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If you want to know more about Baylor University, such as what majors does it offer, how diverse it is, how well it ranks, and more, this is your one-stop resource. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Baylor University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Baylor University was awarded 98 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Baylor as #153 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation.

Baylor is also ranked #7 out of 85 schools in Texas.

See all of the rankings for Baylor University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Baylor?

Acceptance Rate

Baylor University has an acceptance rate of 39%, which means the school is serious about who it admits. Take your time in putting together a strong application that highlights why you are a good fit for Baylor.

Average Test Scores

About 36% of students accepted to Baylor submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 600 and 680. Math scores were between 590 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Baylor University  ( 600 to 680 )

SAT Math Scores for Baylor University  ( 590 to 680 )
Baylor received ACT scores from 64% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 26 and 31.

ACT Composite Scores for Baylor University  ( 26 to 31 )

Learn more about Baylor University admissions.

Baylor University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, Baylor University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Baylor University is 78%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  78 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Baylor University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Baylor University has a freshmen retention rate of 90%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Baylor the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 54%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  54 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Baylor University.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Baylor

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,108 undergraduates at Baylor with 13,906 being full-time and 202 being part-time.

Baylor Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 91.52 out of 100, Baylor is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  91.52 out of 100
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How Much Does Baylor University Cost?

The overall average net price of Baylor is $32,601. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Baylor

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$24,220 $25,887 $28,185 $32,628 $40,716

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Baylor, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Baylor, approximately 47% of students took out student loans averaging $11,254 a year. That adds up to $45,016 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Baylor is 3.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Baylor Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Baylor make around $51,600 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Baylor graduates since it is 30% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Baylor University make the most money.

Location of Baylor University

Baylor University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Waco, Texas. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Location of Baylor University

Contact details for Baylor are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 254-710-1011

Baylor University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from Baylor University. Of these students, 3,798 received undergraduate degrees and 1,164 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 264 $63,200
General Biology 233 $24,800
Accounting 232 $59,500
Marketing 191 $45,300
Business Administration & Management 159 $48,700
Finance & Financial Management 153 $56,300
Communication & Media Studies 139 $33,900
Health/Medical Prep Programs 137 $26,000
Management Information Systems 128 $61,800
Health & Physical Education 108 $27,100

Learn more about the majors offered at Baylor University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Baylor

Online courses area a great option for busy, working students as well as for those who have scheduling conflicts and want to study on their own time. As time goes by, expect to see more and more online learning options become available.

In 2017-2018, 935 students took at least one online class at Baylor University. This is an increase from the 642 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 935 415
2016-2017 642 241
2015-2016 215 215
2014-2015 147 147
2013-2014 29 29

Learn more about online learning at Baylor University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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