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4 College Freshman

Academics: Most of the professor's I've had and lecture's I've attended have been very interesting. The lecturer's are very passionate about their topic and so are most of the professors.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Teachers passionate about their work

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3 College Sophomore

Academics: The registration process is really nice. The study areas around campus are fantastic.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: If you want to learn and have a big workload this is the place to be. Will advance you for your future.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Bio-pre med gives you a lot of opportunities to volunteer and get internships. However, the courses can be tough and a hard workload so be ready.

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When it comes to academics, the old cliché, "You get what you pay for," most encompasses Baylor's mentality. The biggest complaint from students working toward a Bachelor of Science is that they feel like there's too much emphasis placed on research, and for the most part, everyone feels that the teaching assistants are completely useless. In the Bachelor's of Arts program, you know your professors are doing some kind of research since it's a publish or perish world, but good luck actually catching one in the act. All-in-all the professors are approachable, reasonable, and if you've taken an interest in them and their work, they return the favor.

Waco is a small town. Students run into their professors all over the place. They all shop in the same mall and go to the same movie theaters. The relationship this fosters between students and professors says a lot about the family environment at Baylor. When you mix academics with personal relationships, the combination makes for a much higher standard of work. There are of course, some classes which you'll feel are completely useless, and the size of Waco can also be a drawback. In general, the biggest advertisement of your successful academic career can be characterized by a smooth transition and integration into the town and the school. By coming to Baylor, you've just married an ideology and gained 13,000 in-laws. Baylor is much more about making connections and networking, and since everyone hates a nasty divorce, a student with moderate grades and the right attitude can go just as far as an introvert with a 4.0 GPA.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
15:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
891
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
205
Total FT Faculty
896
Faculty with Terminal Degree
81%
Average Faculty Salary
$82,704
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
75%
Programs/Majors Offered
129
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 47%
  • 20 to 49 students: 44%
  • 50 or more students: 9%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Business
  • School of Computer Science and Engineering
  • School of Education
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • School of Social Work
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 3%
  • Law: 2%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 2%
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Best Places to Study
  • Common Grounds Coffeehouse
  • Dorm study rooms are usually a little noisier than the library but quieter than your dorm room and with fewer distractions
  • IHOP
  • Jesse Jones Library
  • Moody Library (first and third floors)
Tips to Succeed
  • Ask questions in class.
  • Fight like mad against a bad grade.
  • Go to class-there is a 75 percent attendance policy.
  • If a class you have to have to graduate isn't offered or has a time conflict, you can petition to take another one in its place that still fulfils your requirements.
  • Make friends with your professors-it's easy, and they will recommend what classes and who to take in your major field of study.
  • Mix your tough classes with your easy ones-never double up.
  • Pay attention to rumors concerning classes-they're usually right.
  • Pull all-nighters with company-they'll help you stay awake.
  • Surf the BIN before you decide to come here-the students there are honest.
  • Take your electives and HPs pass/fail-unless you need the GPA booster.
  • Wait until you're a sophomore or junior to Rush.
Did You Know?
  • Second floor of Moody Library hosts a 24-hour "dedicated noisy section" and group study suites, which you can check out with your school ID. Another great place to study is the International House of Pancakes right across the street from campus. The noise in the background is easy to drown out, and unless it's really busy, they'll let you have a booth at the back all to yourself with an endless supply of coffee.
  • On a Thursday in the spring of every year, Baylor has an all-University play day called Diadeloso. The literal Spanish translation is "day of the bear." This day off from classes started in 1931 and includes tons of food, fun, and activities such as a guest hypnotist, a step-show performance, video game tournaments, intramural contests, and even blow-up fun with a moon-walk.
  • Baylor begins every year for incoming students with Welcome Week, which consists of an orientation and a meet-and-greet on moving day. Welcome Week also sets up upperclassmen-guided tours for freshmen and transfer students to show them around campus, discuss different aspects of life at Baylor, and educate students on the various social, religious, and athletic functions of campus life. A lot of life-long friends are met and made at Welcome Week.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 32 responses

  • 15% Drayton McLane Jr. - owner of the Houston Astros
  • 11% Mike Singletary - former NFL player, coach
  • 9% Bob Bullock - lieutenant governor of Texas
  • 9% Michael Johnson - Olympic track star
  • 7% William Sessions - director of the FBI
  • 5% John Lee Hancock - director of the Alamo
  • 5% Robert Griffin III
  • 1% Jody Conradt - University of Texas women's basketball coach
  • 1% Jason Jennings - former MLB pitcher
  • 1% Jeff Dunham
  • 1% Robert Griffin III- Football star
  • 1% Robert Griffin III - Redskins QB
  • 1% Robert Griffin III - Washington Redskins QB
  • 1% Britney Griner - Phoenix Mercury WNBA player
  • 1% Robert Griffin
  • 1% Jeff Dunham - comedian and ventriloquist
  • 1% Michael Johnson - four time Olympic gold medalist
  • 1% Angela Kinsey - Emmy Award winning actress
  • 1% Anh "Joseph" Cao - 1st vietnamese congress member
  • 1% Sophia Young - three time WNBA All star

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 122 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 115 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 25 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 24 responses

  • 33% This was my dream school.
  • 62% This was one of my top choices.
  • 4% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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