Baylor University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Baylor University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 45%. Located in Waco, Texas and founded in 1845, Baylor is affiliated with the Baptist Church. With over 127 undergraduate degree programs and 330 student organizations, Baylor tends to rank among the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. The school's many pre-professional programs including pre-med and pre-law are popular among undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 13-to-1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 26. On the athletic front, the Baylor Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Considering applying to Baylor University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Baylor University had an acceptance rate of 45%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 45 students were admitted, making Baylor's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 34,582
Percent Admitted 45%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 21%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Baylor requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 49% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 680
Math 600 700
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Baylor's admitted students fall within the top 20% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Baylor scored between 600 and 680, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 680. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 600 and 700, while 25% scored below 600 and 25% scored above 700. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1380 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Baylor.

Requirements

Baylor does not require the SAT writing section or SAT Subject tests. Note that Baylor participates in the scorechoice program, which means that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Baylor requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 51% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 26 34
Math 25 29
Composite 26 32

This admissions data tells us that most of Baylor's admitted students fall within the top 18% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Baylor received a composite ACT score between 26 and 32, while 25% scored above 32 and 25% scored below 26.

Requirements

Unlike many universities, Baylor superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered. Baylor does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

Baylor University does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Baylor University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph
Baylor University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Baylor University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Baylor University, which accepts fewer than half of applicants, has a selective admissions process with above SAT/ACT scores and GPAs. However, Baylor also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond grades and test scores. A strong application essay, supplemental essay and optional letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. Note that pre-med, pre-dental, and engineering programs have more stringent admission requirements. Music and theatre majors have separate application and audition requirements. Prospective applicants should check the requirements for their intended major. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and test scores are outside Baylor's average range.

To apply, students can use the Common Application, ApplyTexas, or the Baylor online application. Baylor has Early Decision and Early Action programs that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school.

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had self-reported average high school grades of B or higher, SAT scores of 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and Baylor University Undergraduate Admissions Office.