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Academics

Chartered in 1845, Baylor University is the oldest continually operating university in Texas, offering 142 different degrees and an international reputation for research excellence. The school thrives in "producing well-rounded cutting edge professionals with the ethical background presented in Christianity, or at least drawing from the viewpoints it can provide in terms of ethics." Thanks to the storied history and clear mission statement, students say they are driven "to be their very best through discipline and academic rigor" while balancing the social and spiritual elements of the collegiate experience. All academic programs are strong, classrooms are "technologically current," and "there are many academic resources available to struggling students." "From the faculty and staff to each individual student, it seems like everyone just wants everyone else to be the best possible version of themselves that they can be," says a student.

Baylor "strives to employ the best professors and it shows through their teaching." The faculty are "passionate about the subject matter that they teach" and want their students "to gain a deep understanding of the class material." They make themselves available "for class help or life advice," and "don't hold back any information for any political reason. They tell the truth about the world and that's that." Baylor 's focus is each student's long-term path, and professors "are connected not only to the academic world but also the workforce" with knowledge about future jobs and internships.

Student Body

While Baylor is a Christian university—"a fact that is strongly felt on campus"—and faith is an integral part of the school, "if you are not as Christian, you are still welcome and will find a place on campus." There is a wide range of groups available for every student, and the Baylor student body is "warm, welcoming, and open with their faith," making the school seem like "one big family that truly is there to support one another." Even though there are 16,000 undergrads, it "feels like a small school even though it is not." Though there is diversity here, the majority of students "are similar in cultural background" (white, wealthy) and "very non-political" although the school as a whole "skews conservative strongly."

Campus Life

The focus here is "academics first, God/religion second, campus-affiliated organizations next, and sports fourth." There are "endless opportunities to meet new people and build relationships on campus," especially during the first year. Baylor requires first-year students to live on campus, and then after that it's up to the student. There are "a vast number of clubs" for people to participate in, and "most people have Greek obligations (meetings, events, mixers) and onor off-campus jobs." Many people have back-to-back classes from 9am until early afternoon and often take Friday classes off. Students "like to work hard between Sunday to Thursday and make sure they have fun Friday and Saturday." Many also make "the easy drives to Austin or Dallas" for a weekend in the city.

Most people here are very active and "enjoy the beauty that this campus offers," and the school has a lot of outdoor activities that students can participate in, such as free access to a marina on the Brazos River, where they can kayak, paddleboard, and canoe, or Cameron Park, which is "great for hiking, running, biking or hammocking." Waco itself "has a lot of gems," including local coffee shops, boutiques, and a nice Saturday farmers' market. The apartments where many students live "have really nice pools so people go there often to drink together."

Overview

Applicants
37,083
Acceptance Rate
39%

Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Action — November 1

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
14:1
Total Faculty
1,352
with Terminal Degree
880

745
Men
607
Women
196
Minority
30
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Majors

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP STUDIES.

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization.
  • Asian Studies/Civilization.
  • Latin American Studies.
  • Slavic Studies.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Bioinformatics.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Neuroscience.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Fashion Merchandising.
  • Finance, General.
  • Financial Planning and Services.
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General.
  • Insurance.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management.
  • Management Information Systems, General.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.
  • Real Estate.
  • Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General.
  • Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia.
  • Journalism.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.
  • Information Technology.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Biology Teacher Education.
  • Chemistry Teacher Education.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education.
  • Mathematics Teacher Education.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education.
  • Social Studies Teacher Education.
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education.
  • Special Education and Teaching, General.
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Engineering, General.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Pre-Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General.
  • Human Development and Family Studies, General.
  • Human Nutrition.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature.
  • Arabic Language and Literature.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General.
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics.
  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Latin Language and Literature.
  • Linguistics.
  • Russian Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist.
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders, General.
  • Environmental Health.
  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other.
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies.
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies.
  • Pre-Nursing Studies.
  • Public Health Education and Promotion.
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Applied Mathematics, General.
  • Mathematics, General.
  • Statistics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Environmental Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Astronomy.
  • Astrophysics.
  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Geophysics and Seismology.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Administration.
  • Social Work.

  • SCIENCE TECHNOLOGIES/TECHNICIANS.

  • Science Technologies/Technicians, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • THEOLOGY AND RELIGIOUS VOCATIONS.

  • Divinity/Ministry.
  • Religious/Sacred Music.

  • TRANSPORTATION AND MATERIALS MOVING.

  • Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew.
  • Aviation/Airway Management and Operations.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Acting.
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation.
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fashion/Apparel Design.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Interior Design.
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory.
  • Music Pedagogy.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music Theory and Composition.
  • Music, General.
  • Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology.


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

Notable Faculty


Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
60%
Graduate in 5 years
75%
Graduate in 6 years
77%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$27,714

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$24,420

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,580

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$44,859

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$41,194
Required Fees
$4,348
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,230

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,136
Transportation for Commuters
$1,620

On-Campus Room and Board
$7,800
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
14,316
Foreign Countries Represented
73

Demographics

6.27%
Asian
6.31%
African-American
15.26%
Hispanic
63.42%
Caucasian
3.29%
International

59% female
41% male
30% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
35%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Office of Access and Learning Accommodation

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Dae Vasek

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Guidelines are available on the website www.baylor.edu/oala

Documentation Required for ADHD

Guidelines are available on the website www.baylor.edu/oala

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

18% join a fraternity
33% 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

Sustainability

83/99
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Apple HP GovConnection

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
Magnolia Market at the Silos

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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