Missouri Baptist University (MBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in St. Louis, MO. The university was established in 1957 with the creation of a campus extension at Tower Grove Baptist Church in mid-town St. Louis with a total of 68 students. In the first term, Bible courses were offered to pastors but from the second term onwards, liberal arts courses were also offered. In 1964, Missouri Baptist College was chartered as a 4-year Christian liberal arts college. In 1973, the first group of students graduated from Missouri Baptist College with Bachelor of Arts degrees. The college was officially renamed Missouri Baptist University in August 2002.
Missouri Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of approximately 3,200 students. The main campus of the college is located in the heart of West County-Saint Louis with satellite campuses in Franklin County-Union, Jefferson County-Hillsboro and Arnold, Troy-Wentzville, Lewis & Clark, and St. Charles. The main campus in St. Louis features the Jung-Kellogg Library, Thomas and Virginia Field Academic Hall, the Bywaters Student Lounge, Pillsbury Chapel and Dale Williams Fine Arts Center, and the W.L. Muncy, Jr. Gymnasium.
Missouri Baptist University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and courses offered are approved by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Jefferson City, Missouri.
Missouri Baptist University is comprised of eight academic divisions which offer undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as various professional certificates. These divisions are: Business, Education, Fine Arts, Health & Sport Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social & Behavioral Sciences, and Graduate Programs.
The undergraduate degree programs offered by Missouri Baptist University include Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Bachelor of Science (BS), Associate of Science (AS), Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE), and Bachelor of Music (BM). The areas of specialization that students can opt for include Ministry and Leadership, Applied Management, Business Administration, Accounting, Management, Marketing, Child Development, Elementary Education, Broadcast Media, Music, Health Sciences, English, Biology, and History.
The graduate degree programs offered by Missouri Baptist University include Master of Arts (MA), Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS), Master of Science (MS), Master of Education Administration (MEA), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Educational Specialist (Ed.S), and Doctor of Education (Ed.D). Students interested in graduate programs can pursue Business Administration, Counseling, Educational Administration, Pastoral Ministries, and Apologetic Studies.
Various certificate programs offered at Missouri Baptist University include the Writing certificate in English, Certificate in Business Administration, Certificate in Ministry and Leadership, Certificate in Exercise Science, and Certificate in Sport Management.
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Missouri Baptist University invites admission applications from all educationally qualified students from accredited high schools and colleges. All candidates seeking admission in undergraduate degree courses need to submit the application form along with a letter of recommendation. Students are also required to submit their ACT/SAT scores (a minimum score of 20 for ACT and 950 for SAT) and official high school transcripts. The university recommends that students seeking undergraduate admissions must have completed a total of 22 academic units: English (4 units), Mathematics (3 units), Social Studies (3 units), Science (2 units), Visual and Performing Arts (1 unit), and Academic Electives (2 units). The university also requires proof of health insurance and immunization records for resident students.
International students need to submit the application for admission and provide evidence of their proficiency in English by submitting their TOEFL scores. They are required to submit their high school and college transcripts. International students are also recommended to submit their SAT/ACT scores, though it is not an admission requirement. International students need to submit one letter of recommendation and a certificate of finances to demonstrate availability of funds to finance their education expenses for one year.
Missouri Baptist University provides financial aid to students who demonstrate financial need to help them meet their educational expenses. Missouri Baptist University offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.
Scholarships, Grants, and Loans
Common grant options available to students include the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Post 911 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, and the Missouri ACCESS Grant. Students can also apply for loans such as Federal Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized loan, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS), and PLUS Loan for Graduate Students. Missouri Baptist University offers various scholarships to the students. Some of these include Marguerite Ross Barnett Memorial Scholarship, Missouri Higher Education Academic Scholarship, Missouri Minority Teaching Scholarship, Missouri Teacher Education Scholarship, and Robert C. Byrd Honors Scholarship.
Different student employment options include on-campus part-time employment and off-campus part-time employment – community service, state work-study, and other regular part-time jobs.
In order to be considered for financial aid, students must complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Students are required to adhere to the financial aid deadline of April 1. To be eligible for financial aid, students must be U.S citizens or eligible non-citizens.
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Missouri Baptist University believes that students play an active role in enhancing their classroom studies by participating in community service, cultural events, sports, and extracurricular activities. The university strives towards creating a Christian attitude in every area of life of the students. There are numerous clubs and student organizations on campus that organize social, cultural, and religious activities for the students. The Career Services Office provides career exploration guidance and job search assistance to the students. Counseling services are also available for all the students.
The university has a 24-hour self-service web portal, Spartan Space, dedicated to the students. This portal provides various useful services such as changing local addresses, viewing the email addresses and phone numbers of the faculty, paying bills online, printing class schedules and grade cards, and performing job searches.
On-Campus Housing and Dining Facilities
On-campus housing facilities are available for students at Pillsbury-Huff, North Hall, and Spartan Village Apartment Complex. Pillsbury-Huff is the men’s residence hall whereas North Hall is the female residence hall. Both the residence halls offer suite-style accommodation with facilities such as commons area, games tables, laundry services, and computer labs. Dining facilities are available at The Café in the Thomas S. Field Academic Hall.
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Missouri Baptist University is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the American Midwest Conference (AMC). The university athletic teams are known as the Spartans and the official colors are navy and white. The women’s athletic teams include volleyball, basketball, soccer, cross-country, wrestling, golf, track and field, softball, and tennis. The men’s teams include wrestling, soccer, golf, track and field, volleyball, basketball, baseball, tennis, and cross-country.
- Missouri Baptist University. About MBU. Web. 22 September 2011.
- Missouri Baptist University. Student Activities. Web. 22 September 2011.
- Missouri Baptist University. Undergraduate Catalog 2009 – 2010. 2009. Print.