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Baylor University

Waco, TX

Baylor University, founded in 1845, is a church-affiliated university. It provides a strong academic program in a Christian environment. Programs are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences; the Hankamer School of Business; the Schools of Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Music, and Nursing. It is centrally located in the state. Classes are generally small (average size 35-40), and professors maintain regular office hours. There is an opportunity for leadership development. Its 432-acre campus is located in a residential area of Waco. The university also operates a medical school in Dallas.

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Institution TypePrivate
Undergraduate Students13,859
   Women8,043 (58.0%)
   Men5,816 (42.0%)
Graduate Students2,404


Entrance DifficultyModerately difficult
Overall Admission Rate55% of 33,898 applicants were admitted
Early Action OfferedYes
Early Decision OfferedNo
Regular Admission DeadlineFebruary 1
Selection of Students
FactorVery ImportantImportantConsideredNot Considered
Academic GPAX
Standardized TestsX
Extracurricular ActivitiesX
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPANot reported
SAT Math624 average
570-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading608 average
560-660 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing588 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite27 average
24-30 range of middle 50%


Cost of Attendance$56,838
Tuition and Fees
Room and Board
Average Percent of Need Met67%
Average Freshman Award$27,086
Average Indebtedness of
2011 Graduates
Not reported


Academic Calendar SystemSemester
General Education/
Core Curriculum
Full-Time Faculty
Teaching Undergraduates
Regular Class Size2-9 students: 11% of classes
10-19 students: 38% of classes
20-29 students: 21% of classes
30-39 students: 11% of classes
40-49 students: 10% of classes
50-99 students: 6% of classes
Over 100 students: 3% of classes


Waco Population127,018
Nearest Metropolitan AreaDallas-Fort Worth
Freshman Housing GuaranteeFreshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing99% of freshmen, 38% of all students
Athletic ConferencesNCAA Division I
Sororities28% of women participate
Fraternities15% of men participate


Ethnicity of Students from U.S.0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
6.5% Asian
7.6% Black/African-American
14.6% Hispanic/Latino
4.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
66.1% White
0.2% Unknown
International Students3.1% from 73 countries
First-Year Students Returning89.0%
Students Graduating
Within 4 Years
Graduates Offered Full-Time
Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing
Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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Average 3.57 3.96 612 596 597 27
Low 1.89 2.00 300 350 400 15
High 4.00 5.00 800 800 800 35
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Each semester more than 3,000 of Baylor's students participate in Steppin' Out, in which they spend a Saturday performing service projects in the Waco community.

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