A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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
    C+
Baylor University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-FBS
Athletic Conference
Big Twelve Conference
Address
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
Website

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
44%
Application Deadline
February 1
SAT Range
1140-1320
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$34,413/ year
National
$15,403
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $28,128/ year
  • $30-48k
    $27,851/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,065/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,247/ year
  • $110k+
    $37,236/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
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.247 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.246 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,946Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 152 responses
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  • Goal-oriented
    24%
  • Genuine
    20%
  • Mission-Minded
    14%
  • Open and nice
    12%
  • Religious
    12%
  • Ring-by-spring
    8%
  • Fratty
    6%

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.310 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.362 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 166 responses
Report
  • Proud
    17%
  • Traditional
    17%
  • Incredible
    13%
  • Amazing, Safe, incredible, it's Gods school!
    13%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Professional
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
70%
National
48%
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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I have visited Baylor University twice now, and each time I surprise myself by discovering new things to be fascinated by! There is an abundance of student activities on campus; you can even watch as people prance across Fountain Mall playing a game of Quidditch. Day in and day out, there are a multitude of franchises to dine in or out at. In the "Grease Pit", on the opposite side of the high way lining campus, there are more fast-food restaurants than you could even count on all your fingers and toes. In addition to the campus life and eateries, Baylor is the only university also certified as a zoo. With the two live bears, Joy and Lady, the campus is lit up by their presence as true mascots. Overall, Baylor is a University that provides all who visit with an experience they can never forget.
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Although I was at first skeptical attending a baptist university, Baylor welcomed me with open arms and an open heart. The students, faculty, administrators, and everyone around wanted to see every individual thrive, which is uncommon especially at a large university. Although the city of Waco is not too entertaining, there are a lot of activities on campus (organizational groups, sororities/fraternities, philanthropic groups) that any student can apply to be a part of. Baylor is the place for me!
Baylor's great professors and resources have helped me get to where I am in the professional world. Dormitories are relatively new, but nearby off-campus housing is a more affordable option. Dining halls provide good food and many options. I've always felt safe on campus.

Many students come from small Texas towns where they were never exposed to anything outside of their small communities. However, the rising number of out-of-state students enrolling could change that. It is difficult to be engaged in campus life w/o Greek Life especially if that aspect of college does not interest you.

The resources that Baylor offers outweighs the poor student life at the University. Despite not finding my place at the university, I've developed meaningful relationships with my professors and mentors. I RECOMMEND choosing Baylor University, but only if you are ambitious and truly desire professional success.

Hope this helps anyone looking into being a Baylor Bear. Sic Em!