Students Say

Located deep in the heart of Texas, Baylor is an educational powerhouse that helps undergraduates “achieve their academic potential” while simultaneously “guiding [and fostering] their moral and Christian values.” The university seamlessly “integrates faith and learning” while providing an “uncommonly warm and open environment for any student.” Yes, despite the fact that Baylor “is a big school,” it still manages to maintain a “small community feel.” And this sentiment clearly extends to the classroom. Undergrads gleefully explain that their professors “are always willing to help.” What’s more, “they actually care about you as an individual and they want you to succeed.”

Overview

Applicants
33,898
Acceptance Rate
55%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
560 - 660
SAT Math
570 - 670
ACT Composite
24 - 30

Deadlines


Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Located deep in the heart of Texas, Baylor is an educational powerhouse that helps undergraduates “achieve their academic potential” while simultaneously “guiding [and fostering] their moral and Christian values.” The university seamlessly “integrates faith and learning” while providing an “uncommonly warm and open environment for any student.” Yes, despite the fact that Baylor “is a big school,” it still manages to maintain a “small community feel.” And this sentiment clearly extends to the classroom. Undergrads gleefully explain that their professors “are always willing to help.” What’s more, “they actually care about you as an individual and they want you to succeed.” One astounded freshman shares, “I heard during orientation that professors are known to invite their students to their home for dinner. I assumed this was mainly in upper-level classes. As a first semester freshman I’ve already had three offers.” Of course, this friendliness doesn’t mean that instructors go easy on their students. We’ve been assured that Baylor academics are “challenging.” Thankfully, these professors also know how to make courses “fun and interesting.” And they deliver “lectures [that] are understandable, realistic and applicable to both exams and real life.” All in all, as another impressed freshman concludes, “Baylor is a school that pushes its students to grow, both intellectually and in their faith, in order to help them pursue the ultimate purpose for their life.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
15:1
Total Faculty
1,185
with Terminal Degree
781

680
Men
505
Women
149
Minority
33
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
76%
Graduate in 5 years
98%
Graduate in 6 years
100%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,411

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$20,015

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,782

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,360
Required Fees
$3,838
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,276

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,040
Transportation for Commuters
$1,174

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College Aid Gift
Need-Based Federal Pell Grant
Need-Based Private Sch Grant
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Sch Grant

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

When it comes to the typical Baylor student, it’s probably not terribly surprising to learn that majority is “most likely Christian.” These “bright” and “studious” undergrads are not wholly defined by their faith, however, and many happily report that their peers are “eager to engage with...people of differing convictions.” Indeed, a handful of undergrads asserts that “diversity is welcome and appreciated.” Of course, that would be expected from a “respectful” and “courteous” student body. As one junior tells us, “There are so many different people here that summing us all up is impossible. Everyone can find someone who absolutely adores them and they become best friends. It’s not hard to make friends at all.” Hence, Baylor ’s “outgoing” undergrads seem to “have no problem adapting to college life and responsibilities.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
13,859
Out of State
24%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

6.44%
Asian
7.57%
African-American
14.57%
Hispanic
66.08%
Caucasian
3.42%
International

58% female
42% male
24% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Undergrads at Baylor are quite adept at finding “a good balance” between academics and social life. While they certainly take their schoolwork seriously, many students are quick to take advantage of opportunities outside the classroom as well. For starters, the university has a fairly sporty community and athletic events are quite popular on campus. As one sophomore business major shares, “Football games and tailgating are a must and the basketball games are fun too.” Greek life is fairly active and fraternities and sororities certainly “have a strong presence.” Many undergrads here are drawn to community service as well. One impressed freshman relays, “Volunteering is a big thing at Baylor, and many of the student organizations actively help out in the community.” Undergrads also love the fact that there’s “a bowling alley on campus,” as well as “cheap movies” continually being screened. Baylor also hosts a number of great events such as “socials, dances...farmers markets, etc.” Of course, there’s plenty of adventure to be had when students are itching to get off-campus for a bit. For example, Baylor is located near a national park where students love to go for “hammocking, mountain biking, and hiking.” And hometown Waco is “just an hour away from both Austin and Dallas so it’s easy to make a weekend trip.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
38%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
81
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
93

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
316
Number of Honor Societies
10

Number of Social Sororities
21
Number of Religious Organizations
14

15% join a fraternity
22% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Bears)
8 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Bears)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Equestrian Sports
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: www.baylor.edu/student_activities

Minority Support Groups: www.baylor.edu/multicultural_activities

Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple HP GovConnection

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ross VanDyke
Coordinator of Daily Visits

Address
Wiethorn Visitor Center
One Bear Place #97331
Waco, TX 767987331

Phone
254-710-2407

Email
Ross_VanDyke@baylor.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bear Habitat
Armstrong Browning Library
Baylor Sciences Building
Student Life Center
McLane Stadium

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Fort Fisher Park
Texas Sports Hall of Fame
Cameron Park
Dr. Pepper Museum
River Square Center -- shopping/restaurants

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
254-710-2407

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
campus_visits@baylor.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Arrangements
Contact Visiting Center

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Waco Regional Airport is 10 miles (a 15-minute drive) from campus. Rental cars and taxis are available at the airport for the drive to campus; call Avis at 800-331-1212 or Hertz at 800-654-3131. The Waco airport can be reached via Dallas-Fort Worth International and Houston International (George Bush) Airports.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-35, take Exit 335B on University Parks Dr. The Campus Tours Office is 2 blocks east of I-35 in the Wiethorn Visitor's Center.

Local Accommodations
see http://www.baylor.edu/visit for listing
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Key Stats

33,898
Applicants
13,859
Size
55%
Acceptance Rate
1230
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists