Baylor University

3,688 reviews
  1. Waco, TX
  2. 4 Year
A
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    B
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B
Baylor University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Baptist
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-A
Athletic Conference
Big Twelve Conference
Address
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
Website

Baylor University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
55%
SAT Range
1130-1330
ACT Range
24-30
Application Fee
$50
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$34,900/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $26,449/ year
  • $30-48k
    $28,106/ year
  • $49-75k
    $30,446/ year
  • $76-110k
    $32,989/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,516/ year

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
15:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
91%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.235 responses
60%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.242 responses
52%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.241 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
13,613Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
2%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
4%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 147 responses
Report
  • Goal-oriented
    24%
  • Genuine
    21%
  • Mission-Minded
    15%
  • Open and nice
    12%
  • Religious
    12%
  • Ring-by-spring
    8%
  • Fratty
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
99%
Poll
52%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.305 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.357 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 161 responses
Report
  • Proud
    17%
  • Traditional
    16%
  • Incredible
    14%
  • Amazing, Safe, incredible, it's Gods school!
    14%
  • Unique
    12%
  • Amazing
    12%
  • Professional
    5%

After Baylor University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$49,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
72%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.159 responses

Reviews

3,688 reviews
  • Excellent
    785
  • Very Good
    1312
  • Average
    1288
  • Poor
    207
  • Terrible
    96
Baylor's great professors and resources have helped me get to where I am in the professional world. Dormitories are relatively new, but nearby off-campus housing is a more affordable option. Dining halls provide good food and many options. I've always felt safe on campus.

Many students come from small Texas towns where they were never exposed to anything outside of their small communities. However, the rising number of out-of-state students enrolling could change that. It is difficult to be engaged in campus life w/o Greek Life especially if that aspect of college does not interest you.

The resources that Baylor offers outweighs the poor student life at the University. Despite not finding my place at the university, I've developed meaningful relationships with my professors and mentors. I RECOMMEND choosing Baylor University, but only if you are ambitious and truly desire professional success.

Hope this helps anyone looking into being a Baylor Bear. Sic Em!
  • Alum
  • 2 months ago
About 50% of girls join sororities and probably about 20% join frats. Greek life at Baylor is very unique from other schools in the fact that it's not all about partying(and to some of you maybe that could be good or bad!) and there is not too much rivalry (except when it comes to Sing and Float!). I wouldn't say joining Greek life is vital, but it has given me so many opportunities to meet people I never would have met if I didn't join. There's so many fun events/mixers/service opportunities, and you get to participate in Sing and and float, which are some of Baylors biggest traditions on campus. It comes with a pricetag, but there are many scholarships available to those with financial need. I would highly recommend considering joining a Greek orgization. You will gain so many friendship, and be able to get involved on campus in a much bigger way! There is a place for everyone, and honestly there is no bad sororities or frats on campus.
  • College Sophomore
  • 7 months ago
Baylor's pride and school spirit is unlike any other university I've been to! We have a huge support system and everyone is at all of the football and basketball games, and our teams of all sorta are highly ranked and super fun to watch. Not to mention over 50% of students participate in intramurals which range in everything from quiditch to dodgeball! There's a lot of opportunities. The new football stadium is beautiful and running the line during football games is one of the most memorable things about freshman year! The SLC is the facility for students to workout and it is huge! For a better description, look at Baylor's website, but it has everything.
  • College Sophomore
  • 7 months ago