The Ivy Scholars guide to Baylor University’s culture, admissions, and other essential information for prospective students and their families.
Location: Waco, Texas
Type: Private Christian Research Institution
Population: 18,000 (14,000 undergrads)
The oldest continuously operating university in Texas, Baylor’s 1,000-acre campus is on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas. Created by the last congress of the Republic of Texas, the university sits between Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin and is the largest Baptist university in the world. In its own words, “Baylor provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship.”
Year Founded: 1845
4 Year Graduation Rate: 54%
Gender Distribution: 58% male, 42% female
Acceptance Rate: 38.9%
Residency: 60% in state, 40% out of state or international
Location Type: Urban
Schedule System: Semesters
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Average Class Size: 26
Demographics: 64% Caucasian, 14% Hispanic, 6% Asian, 6% Black, 11% Hispanic, 5% Other
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Average Applicant Pool: 34,500
Average Number of Applicants Accepted: 13,500
Average Number Enrolled: 3,800
Application Systems: Common App, Apply Texas
Average GPA: 3.72 weighted
SAT Scores: 25th percentile – 1190, 75th percentile – 1360
ACT Scores: 25th percentile – 26, 75th percentile – 31
*Test mandatory. Writing sections optional.
Subject Test Requirements: No SAT Subject Tests are required.
Demonstrated Interest: Baylor does consider demonstrated interest.
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Recommendation Letter Policies: Two letters of recommendation are recommended, but not required. Baylor states that if you have letters that have been written for other institutions, you may send those in.
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School Motto: For Church, For Texas
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Student Testimonials (Niche, Unigo, Cappex)
As a faith-focused university, chapel and associated religious activities are a major part of the student experience. To quote Baylor on the subject: “Baylor continues to hold firm to the conviction that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian, where such a commitment does not imply a lack of scholarly inquiry, but rather requires scholarship and creative endeavors at the highest levels of quality to complement and inform its teaching and service.” In spite of this, attendance at chapel is not required, and students from all faith backgrounds can find a place at Baylor.
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Greek Life: Baylor has 40+ societies, both national and international, encompassing social and academic fraternities and sororities. Around 14% of males and 21% of female undergraduates are involved in Greek life at Baylor.
Yearly Cost of Attending Baylor University in 2020:
For financial aid consideration, Baylor requires all students to complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). More than 90% of Baylor students receive at least some financial aid. Priority dates to apply: November 1st for ED/EA, February 1st for Regular Decision. Applications applying after these deadlines will have aid assigned based on a first-come-first-served basis.
All applicants are considered for academic scholarships. 86% of applicants receive an academic scholarship, and the median range of scholarships awarded is $64,000 over four years.