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Baylor University Overview

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Waco, Texas. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Baylor University Known For?

3,798 Undergraduate Awards
$44,536 Avg Cost After Aid
39% Acceptance Rate
  • The student loan default rate at Baylor is 4%, which is significantly lower than the national rate of 10.1%. That's great news for students who are worrying about paying off their student loans.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest award offered at Baylor.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 78% of the faculty were full-time.
  • Students who graduate from Baylor with a bachelor's degree make about $51,600 a year. That's 26% more than those who graduate from other schools.
  • It takes the average Baylor student 4.2 years to graduate. This is pretty good when compared to the national rate of 4.4 years.

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Baylor University Rankings

Baylor is ranked #463 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #21 out of 159 schools in Texas.

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Baylor has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#142 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#260 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Baylor.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Best General Sales & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Teacher Education Subject Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best General Business/Commerce Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#18 Best Special Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Education Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Teacher Education Grade Specific Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#26 Best Management Information Systems Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#84 Best Business, Management & Marketing Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Baylor has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#5 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Subject Specific College Factual
#6 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#20 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#30 Best Teaching Schools Teaching Degree Search
#40 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is Baylor University?

Location of Baylor University

Contact details for Baylor are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Waco, TX 76798
Phone: 254-710-1011
Website: www.baylor.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Baylor-University/61388081925
Twitter: https://twitter.com/baylor

How Do I Get Into Baylor?

You can apply to Baylor online at: www.baylor.edu/admissions

Admission Requirements for Baylor

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Baylor?

39% Acceptance Rate
59% Of Accepted Are Women
36% Submit SAT Scores
You'll need to do what you can to make your application stand out if you plan to apply to Baylor. The school screens its applicants carefully and has a fairly low acceptance rate of 39%. So, don't just throw your admission packet together at the last minute!

Approximately 41% of accepted students are men and 59% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 39%, and the acceptance rate for women is 39%.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to Baylor submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Baylor University  ( 600 to 680 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Baylor University  ( 590 to 680 )
200
800
Baylor received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 25 and 32. Math scores were between 25 and 29. Composite scores were between 26 and 31.

ACT English Scores for Baylor University  ( 25 to 32 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Baylor University  ( 25 to 29 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Baylor University  ( 26 to 31 )
1
36

Can I Afford Baylor University?

$44,536 Net Price
47% Take Out Loans
3.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Baylor is $44,536. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Baylor, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $11,254 a year. That adds up to $45,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Baylor is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Baylor University Undergraduate Student Diversity

13,906 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
33% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 14,108 undergraduate students at Baylor, with 13,906 being full-time and 202 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Baylor

There are also 3,925 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 13,906 full-time undergraduates at Baylor, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Baylor

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Baylor University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Baylor Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 988
Black or African American 764
Hispanic or Latino 2,163
White 8,532
International Students 676
Other Races/Ethnicities 783

Geographic Diversity

Texas students aren't the only ones who study at Baylor University. At this time, 47 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at Baylor. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Nigeria, and South Korea.

Online Learning at Baylor University

415 Took All Classes Online
935 Took At Least One Class Online
134.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 935 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Baylor has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 60th most popular in Texas for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Baylor

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Baylor University was 134.4%. This is the #300 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Baylor regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Baylor majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Business, Management & Marketing 5%
Health Professions 2%
Nursing 15%
Public Administration & Social Service 8%
Social Work 6%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Baylor ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Baylor.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Social Work #3
Public Administration & Social Service #9
Nursing #41
Business Administration & Management #65
Health Professions #78
Business, Management & Marketing #86

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Baylor University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 159 0 196 0 355
Accounting 232 0 101 0 333
Nursing 264 0 22 7 293
General Biology 233 0 0 8 241
Marketing 191 0 0 0 191
Communication & Media Studies 139 0 15 0 154
Finance & Financial Management 153 0 0 0 153
Health & Physical Education 108 0 38 7 153
Health/Medical Prep Programs 137 0 0 0 137
Management Information Systems 128 0 0 0 128
Social Work 41 0 85 1 127
Communication Sciences 78 0 47 0 125
Law 0 0 0 118 118
Mechanical Engineering 105 0 4 1 110
General Psychology 93 0 6 4 103
Political Science & Government 96 0 3 4 103
Teacher Education Subject Specific 80 0 17 0 97
Entrepreneurial Studies 86 0 0 0 86
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 81 3 84
Journalism 73 0 8 0 81
Business/Managerial Economics 68 0 6 0 74
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 70 0 0 0 70
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 64 0 0 0 64
Music 39 0 22 2 63
General Business/Commerce 60 0 0 0 60
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 60 0 0 0 60
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 56 0 0 0 56
Electrical Engineering 46 0 5 3 54
Teacher Education Grade Specific 52 0 0 0 52
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 48 0 0 0 48
Sociology 35 0 7 3 45
Public Health 32 0 12 0 44
International Relations & National Security 43 0 1 0 44
General English Literature 26 0 6 11 43
Computer Science 39 0 3 0 42
Religious Studies 35 0 2 4 41
Mathematics 34 0 1 5 40
Real Estate 39 0 0 0 39
Interdisciplinary Studies 39 0 0 0 39
Human Development & Family Studies 38 0 0 0 38
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 38 0 38
Drama & Theater Arts 36 0 1 0 37
Chemistry 21 0 5 10 36
Human Resource Management 35 0 0 0 35
History 26 0 4 4 34
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 3 23 8 34
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 32 32
General Sales & Marketing 30 0 0 0 30
Allied Health Professions 8 0 0 21 29
Natural Resources Conservation 21 0 2 5 28
Romance Languages 23 0 4 0 27
Design & Applied Arts 27 0 0 0 27
Taxation 0 0 25 0 25
Fine & Studio Arts 25 0 0 0 25
Information Science 0 0 22 0 22
General Engineering 20 0 2 0 22
Food, Nutrition & Related Services 19 0 2 0 21
Philosophy 16 0 1 4 21
International Business 20 0 0 0 20
Educational Administration 0 0 17 1 18
Writing Studies 17 0 0 0 17
Anthropology 17 0 0 0 17
Statistics 5 0 6 5 16
Insurance 15 0 0 0 15
Geological & Earth Sciences 8 0 4 3 15
Physics 7 0 7 1 15
Air Transportation 15 0 0 0 15
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 7 4 11
Liberal Arts General Studies 11 0 0 0 11
Special Education 10 0 0 0 10
Museum Studies 0 0 10 0 10
Sacred Music 7 0 2 0 9
Applied Mathematics 8 0 0 0 8
Nutrition Science 0 0 8 0 8
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 5 0 0 0 5
Other Business, Management & Marketing 4 0 0 0 4
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 4 0 4
Classical Languages & Literature 4 0 0 0 4
Middle Eastern Semitic Languages 4 0 0 0 4
Public Administration 1 0 3 0 4
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 3 0 0 0 3
Area Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 2 0 0 0 2
Astronomy & Astrophysics 2 0 0 0 2
General Family & Consumer Sciences 1 0 0 0 1
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 1 0 0 0 1
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 3,798 3 885 279 4,965

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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