Diversity

Location
Waco, TX
Undergrads
12,615
Tuition
$33,716
Admission Difficulty
Average
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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 Senior

Diversity: Like I said before, Baylor is a Baptist University and in order to accept a scholarship from the school you must agree to withhold traditional Christian values (at least until you leave), case in point Britney Griner. There are a vast majority of conservatives that will tell you why it is wrong to be LGBT or the like, and there are people here who ask to pray over you if they see you out drinking a beer. It is the South and very Texas. Diversity is a joke here.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Campus is very diverse in every aspect, including religious

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Campus diversity is very high, I have multiple friends who speak different languages and hail from different countries.

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Christian and Conservative, rich, white folk

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Teni Odunsi
Hometown
San Antonio, TX
Major
Environmental Studies
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Baylor is not known for its religious or racial diversity. That’s not to say there isn’t any, but what is there is definitely limited. This can be a huge drawback if you come here looking for a lot of diversity, political activism, or differences in opinion on political issues. While the “Christian agenda” isn't always evident, it will become quite apparent as soon as you're pushing an idea that goes against Baptist ideology.

It’s easy to find a niche here. Within a year, you’ll recognize about half the campus. Within three, you’ve pretty much got the whole place nailed down, even if it’s only knowing the faces. Baylor has the “two degrees of separation.” Everyone knows everyone, even if they don’t know that they know them. When the diversity is really low on campus, at least you get predictability. The biggest problem in asking about diversity on a non-diversified campus is that you’ll get some skewed opinions, because seventy-five percent of the people you’re asking are white middle class citizens. Generally though, everyone recognizes that there is very little diversity. Fortunately, most people here are incredibly giving and welcoming in spite of religious and racial differences, and there is an abundance of clubs and organizations on campus to gladly accept new members. All bets are off, however, when it comes to homosexuality and members of other sexual minorities. There is still a level of discrimination against them at Baylor.

Facts & Statistics

African American
8%
Asian
6%
Hispanic
13%
International
3%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
0%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
26%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Foreign countries
  • Louisiana
  • Oklahoma
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 40%
20-21: 36%
22-24: 14%
25+: 10%
Female Faculty
38%
Male Faculty
62%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 2%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 3%
International: 3%
Native American: 0%
White: 88%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
It’s incredibly low. Being a conservative, Republican, Baptist University, if you’re looking for tolerance, go somewhere else. If you’re really interested, read about Matt Bass. There is a significant gay community here and a group that supports them: Baylor Freedom. Baylor University does not sanction any of their actions or even their existence. You’ll find a lot of open-mindedness among small circles of friends and the social work majors. Of course, there are exceptions, but as a general rule, the school and its student body are intolerant.
Political Activity
There are a few political groups on campus such as Baylor Democrats, College Republicans, the Federalist Society, and Young Conservatives of Texas. If you call someone here a conservative, chances are you’re giving them a huge compliment. The majority of students are proud Republicans and even prouder Texans. There is some political diversity, but don’t count on it being very loud, and even if it were, there is the entire student body to shut it up.
Economic Status
As Baylor's endowment increases, more students with less economic means are able to enjoy Baylor's resources and great education. The majority of the students, though, are upper-middle class.
Most Common Religions
Baptist, Catholic
Minority Clubs on Campus
There are plenty of clubs on campus, and they are listed on the Web site as “special interest.” They range from the Hispanic Student Association to the Indian Subcontinent Student Association. If you’re a minority and worry about finding a club, don’t. There are plenty, and they are a visible force. The Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity puts on a step-show to raise money for charity every year. There’s also the Chinese Student Association among others.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 120 responses

  • 10% Libertarian
  • 11% Not sure
  • 5% Very conservative
  • 28% Conservative
  • 28% Moderate
  • 17% Liberal
  • 2% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 120 responses

  • 1% Libertarian
  • 27% Very conservative
  • 47% Conservative
  • 15% Moderate
  • 10% Not sure
  • 1% Liberal
  • 0% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 119 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 119 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 120 responses

  • 8% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 12% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 46% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 33% Very accepting.

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