Baylor University Admissions

Baylor Acceptance Rate, SAT Scores, Financial Aid, and More

Baylor University
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With an acceptance rate of 44 percent, Baylor has a selective admissions process. However, students with good grades and high test scores have a decent chance of being admitted. Along with an application, students must submit SAT or ACT scores, and a high school transcript. Recommended supplements to the application include a resume, letters of recommendation, and short answer responses. These questions are outlined on Baylor's website, and focus on why the student is interested in Baylor.

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Admissions Data (2016)

Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile

Baylor University Description

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist Church. Founded in 1845, the university tends to rank among the top 100 colleges and universities in the country. Baylor is proud of its 145 areas of study and 300 student organizations. The school's many pre-professional programs are popular among undergraduates, and the business school has the highest enrollments. Academics are supported by a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 27. On the athletic front, the Baylor Bears compete in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference. The university fields seven men's and ten women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 16,959 (14,348 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $42,006
  • Books: $1,444 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,754
  • Other Expenses: $3,970
  • Total Cost: $59,174

Baylor University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 44%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $20,428
    • Loans: $12,264

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communication Studies, Forensic Science, Journalism, Marketing, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Fashion Merchandising, Biochemistry, Elementary Education
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Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 89%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 58%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 74%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Tennis, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Track and Field, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Equestrian, Basketball, Track and Field, Soccer, Tennis, Softball, Volleyball, Gymnastics

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics