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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: A wide variety of housing is offered to upperclassmen, however, housing options are limited for incoming freshman that seek to live amongst fellow freshmen while also having a decently-sized living space.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: A little inconvenient if living on-campus.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: I don't have problems w/the policies enforced.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Hit or miss depending on your preferences.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Fine Arts LLC was great. No other experience.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Applying for financial aid was easy and the process went smoothly, but Baylor is extremely expensive and without a bank loan I wouldn't have been able to attend. I am grateful that Baylor was able to provide enough financial aid to cover half of my expenses, but the COA is $54,000. My suite-mate and I are getting the same amount of aid, yet his family makes four times the amount my family does. I wish Baylor would provide more need based scholarships for middle class families. In all, the process isn't very difficult everything is done online and is pretty much taken care of during orientation.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I loved living in Allen Residence Hall. Deciding to join the Leadership Living Learning Center was the best decision I made as a freshman. The hall was clean (compared to other residence halls), The room was spacious, and the people who lived on my floor provided a productive but friendly social atmosphere.

Walking into Allen Residence Hall one can easily note the cleanliness of the building. Despite its old carpet smell and slow-creaking elevator, the hall is nice and well kept. The community restrooms are clean, the halls don't have filth all over the carpet, and the kitchen is always clear of any messes. That is more than I can say for other residential halls at other colleges. My friends have told my horror stories of popcorn being thrown all over the hallway, mold in the community bathrooms, and exit signs being torn down and broken.

After visiting friends from other college campuses and residence halls I was very grateful for the spaciousness of my dorm. To enter the room you must slide your student ID and punch in your personal pass-code for the door to unlock. When you open the door you will first notice a miniature hallway that leads into the room. The hallway is enclosed by two sliding closets, one on each side. Making the perilous five step journey from the hallway into the room you notice the openness of the square floor plan. The room was able to hold two extended twin sized mattresses, two personal desks with three small shelves and a slide out compartment , two dressers with four large drawers, a hip high shelf, and a micro fridge. In addition, the room comfortably held thirteen people to watch movies and sporting events.

The community at Allen Residence Hall is better described as a family. We went on retreats, hung out together, and studied together. Friends turned to brothers and the hall truly became my home away from home.

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2 College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't party much. I've been to three parties all year and all of them weren't that great. I don't drink and going to these parties it seems like you have to get drunk in order to have a good time. I prefer to go to Wild West on Thursday nights to go dancing. Many of the fraternity parties offer a great opportunities to socialize with fraternity brothers and try to get a bid, but it is only useful if you plan to rush and I have no interest in rushing a fraternity.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a multitude of places to eat at within a mile of campus. At the gas station connected to campus there is a 24 hour subway that gives student discounts. Off of Speight Ave. there is a Jimmy Johns, Vitek's barbecue, Burger King (which gives a student discount), Scholtzskys, and they are building a Fuego. Under the bridge across the highway there is several fast food restaurants to go to. I tried to stay away from those as much as I can, but on the weekends Torchy's Tacos got the best of me. For dining restaurants you actually have to get on the highway. but Waco is small with minimal traffic so you can get anywhere in 10 to 15 minutes. The only complaint I have is that there aren't very many healthy off campus restaurants to eat at other than Subway.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Underage drinking and drug use is inevitable on a college campus, but Baylor does the best that they can to limit it. We have random room checks and the Community Leaders are always up doing rounds making sure people aren't under the influence or sneaking in any visitors. The attendance policy is strictly enforced especially in Chapel. In conclusion, the administration does a good job enforcing the policies, but as expected students aren't pleased with having a ton of rules.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is surprisingly decent compared to a high school cafeteria. There were many options and a variety of places to eat. I lived in Allen Residence Hall which is connected to Memorial Dining Hall. The quality of food is good, but eating the same things everyday become boring. Food that was excellent at the beginning of the semester became tasteless towards the end. Penland Dining Hall had a variety of food, but was sometimes hit or miss, especially when it was "late night". The SUB was amazing. I could eat Chick-fil-a and grab a caramel macchiato from Einsteins everyday if I had enough dining dollars. Overall, the quality was okay and there was a variety of places to eat at on campus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Although some of the buildings need to be remodeled, the social atmosphere is one of the best things about living in a dorm. I lived in Collins, which I loved. Sure, the community bathrooms sometimes get moldy and the dorm rooms are freezing, but I loved it. Kokernot, another girls dorm, is also nice. The best girls dorm would be South Russell, which was remodeled last year. In Collins we have a laundry room on each floor - there is a stove and community fridge inside. We also have a study room, which is so great!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus, but I did look for off-campus housing recently and it's pretty great. There are a ton of places nearby and most of them have a shuttle. The prices are reasonable, and can actually be a little cheaper than on-campus housing. You have to pay for parking at some places, at others it is included in the rent. I don't know if Baylor helps students find off-campus housing or not, because you can mostly get help through friends or upperclassmen. Off-campus housing is (usually) pretty safe.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have a good variety of options. I know Downtown Waco has a huge variety of places, including food trucks, but I've never been. Most places are incredibly full on Sundays after church.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Baylor's pretty strict. It is an alcohol- and smoke-free campus. However, underage students still drink. The administration is pretty good at making sure they're safe and giving them the consequences necessary. There are visitation hours in all of the dorms. Penland's fourth floor and Collins's sixth floor have limited visitation hours - members of the opposite sex are only allowed on Saturdays and Sundays from 1pm-6pm.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Baylor gives great scholarships. However, you need to try to get as many freshman scholarships as possible - once you're in, there's no way you'll get an increase in your scholarship unless you apply for another (mostly merit, sometimes need-based) scholarships. However, these are super competitive and mostly reserved for juniors and seniors.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Brooks is definitely one of my favorites, although the lack of variety is off-putting. I recommend it for breakfast or for a Brooks burger on Fridays! I enjoy Penland because they usually have a good variety. I love Wing Wednesdays and their chicken fried steak. If all else fails, eat some cereal. I don't really like Memorial because it's mostly comfort food, which can get old pretty quickly. I like their Flying Saucers and Ms. Mei's fresh baked cookies! East Village is a hit or miss. Sometimes they have incredible food, and other times the food is so bad that you really wonder how they're still open. The SUB is a good option - there's Chick Fil A, sushi, Panda Express and Mooya Burgers. I also enjoy the BSB, because I love Which Wich. Moe's at the BSB is good as well.

2 College Junior

Campus Housing: The room was tiny and I paid a ton

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: If you know someone in a fraternity or are a girl and can find the parties they are great.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many fast food restaurants available right across the high way but they get boring as well.

2 College Freshman

Administration: The police officers are complete and total jerks. Parking services look to ticket you for every little thing and there is little parking so it can be expected that one will get at least one ticket.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: I currently receive on scholarship from the school which is the President Gold Scholarship that I can use for four years while I am attending Baylor.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Penland food is a no go when looking for dining hall food. Memorial has great cookies and Ms. Mae is a wonderful lady who is incredibly nice. The stir fry and the pasta is good, but it can get old pretty quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Depending on what dorm you get put into will depend on your housing experience. I lived in Dawson in a single room and loved it. The dorm that you get will have varying experiences.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really do love Baylor.

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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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