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Reviews 2449 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of healthy options near our campus so, eating healthy is very hard.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: The recreation and classroom facilities are all top notch.

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: The diversity of campus life has improved in the last decade or so.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on or near campus. Incidents happen but not frequently.

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5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I found a great apartment through Bear Cribs. It seems like everyone at Baylor uses that website to find apartments and houses.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Baylor has policies that can be a little annoying but they aren't enforced very often.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Waco has several unique restaurants that are popular with Baylor students.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: A Baylor education makes students competitive with any other college graduate for jobs.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Waco has become a student friendly city in the last decade.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: You'll find every type of person at Baylor University.

2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Fraternities and sororities are just a small part of the college experience here.

3 College Sophomore

Weather: Texas summers can be difficult but you don't have to deal with harsh winters.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Baylor sports are among the best in the country every year.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Scholarships are given out to pretty much anyone that does well on the SAT. However, even then it sometimes cannot be enough.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Recently, varsity sports on campus has actually been good and students love it. It plays a major role in the campus atmosphere. Intramural sports are also pretty big because a lot of students are athletic and it shows.

4 College Freshman

Academics: I really love the programs I'm in here. Professors are awesome if you are in the BIC and if you choose the right ones. They are usually pretty nice and care about the students.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The weather can be bipolar sometimes but for most of the time it doesn't really effect anything.

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: The locals hate Baylor students to say the least. Most of them think of the students as entitled. Waco is also a poor area to begin with so the local atmosphere can reflect that.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Transportation could be improved for out-of-state students. The closest airport that students use is in Dallas which can be incredibly inconvenient.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Off-campus dining is great if you have a car! There are many great options to choose from and lots of great local places. Cost is pretty much average from what you would expect from a restaurant.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much of a nightlife even though there are some bars for college students around the area. Most parties are thrown by the greek life.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Campus dining is okay. The food can become monotonous and the taste gets worse and worse as the year goes on. However, it is better than average from other universities I have been to.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: It's pretty bad. I had to go out and find other people that were different than me and the norm. It can be a daunting task. There are very small populations of diverse students and they usually stay within their own friend group.

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: So far I've enjoyed my experience at Baylor by getting involved with the right organizations and making friends with the right people. However, I am disappointed in the lack of diversification and ideologies.

2 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Academic policies are strict, which is a good thing. However, Baylor dictates the social lives of many students by multiple rules and punishments especially concerning alcohol and parties.


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Teni Odunsi
San Antonio, TX
Environmental Studies
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When polling immediate post-graduation opinions, it's pretty common to hear "Happiness is seeing Waco in the rearview mirror." However, most students are relatively satisfied with their time at Baylor after nostalgia has set in. That nostalgia seems to be proportionate to the amount of time they've spent out of school, but before long, the newly-made alumni have nothing but rosy stories and donations to share. Their bad experiences fall under the omerta code of silence. For four years, at least, count on being frustrated with the social scene, overloaded with classes, poor, and running on no sleep and caffeine. The friends you make by going through that become your family and are there for life. It's all part of the college experience.

The odd thing is, an unusual amount of graduates, despite their protests, never leave Waco. Baylor family feels kin to the mob because just when you thought you were out, they suck you back in. It's blood in, blood out, and if you hate it enough, you'll leave before you're in too deep. The family environment really does seep through. Everywhere you go, especially if it's in Texas, the Baylor degree is recognized, and the school itself is well known for networking. Bears stick together and hire together. In spite of some negative experiences and living in a monotonous town for four years, if you stumble or fall in life you can count on a Baylor grad being there to pick you up and bleed green and gold.

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