Baylor GPA, SAT and ACT Data

Baylor GPA, SAT and ACT Graph

Baylor University GPA, SAT and ACT Data for Admission
Baylor University GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data Courtesy of Cappex


Baylor University has selective admissions, only 40% of applicants were admitted. Accepted students tend to have both grades and standardized test scores that are above average. To see how you measure up against successful applicants, you can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Discussion of Baylor's Admissions Standards:

Baylor is a private university that accepts less than half of all applicants, and you'll need a strong academic record to be admitted. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. The majority of successful applicants had high school averages of "B" or higher, SAT scores of about 1050 or higher, and ACT composite scores of 21 or higher. The higher those numbers, the better your chance of getting in.

Note that there are quite a few red and yellow dots (rejected and waitlisted students) hidden behind the green and blue, especially to the left of the graph's center line (the graph below makes this clear). Some students with grades and test scores that were on target for Baylor did not get in. Note also that some students were accepted with test scores and grades below the norm. This is because Baylor has a holistic admissions process that often takes into consideration non-numerical information such as an application essay, short answer responses, and an activities resume. Many components of the application including letters and a resume are optional, but applicants would be wise to include these components so that the admissions folks can make a more informed decision.

The most important pieces of a Baylor application is an 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.

To learn more about Baylor University including costs, financial aid, graduation rates, and popular majors, be sure to check out the Baylor University admissions profile.

If You Like Baylor University, You May Also Like These Schools:

If you're looking for a university with a religious mission, you might also consider Abilene Christian University and Houston Baptists University. Among private universities, applicants to Baylor University often consider Rice University, Duke University, and Vanderbilt University. Note that all three of these schools are considerably more selective than Baylor. When it comes to public universities, you might be interested in UT Austin, Texas Tech, and Texas State University.

Articles Featuring Baylor University:

Baylor's many strengths earned it a spot among our lists of top Texas colleges and universities and top South Central colleges and universities. The school's strong programs in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. On the athletic front, Baylor competes in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference.

Rejection and Wait List Data for Baylor University

Wait List and Rejection Data for Baylor University
Wait List and Rejection Data for Baylor University. Data Courtesy of Cappex

The graph at the top of this  article might lead an applicant to believe that an "A" average and above average SAT or ACT scores pretty much guarantees admission to Baylor University. However, when we strip away the blue and green data points that represent accepted students, we can see how many red (rejected students) and yellow (wait listed students) data points were hiding behind the accepted student data. 

There are, in fact, quite a few students with high grades and test scores that did not get into Baylor. This could happen for several reasons: a failure to take challenging courses in high school, missing core courses in one's high school curriculum, troubling letters of recommendation, a sloppy application essay, or failure to engage in meaningful extracurricular activities. Also keep in mind that some programs at Baylor have admissions requirements. For example, music and theatre majors must audition, and some of the science and engineering programs have higher GPA requirements than the university as a whole.