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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  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
    C+
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 $41,000.
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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,321/ year
  • $30-48k
    $28,158/ year
  • $49-75k
    $31,484/ year
  • $76-110k
    $33,706/ year
  • $110k+
    $41,004/ year
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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.262 responses
51%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.261 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
14,100Undergrads
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 167 responses
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  • Goal-oriented
    26%
  • 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
53%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.325 responses
Poll
67%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.377 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 181 responses
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  • Traditional
    17%
  • Proud
    16%
  • Amazing, Safe, incredible, it's Gods school!
    14%
  • Incredible
    13%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Professional
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
77%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
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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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!
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I absolutely adore Baylor University and couldn't imagine finding a better place to spend the next 4 years of my life. The campus is diverse, inclusive, and encourages students to bring their histories and cultures alongside them. You feel immensely supported and encouraged as a student at Baylor; professors and advisors are rooting for your success. Before I visited Baylor, I didn't expect it to be diverse. Honestly, I expected masses of rich, white kids milling around. Baylor completely proved me wrong; it's one of the most diverse and welcoming places I've ever been. I absolutely love my university.
Everyone says they chose Baylor as their university because they felt the strong family atmosphere. It’s no lie, the friendly students, faculty, and staff make you feel as if you are walking into a family reunion. Along with that, the culture built around Christianity shines brighter at Baylor more than any other school I’ve seen. The athletic teams are outstanding and very enjoyable to watch. The academics are clearly superb and among the best in the nation. The only reason I give Baylor 4 out of 5 stars is because, although this category is trending in the right direction, the diversity of the student population is lower compared to state schools. Other than that, Baylor University is by no mistake one of the top universities that will make one’s college experience unforgettable.