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Academics

The oldest continually operating university in Texas, Baylor University offers a “worldly view of academics … [to] explore where cultures come from.” Offering over 140 undergraduate programs, the focus at Baylor is on critical thinking and analysis with the goal of contributing to the plentiful academic disciplines explored on campus. The school is strongly driven not only by academics but also by faith, “[prioritizing excellence] in school but [holding] faith to a very high standard as well.” The school’s history and mission statement encourage students to lead and serve worldwide by integrating academics with their Christian commitment. Although they are “pushed daily in studies,” Baylor’s students still “manage to participate in multiple clubs, have jobs, and stay active in the community.” Because Baylor’s campus has “the perfect balance” of space and student population, professors are able to “show genuine care for students” both in terms of academics and personal well-being. Smaller class sizes mean “students can really get to know their professors” and build a professional and personal rapport that fosters the community and family-like feel present on the Baylor campus. In the classroom, students are given “hands-on experience working on real world projects” aimed at professional development. Innovations abound in Baylor’s academics with students undergoing flipped classrooms—students lead a discussion rather than attending a traditional lecture—and field trips that take them to locations both near and far. These often take the form of visits to art museums, other religious institutions, and nonprofit organizations for added cultural exposure. The professors “believe we are the people who will change the world and make it a better place,” one student says.

Student Body

Despite the university’s foundation in Christian ideals, students at Baylor have seen “a huge push toward diversity and learning about different cultures.” While some students still find frustration in breaking past those traditional beliefs, Baylor has a “strong sense of community” and “everyone is still accepting of one another,” a student says. “The campus and student body seem like the perfect size: big enough to where you don’t know everyone, but small enough to where you can walk across campus knowing you will see at least one familiar face,” says another. Baylor is home to a range of races, backgrounds, and religions, but above all else, the school “brings amazing people onto its campus.”

Campus Life

With over 330 clubs and organizations, it’s no wonder students balance their “rigorous course loads” with plenty of other activities. And with forty sororities and fraternities, that means Baylor’s campus features a booming Greek life. Still, many students attend church every Sunday and are encouraged to take part in activities that will “enhance their religious view.” Regardless of personal religious affiliations, the entire student body is “full of the Baylor spirit and open to interactions with everyone,” and there are many opportunities for student involvement during the week, many of which include local community service.

The campus is located in Waco, Texas, and has bountiful options when it comes to good dining—a variety of food trucks even roll onto campus during larger events. Austin and Dallas are also nearby, and study breaks on weekends are normally spent taking trips to these larger cities. Baylor students seek “outdoorsy” activities, which is easy since the campus and nearby towns all have appealing options: hiking in Cameron Park, hammocking on campus, kayaking on the Brazos River. If they’re not opting for outdoor forms of recreation or exercise, they can typically be found working out in the Student Life Center. With nineteen varsity sports, student claims that sports are huge on campus are also clearly true, and sporting events are often cause for the diverse student population to come together. In the fall, almost everyone attends football games; in the spring, almost everyone supports the basketball team.

Overview

Applicants
37,083
Acceptance Rate
39%

SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
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
1,392
with Terminal Degree
923

752
Men
640
Women
223
Minority
31
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
63%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

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.

  • Communication, General.
  • 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.
  • Business 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.

  • 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
63%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
79%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$53,900

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$101,800

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$55,300

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$105,500

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
17%


Students Say

Baylor's Career Services department helps students to achieve “Success Beyond Baylor,” and assists in résumés, job recruitment, career fairs, and networking, which is a solid reason why around eighty-six percent of students found a job or started graduate school within ninety days of graduation. The school's great reputation, combined with “a prestigious private school setting,” gives students a solid foundation for internships and the professors “all have an open-door policy and will help you find jobs.” They “are connected not only to the academic world but also the workforce” and have “knowledge about future jobs and internships.” Out of Baylor alumni visiting PayScale.com, 49 percent report that they derive a high level of meaning from their jobs.

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,879

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$25,716

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,270

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
52%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$50,172

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$42,842
Required Fees
$4,522
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,264

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,166
Transportation for Commuters
$1,680

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,842
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
14,188
Foreign Countries Represented
72

Demographics

6.57%
Asian
5.93%
African-American
15.76%
Hispanic
62.75%
Caucasian
3.35%
International

60% female
40% male
32% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
36%
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
23
Number of Religious Organizations
14

20% join a fraternity
34% 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

86/99
AASHE STARS® rating
SILVER
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, 2018.

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
Magnolia Market at the Silos
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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