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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B+
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
Baylor is a highly rated private, Christian university located in Waco, Texas. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 14,100 undergraduate students. Admissions is fairly competitive as the Baylor acceptance rate is 39%. Popular majors include Biology, Nursing, and Accounting. Graduating 77% of students, Baylor alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,600.
About Baylor University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big 12 Conference
Address
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
Website
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Baylor University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
39%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1190-1360
ACT Range
26-31
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

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Cost

Net Price
$37,745/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$21,350/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
98%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
14:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.235 responses
59%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.269 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.268 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,100Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
216
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
17%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 174 responses
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  • Goal-oriented
    25%
  • Genuine
    20%
  • Mission-Minded
    14%
  • Religious
    12%
  • Open and nice
    11%
  • Ring-by-spring
    7%
  • Fratty
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.332 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.384 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 188 responses
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  • Traditional
    17%
  • Proud
    16%
  • Amazing, Safe, incredible, it's Gods school!
    14%
  • Incredible
    13%
  • Unique
    11%
  • Amazing
    11%
  • Professional
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$51,600/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses
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Baylor University Reviews

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Being a student at Baylor, or any college depends on making a way for yourself. Whatever you choose to invest in and the people you connect with with shape your entire four years. However, it is very easy to stay in these pools of influence. If you do not connect with professors, they won't watch out for you, if you focus just on Greek life, you can miss out on other interests of yours. Although it is a "Baptist" school, they are becoming more accepting of other religions and practices which are not traditionally Baptist. Baylor is a place willing to grow, its southern location often hinders that. Tuition is a bit much for what you get. Sports and business building are well funded, all other academics are often left behind in financial support. Great honors programs and student-teacher ratios!
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Overall, I love Baylor! It is a beautiful campus, and so far the teachers I've had class with are very kind people. I am an Interior Design major which is a fairly small majoring class, but all the students have been so kind to help other students with projects and assignments, share encouraging words, and become friends with the rest of the students in the major. My only complaint is our university was blessed with quite a bit of money at a charity event and instead of using the money on renovating desperately-needed education buildings(mine is one of them) and dorms. Baylor is choosing to construct a new welcome center building which is unneeded and served towards potential students and constructing more renovations to our newer education buildings.
Baylor has a wonderful, family-like environment. Many people refer to it as the "Baylor Bubble" because it can feel like home, like a safety bubble. But they also call it that, if they're honest, because it's sheltered from the "outside" world. I have to clarify to people that I didn't live in Waco, I lived at Baylor. They're two different worlds. However, the academics are anything but sheltered. Baylor holds up their commitment to their Christian heritage and academic excellence. My professors consistently challenged me intellectually, through both lectures and course work, and the small class sizes allowed for depth of discussion. The student population is not too diverse, and the faculty even less so. Overall, it's an affluent school. A lot of students use bikes to get around campus, and a lot of them leave over the weekends. The cafeterias have plenty of options. And it's a beautiful campus!