Big 12 Conference Schools

From Iowa to Texas, the Big 12 Conference Dominates the Central U.S.

For students who want the experience of a big research university with NCAA Division I athletics, the Big 12 is worth a close look. Each of these universities offers a wide range of academic and athletic opportunities. Admissions criteria vary widely, so you may want to dig deeper into the profile for each school for average ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rates and financial aid information. For direct comparisons of the students they admit, see the Big 12 SAT chart and the Big 12 ACT chart.

The Big 12 Conference is part of the Football Bowl Subdivision of the NCAA's Division I. You may also want to explore the schools in the other top conferences: ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | Pac 10 | SEC

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Baylor University
Baylor University. genvessel / Flickr

Baylor is the most selective university in the Big 12 with an acceptance rate of 44 percent. Its preprofessional programs, especially business, are among the most popular with undergraduates.

  • Location: Waco, Texas
  • School type: Private, Baptist affiliation
  • Enrollment: Over 16,000 (14,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Bears
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the Baylor University admissions profile.

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Iowa State University
Iowa State University. SD Dirk / Flickr

Like the University of Colorado at Boulder, Iowa State University at Ames is a member of the Association of American Universities. The university has particular strengths in the sciences, engineering, and agriculture.

  • Location: Ames, Iowa
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: over 34,000 (over 28,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cyclones
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the Iowa State University admissions profile.

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University of Kansas
University of Kansas. RichieC / Flickr

Along with its excellent athletic programs, the University of Kansas at Lawrence wins high marks for both its high-level research and the quality of student life.

  • Location: Lawrence, Kansas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: Over ​27,000 (over 19,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Jayhawks
  • Explore the Campus: KU Photo Tour
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the University of Kansas admissions profile.

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Kansas State University
Kansas State University. Kevin Zollman / Flickr

Kansas State University takes pride in its high number of Rhodes, Marshall, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall scholars. For programs in technology and aviation, students can attend the branch campus in Salina, Kansas.

  • Location: Manhattan, Kansas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: ​Over 24,000 (over 20,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the Kansas State University admissions profile.

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University of Oklahoma Stadium
University of Oklahoma Stadium. Majdan / Flickr

The University of Oklahoma at Norman enrolls an impressive number of National Merit Scholars, and it graduates a significant number of Rhodes Scholars. The university's quality of life and strong academics have earned it high marks for value.

  • Location: Norman, Oklahoma
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: ​Over 27,000 (over 20,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Sooners
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the University of Oklahoma admissions profile.

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Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University. DBinfo / Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma State University's School of Business draws more students than any of the other schools at the university. Students with good grades and a strong work ethic should check out OSU's Honors College.

  • Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: Over ​25,000 ( over 20,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Cowboys
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the Oklahoma State University admissions profile.

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University of Texas, Austin, Tower
University of Texas, Austin, Tower. Silly Jilly / Flickr

The University of Texas at Austin is one of the top public universities in the country, and with over 50,000 students, it is also one of the largest. The McCombs School of Business is particularly strong.

  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: Over 51,000 (over 39,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Longhorns
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the University of Texas at Austin admissions profile.

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Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University. adamr.stone / Flickr

Texas Christian is strong academically -- the university has a 14 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and the student-teacher interaction is valued highly. For its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, TCU was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Recent years have seen lots of campus construction, renovations and upgrades.

  • Location: Fort Worth, Texas
  • School type: Private, Christian Church
  • Enrollment: Over 10,000 (over 8,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Horned Frogs
  • For admissions and financial data, see the Texas Christian admissions profile.

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Texas Tech University
Texas Tech University. finna dat / Flickr

With its attractive Spanish architecture, Texas Tech's 1,839-acre campus is one of the largest in the country. The university is far more than a tech school; in fact, of all of Texas Tech's Colleges, Arts and Sciences has the highest undergraduate enrollments.

  • Location: Lubbock, Texas
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: Over 35,000 (over 28,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Red Raiders
  • For ACT and SAT scores, acceptance rate, costs, financial aid, and other information, visit the Texas Tech admissions profile.

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West Virginia University
West Virginia University. kimberlyfaye / Flickr

West Virginia University, the flagship campus of the state university system, offers 185 degree programs, and the school was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Highly motivated students who are looking for smaller and more challenging classes should check out the WVU Honors College.

  • Location: Morgantown, West Virginia
  • School type: Public
  • Enrollment: Over 29,000 (over 22,000 undergraduates)
  • Team: Mountaineers
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs, and other information see the West Virginia University admissions profile