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Want the scoop on Baylor University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Baylor offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. If you're interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is Baylor University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Baylor University was awarded 102 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is business, management and marketing.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Baylor is ranked #153 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Baylor held the #172 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Baylor also holds the #7 spot on the Best Colleges in Texas ranking.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Baylor?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Baylor University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 39%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

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 )

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Baylor University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Baylor University, this ratio is 14 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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

The freshmen retention rate of 90% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Baylor University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  90 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Baylor for first-time, full-time students is 54%, which is better than 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 14,316 undergraduates at Baylor with 14,100 being full-time and 216 being part-time.

Baylor Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Baylor with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $51,600 in their early years. That's great news for Baylor students 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

Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is a private not-for-profit institution. The city atmosphere of Waco makes it a great place for students who enjoy having lots of educational and entertainment options.

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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 learning is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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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