Athletics

Location
Waco, TX
Undergrads
12,615
Tuition
$33,716
Admission Difficulty
Average
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5 College Sophomore

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

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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

Athletics: This has only been my first year here at baylor and by coincidence it just so happens to be the same year where our football team has been one of the best college teams in the nation so I would assume that the athletics here are doing pretty damn good.

5 College Senior

Athletics: BAYLOR LOVES THEIR SPORTS. The city of Waco comes to a complete halt on Football Saturday.

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: Everyone on campus generally appreciates Baylor Athletics

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 50th
    Most Active Varsity Sports
  • 186th
    Best Intramural Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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Collegiate athletics in Texas are huge—period. Football is the reigning king of the South; everyone knows someone who went on to play professional ball, completing the two degrees of separation that Baylor is famous for. Competing for a close second in popularity are basketball and baseball. When home games roll around, especially if Baylor is playing a rival school (pretty much anyone), the stands are packed. It’s easy to get to the stadiums and arenas even if you don’t own a car, because chances are one hundred of your closest friends are all going, and even if they weren’t, there’s a trolley service.

The biggest advantage to living in a state that revolves around sports, is that on the slow weekends when everyone stays in town, you have something to do. The school is small enough that you’ll have classes with the heroes on the field, making it more personal to cheer for your friends rather than just another jersey. Attending a sporting event, especially if it’s football, is an all-day affair. Fans, alumni, and Greek chapters do tailgate parties, and it’s a Baylor tradition to storm the field, rip down the goal post, and carry it to the front lawn of the SUB if we win. Since the summer of 2003, the Baylor athletic department has undergone an overhaul and the changes are already marked. There really aren’t any drawbacks to having great fans and close games except when we compete against rival schools, but even then Baylor’s true colors shine through, because her fans still taunt and play within their moderate Baptist bounds.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conferences
Football: Big Twelve Conference
Basketball: Big Twelve Conference
School Colors
Green and gold
School Nickname
Bears
Men Playing Varsity Sports
221 - 4%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 4%
Students Receiving Athletic Financial Aid
Football: 81
Basketball: 25
Baseball: 30
Cross Country/Track: 48
Other Sports: 121
Graduation Rates of Athletic Financial Aid Recipients
Football: 64%
Basketball: 57%
Baseball: 57%
Cross Country/Track: 62%
Other Sports: 60%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Baseball
  • Crew
  • Cycling
  • Fencing
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Racquetball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Taekwondo
  • Triathlon
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Waterskiing
Intramurals
  • Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Flag football
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Allison Indoor Practice Facility
  • Baylor Ballpark
  • Baylor Tennis Center
  • Bear Park
  • Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field
  • BSB Fields
  • Challenge Course
  • Edgefield
  • Ferrell Center
  • Floyd Casey Stadium
  • Getterman Stadium
  • Gray's Gym & Strength Center
  • Hart-Patterson Track Complex
  • Marina Recreation Center
  • Marrs McLean Gym
  • McLane Student Life Center (SLC)
  • Minglewood Bowl
  • Russell Gym
  • Simpson Center Weight Room
  • Twin Rivers & Bailey Golf Course
  • Willis Family Equestrian Center
Most Popular Sports
Baseball, basketball, and football.
Most Overlooked Teams
Tennis, cross country, and track.
School Spirit
In terms of athletics, school spirit is very high, especially when competing against other teams in the state of Texas. In-state rivalry is huge between Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Baylor falls into the underdog category in the Big 12, and everyone loves to see an upset. Homecoming is usually against Texas Tech, and students turn out en masse for the bonfire and parade. The stands are the most packed at that time of year, with alumni flooding in from everywhere. In regular season football games, the stands never look very packed compared to other schools (our student body just doesn't have the numbers to draw from like state schools), but students definitely do their best to show up in green and gold regalia and scream until they're hoarse. Current students and alumni alike are known to viciously defend and praise Baylor, which can sometimes be the butt of jokes due to its Christian tradition. But this does not phase a true "Baylor Bear." Generally, students are very supportive of each other's endeavors, because the school is small enough that everyone is family, and if one succeeds, we all do.
Getting Tickets
Tickets for students are free. Show up where the event takes place, and your ID will be swiped-it's all part of your student fees. For non-students to buy tickets, go to the SUB ticket office or to the arena or stadium where the event is located. Typically they are not too expensive ($10-$15).
Best Place to Take a Walk
The Bear Trail (2.5 mile perimeter of campus). Also any trails in Cameron Park.
Did You Know?
  • The Lady Bears women's basketball team is a frequent Sweet 16 competitor and won the NCAA National Championship in 2004.
  • Men's Tennis won the NCAA National Championship Title in 2004.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 156 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 9% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 75% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 16% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 149 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 15% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 62% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 23% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 151 responses

  • 1% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 5% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 69% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 26% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

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