Baylor University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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Baylor University is a private Christian university with an acceptance rate of 52%. To apply, students can use the Common Application, ApplyTexas, or the Baylor online application. Baylor has an Early Decision program that can improve admission chances for students who are sure the university is their top choice school.

Located in Waco, Texas, and founded in 1845, Baylor is affiliated with the Baptist Church. With over 140 areas of study 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 14-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. The university fields seven men's and 10 women's intercollegiate sports.

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

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Baylor University had an acceptance rate of 52%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 52 students were admitted, making Baylor's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 34,681
Percent Admitted 52%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 19%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Baylor requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 46% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 600 680
Math 590 690
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Baylor's admitted students fall within the top 35% 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 590 and 690, while 25% scored below 590 and 25% scored above 690. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1370 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Baylor.

Requirements

Baylor does not require the SAT writing section. 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. At Baylor, SAT Subject tests are not required.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Baylor requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 54% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 25 34
Math 24 29
Composite 26 31

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 31, while 25% scored above 31 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 has selective admissions, with approximately one-half of applicants admitted. Accepted students tend to have above average grades and standardized test scores. 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.

Note that there are quite a few red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue. Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Baylor did not get in, while other students with test scores and grades below the norm were accepted. This is because Baylor has a holistic admissions process that often takes into consideration non-quantitative information such as a strong application essay and supplemental essay. Many components of the application including letters of recommendation and a resume are optional, but applicants might choose to include these items so that the admissions folks can make a more informed admission decision.

The most important pieces of a Baylor application is a student's academic record. The university will be looking at more than grades; the school is also interested in the rigor of your high school courses. They look for applicants who have taken challenging college preparatory courses such as Advanced Placement, IB, and Honors. Students with high grades in difficult courses will have an edge over students who didn't challenge themselves in high school.

Some of Baylor's programs have specific requirements: music and theatre majors must audition while pre-med, pre-dental, and engineering programs have higher GPA requirements than the university as a whole. Students should check the requirements for their intended major before applying.