission and pay the $30 application fee (waived when you apply online). Students must also submit a completed letter of recommendation form, ACT scores, and official high school and college transcripts from all previous schools attended. Missouri Baptist University requires that first-time freshmen have a composite score of 20 or higher on the ACT or a 950 combined on the math and critical reading sections of the SAT. Graduate students must complete the same information, in addition to supplying a letter of recommendation from an employer or professional in your field, a professional statement, and in some cases, a National Fingerprint Background Check.
More than 95 percent of students at Missouri Baptist University receive some form of financial aid. To begin the financial aid process, students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFASA) after January 1 and before April 1. Missouri Baptist University’s FAFSA code is 007540. Types of aid available include the Ministerial Scholarship, Christian Service Award, Denominational Grant, Christian High School Graduate Scholarship, Church Matching, Performance Scholarships, EXCEL Grant, Alumni Grant, Family Award, Federal Pell Grant, Federal SEO Grant, Post 911 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, TEACH Grant, Loans, and student employment.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,690
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