Baylor University


Enrollment: 12,101.

Student Body: 59% female, 41% male, 18% out-of-state, 2% international (85 countries represented). Asian 7%, African American 8%, Caucasian 69%, Hispanic 11%, Native American 1%.

Retention and Graduation: 84% freshmen return for sophomore year. 47% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 15:1. 859 full-time faculty, 81% hold PhDs, 11% are members of minority groups, 37% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors, masters, post-master’s certificate.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Biology/biological sciences; marketing/marketing management; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, double major, honors program, internships, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: Honors Program, University Scholars Program, Great Texts Program. Combined degree programs:, BBA/MAccounting, BBA/MTax, BSN/MSNursing, BBA/MBA, BSE/MSBE BSE/ME, etc. Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships.


Housing: Special housing for disabled students, men’s dorms, special housing for international students, women’s dorms, apartments for married students, apartments for single students, theme housing, living-learning centers.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Language and environmental studies labs, natural science museum, high definition television, Armstrong Browning library, Texas Collection Library, Strecker Museum/Bill and Vara Daniel Historical Village, TV station, radio station.

Computers: 98% of classrooms, 10% of dorms, 95% of libraries, 95% of dining areas, 95% of student union, 50% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: City.

Activities: Choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/ theater, jazz band, literary magazine, marching band, music ensembles, musical theater, opera, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization, Model UN.

Organizations: 222 registered organizations, 32 honor societies, 11 religious organizations. 22 fraternities, 20 sororities.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, football, golf, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/ field (indoor). Basketball, cheerleading, cross-country, equestrian sports, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Mayborn Museum Complex, Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor Sciences Building, Student Life Center, Chili’s Too—1st on a University Campus. Environmental Initiatives: Campus wide recycling, with over 700 locations on campus to recycle in which to recycle, and collaboration with Athletics Department to recycle at all university sporting events. Financing wind power generation facilities through our contract for the next 10 years to finance the construction of wind turbines. Campus-wide commitment to energy conservation through campaigns such as Last Out, Lights Out.


Freshman Academic Profile: 40% in top 10% of high school class, 73% in top 25% of high school class, 95% in top 50% of high school class. SAT Math middle 50% range 550-650. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 530-640. SAT Writing middle 50% range 510-620. ACT middle 50% range 23-29. Minimum paper TOEFL 540. Minimum computer TOEFL 207. Minimum web-based TOEFL 76.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Class rank, rigor of secondary school record, standardized test scores. Academic GPA. Application essay, recommendation(s), alumni/ae relation, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, first generation, interview, level of applicant’s interest, religious affiliation/commitment, talent/ability, volunteer work.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is accepted. 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 1 social studies, 1 history.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 34,145 applied, 48% admitted, 20% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: College transcript(s), minimum college GPA of 2.5 required. Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $50. Nonfall registration accepted. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Annual tuition $28,720. Room and board $8,984. Required fees $2,938. Average book expense $1,390.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, State Residency Affirmation. Financial aid filing deadline 8/15. Priority financial aid filing date 1/15.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on a rolling basis beginning 3/1.

Types of Aid: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, the school’s own gift aid. FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, Federal Nursing, state loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Highest amount earned per year from on-campus jobs $9,325. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 64% freshmen, 52% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 63% freshmen, 47% undergrads receive non-need-based scholarship or grant aid. 55% freshmen, 45% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 3% freshmen, 3% undergrads receive athletic scholarships. 94% freshmen, 86% undergrads receive any aid.

Criteria for awarding institutional aid: Academics, art, athletics, job skills, leadership, music/drama.

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