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Baylor University

Baylor University

Baylor University, located in Waco, Texas, is a Christian University that includes Christian education along with academic subjects for the ultimate goal of preparing its students for a life of service and leadership. Established in 1845, it is one of the oldest universities in Texas.

Baylor provides an extensive selection of over 150 undergraduate degree programs in areas such as Visual and Performing Arts, Theater, Music, Biological Sciences, Business, Aviation Sciences, Journalism, Education, and many more subject areas. Baylor also offers over 75 master’s degrees and 30 doctoral programs.

While sound academic performance is the number one criteria for admission to Baylor, the university is also looking for well-rounded individuals that have demonstrated leadership in the community and classroom, and who have been involved in extracurricular activities. To learn more about Baylor admission requirements and the admission process you should contact an admissions counselor.

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Baylor offers a variety of institutional scholarships, but most student financial assistance comes in the form of federal aid from Pell Grants and Stafford loans. To apply for financial aid to help cover the cost of tuition, begin by completing a FAFSA form.

Even though academics is the core focus at Baylor, the university offers students over 200 clubs, honor societies, religious organizations, musical groups, and special interest groups, to ensure students not only receive a good education, but a well-rounded and enjoyable college experience.

As a Christian university, Baylor also emphasizes the importance of service. Through Baptist Ministry, mission trips, and other humanitarian projects, students are given the opportunity to get involved in the local community and serve others.

Baylor’s 800-acre campus is located due east of the historic section of downtown Waco, on the banks of the Brazos river.

Academics

Baylor University is composed of eleven academic units, denoted as schools or colleges. These include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Honors College
  • Hankamer School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Graduate School
  • Law School
  • Louise Herrington School of Nursing
  • School of Music
  • School of Social Work

Together, these academic units offer students a choice of over 150 undergraduate, 75 master’s, and 30 doctoral degree programs in business, education, engineering, computer science, law, nursing music, visual arts, and several other areas.

Baylor Online Degree Programs

At this time, Baylor University does not offer online degrees, courses, or distance learning programs at the undergraduate-level, and only a few graduate-level courses have an online option. The only exception is the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, located in Dallas, Texas, which does offer a few correspondence distance learning programs that can be partially completed online. If you’re interested in earning a degree online you can use the “Online College Degree Finder” feature in the upper right hand corner of this page to search for colleges that offer online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Rankings

Out of 262 national universities, U.S News & World Report ranked Baylor University 75th overall. The Princeton Review ranked Baylor a Best Western College, and the University was recently named a “Best Value in Private Colleges” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine.

Most recent reports indicate that Baylor’s acceptance rate is roughly 40% and that nearly three-fourths of each year’s incoming students graduate from high school in the top 25% of their class. In 2011, the average ACT score for inocming freshmen was 27, the average SAT Critical Reading score was 610, the average SAT Math score was 627, and the average SAT Writing score was 591.

The student-to-faculty ratio at Baylor is 14-to-1 and has an average undergraduate class size of 27 students. Nearly 90% of students attending Baylor receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, low interest student loans, or grants.

While established in 1845, Baylor did not become accredited and join the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools until 1914. The Baylor College of Medicine was accredited in 1970 by the same accrediting institution.

Graduate Rankings

Many of the graduate programs at Baylor, including its law, business, science, and education programs are all nationally accredited.

Images of Baylor Campus

Baylor University Campus

References:


“Methodology: Ranking Category Definitions”. U.S. News & World Report.

“Best Colleges 2011 – Baylor University”. U.S. News & World Report.

“Baylor Programs Ranked in U.S. News Grad School Survey”.

“Baylor University || Campus Living & Learning || Apartments”. Baylor.edu. 2010-08-13.

“BURLESON, RUFUS COLUMBUS | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)”. Tshaonline.org. 1964-08-20.

General Information

Admission Office
One Bear Place #97056
Waco, TX 76798-7056
(254) 710-3435
(800) 229-5678
Fax: (254) 710-3436
admissions@baylor.edu
Contact: Jennifer Carron
Director of Admissions Services
Main Address
One Bear Place
Waco, TX 76798
(254) 710-1011
www.baylor.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 12,162
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,062
Degree-seeking undergrads: 12,105
Graduate enrollment: 1,588

Setting
Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Residential campus
Degrees offered:
Bachelor’s
Master’s
Doctoral
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $50
Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 51%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 86%
Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Required
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 38,960
Percent Admitted: 40%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 20%
Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading
  • 560 (25th Percentile)
  • 660 (75th Percentile)
SAT Math
  • 570 (25th Percentile)
  • 680 (75th Percentile)
SAT Writing
  • 530 (25th Percentile)
  • 640 (75th Percentile)
ACT Composite
  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 29 (75th Percentile)
ACT English
  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 31 (75th Percentile)
ACT Math
  • 24 (25th Percentile)
  • 28 (75th Percentile)
ACT Writing
  • 7 (25th Percentile)
  • 8 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics


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Retention and Graduation Rates


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6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees


Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $24,645 $26,239 $28,070 $29,884 +6.46%
Books and Supplies $1,548 $1,634 $1,398 $1,398 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,306 $7,563 $7,971 $8,331 +4.52%
Other $3,880 $3,840 $3,882 $3,882 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $37,379 $39,276 $41,321 $43,495 +5.26%
In-state Off Campus $26,193 $27,873 $29,468 $31,282 +6.16%
In-state with Family $26,193 $27,873 $29,468 $31,282 +6.16%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $20,232
In-state Student Fees $2,070
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $20,232
Out-of-state Student Fees $2,070

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 2,888 95%
Grant or scholarship aid 2,835 93% $36,378,978 $12,832
• Federal grants 545 18% $2,363,994 $4,338
• Pell grants 543 18% $1,835,568 $3,380
• Other federal grants 526 17% $528,426 $1,005
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 934 31% $3,388,435 $3,628
Institutional scholarships or grants 2,808 92% $30,626,549 $10,907
Student loan financial aid 1,547 51% $13,038,207 $8,428
• Federal student loans 1,530 50% $8,579,915 $5,608
• Other student loans 309 10% $4,458,292 $14,428

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 2973 694 257 7
Architecture and Related Services 1
Architecture 1
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 9 2
American/United States Studies/Civilization 1 2
Asian Studies/Civilization 5
Latin American Studies 1
Slavic Studies 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 312 10 6
Biochemistry 45
Bioinformatics 7
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 205 7 2
Biomedical Sciences, General 3 4
Exercise Physiology 24
Neuroscience 31
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 849 195
Accounting 89 24
Business Administration and Management, General 105 143
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other 14
Business/Commerce, General 18
Business/Managerial Economics 60 8
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies 52
Fashion Merchandising 32
Finance, General 126
Financial Planning and Services 6
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General 30
Insurance 8
International Business/Trade/Commerce 43
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 14
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 164
Operations Management and Supervision 4
Real Estate 51
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 11
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other 22
Taxation 20
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 269 13
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia 74
Journalism 86 5
Radio and Television 4
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 105 8
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 86 16
Computer Science 20 10
Information Science/Studies 6
Information Technology 66
Education 149 88 6
Art Teacher Education 1
Chemistry Teacher Education 1
Curriculum and Instruction 24 5
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 65
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 1
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 7
Health Occupations Teacher Education 4
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration 17
Mathematics Teacher Education 13
Music Teacher Education 28
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 4 47
Social Studies Teacher Education 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other 10
Engineering 72 10
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 27 4
Engineering, General 3 3
Mechanical Engineering 42 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 46 10 6
English Language and Literature, General 33 10 6
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing 13
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 56 3
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 6
French Language and Literature 8
German Language and Literature 8
Linguistics 7
Russian Language and Literature 6
Spanish Language and Literature 21 3
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 281 91 42
Athletic Training/Trainer 5
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General 52 30
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 13
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 41
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other 73
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing 3
Nurse Midwife/Nursing Midwifery 3
Physical Therapy/Therapist 20
Physician Assistant 19
Pre-medicine/Pre-medical Studies 23
Public Health Education and Promotion 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 128
History 61 10
History, General 61 10
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 32
Forensic Science and Technology 32
Human Services, General 43 58
Public Administration 3
Social Work 40 58
Legal Studies, General 150
Law 150
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 7
Humanities/Humanistic Studies 7
Mathematics and Statistics 16 10 9
Applied Mathematics, General 6
Mathematics, General 8 6 4
Statistics, General 2 4 5
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 40 20 2
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 37 2 2
Museology/Museum Studies 3 9
Nutrition Sciences 9
Natural Resources and Conservation 14 5
Environmental Science 8 3
Environmental Studies 6 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 50 7
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 50 7
Physical Sciences 32 6 8
Chemistry, General 10 1 6
Geology/Earth Science, General 16 4
Physics, General 6 1 2
Psychology 136 15 6 7
Clinical Psychology 7 3
Educational Psychology 5 2
Psychology, General 136 3 1
School Psychology 7
Social Sciences 208 12 8
Anthropology 21
Archaeology 6
International Economics 1
International Relations and Affairs 75 4
Political Science and Government, General 79 3 4
Sociology 27 4 4
Theology and Religious Vocations 3 89 7
Divinity/Ministry 72
Religious/Sacred Music 3 4
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 13 7
Transportation and Materials Moving 10
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 10
Visual and Performing Arts 138 31
Acting 12 18
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 9
Conducting 2
Directing and Theatrical Production 1
Drama and Dramatics/Theater Arts, General 5
Fashion/Apparel Design 6
Fine/Studio Arts, General 44
Interior Design 20
Keyboard Instruments 4
Music History, Literature, and Theory 1 3
Music Pedagogy 2
Music Performance, General 25
Music Theory and Composition 3 3
Music, General 3
Technical Theater/Theater Design and Technology 8
Work and Family Studies 53
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 5
Human Development and Family Studies, General 29
Human Nutrition 19
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies
American Studies B
Asian Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Slavic Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Acting B
Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fashion Design B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Interior Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music History/Literature B
Music Pedagogy B
Music Theory/Composition B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Biochemistry B
Bioinformatics B
Biology B
Exercise Physiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing
Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Entrepreneurial Studies B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
Financial Planning B
Human Resources Management B
Insurance/Risk Management B
International Business B
Logistics/Materials Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Media business B
Real Estate B
Sales and Distribution B
Sports Sponsorship and Sales B

Communications & Journalism
Communications/Rhetoric B
Digital Communications/Multimedia B
Journalism B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B

Education
Early Childhood Education B
Education – General B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Health Occupations Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Recreation B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B

Engineering
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Mechanical Engineering B

English Language & Literature
English Composition B
English Language & Literature – General B

Family & Consumer Sciences
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Human Development/Family Studies B
Human Nutrition B

Foreign Language & Literature
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages B
Classics B
French B
German B
Greek, Ancient B
Latin B
Linguistics B
Russian B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Communication Disorders B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prenursing B

History
History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Humanities B

Mathematics
Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Museum Studies B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation
Environmental Science B
Environmental Studies B
Forestry – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical Fitness B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Physics B

Psychology
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services
Public Administration B
Social Work B

Social Sciences
Anthropology B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations
Religious/Sacred Music B

Transportation & Materials Moving
Airline – Commercial Pilot/Flight Crew B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.


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