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4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: There is always things to do and provides opportunities to help students succeed

5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Campus is beautiful, and the donations because of football are enabling a TON of new renovations and new buildings.

The lawns are always muddy.

Walking all over is a pain.

Lots of places to study and eat.

Lots of places to be alone which is nice.

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3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are many libraries which have study areas inside them. We have one preforming arts building which has many different stages and they have tons of concerts, plays, etc every week/month. We have a few gyms and we just recently had a new stadium built.

3 College Senior

Campus Quality: There are lots of campus events and traditions that are available for students who want to get plugged in the university life.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The campus is beautiful. Landscaping is professional and it makes you feel good to walk around campus. Lots of grass to sit outdoors and relax. Very clean.

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With all the new buildings and upgrades going on in the school's attempt to reach the Vision 2012, it's amazing that Baylor public relations hasn't started sending out brochures that look like advertisements to a five-star resort. The list of amenities reads like a vacation on a cruise ship, and unfortunately, more-and-more universities have to sell themselves to their prospective students based on extracurricular accommodations. But if we are going to judge universities on the facilities they provide, then Baylor definitely gets five stars because what the town lacks in atmosphere, the school makes up for in service. Short of having a butler bring up your dinner and keeping a personal assistant in-tow, Baylor really has gone above and beyond to offer students state-of-the-art facilities.

In general, the school really does its best to give students a variety of activities to choose from. The facilities all cater to this goal, but sometimes it just doesn't matter because you get sick of doing all the same stuff over and over again. Most students that go to the SLC are workout junkies or just bored. Common Grounds is a pretty neat, hip little coffee shop, but it stays packed. The SUB, where you can bowl, shoot pool, play foosball, and just waste some time if you're broke or under twenty-one, is actually one of the least-used resources. The SLC is open until midnight, Common Grounds is right across the street from campus, the environment in the SUB is pretty mellow, and there is almost always some kind of event going on; you've just got to look for it.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
735 acres
Student Centers
Student Life Center (SLC)
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • Armstrong Browning Library
  • Jesse Jones Library
  • Moody Memorial Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Bill Daniel Student Center, a.k.a. the Student Union Building (SUB)
  • Collins Dining Hall
  • Common Grounds
Bar on Campus
None. The closest one is Scruffy Murphy's, just four blocks away.
Bowling on Campus
Lanes are in the basement of the Student Union Building (SUB).
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Atrium Cafe on the first floor of the Baylor Science Building.
  • Javacity on the garden level of Moody Library
  • Starbucks in the Dutton Parking Garage
School Slang
  • Basics: Set course load of basic classes that everyone has to take before getting started on classes that actually pertain to your major.
  • BSB: Baylor's new state-of-the-art Science Building. It has four floors which house classes ranging from Geology to Leadership Development. It's generally quiet, making the couches on the first floor a great place to study, use a computer, or relax and grab a drink at the Atrium Cafe between classes.
  • Fratland: An area on the southeast edge of campus where for several blocks in all directions there is nothing but student housing. Mostly run-down homes built in the 1930s, count on finding wild parties here, because no one really cares if the property is destroyed.
  • GhettoHEB: Pronounced "ghettoheeb," this is the nickname for the HEB grocery store just a few blocks from campus.
  • Hankamer High: Nickname for all the business school students since it is such a popular major.
  • Lifegroup: Antioch, a local church, sponsors lifegroup meetings during the week that are led by a lifegroup leader. A time for praise, worship, and prayer, it's big on Baylor because a lot of students attend the church.
  • MRS degree: The phenomenon of Baylor girls being engaged before graduation and married shortly after. Referred to as the change from Ms. to Mrs. Also a term used to identify a certain kind of girl.
  • Resnet: Campus Internet forum, program, and technicians.
  • Rocks for Jocks: A geology class generally considered a "blow-off class" that students take as an elective to boost their GPA.
  • SLC: Short for the Student Life Center on campus where all the workout equipment, racquetball courts, Olympic-sized pool, basketball courts, and 50 foot climbing wall are found.
  • Stu-fu: Nickname for students who participate in the Student Foundation.
  • SUB: Pronounced "sub." Short for Student Union Building, where the student post office is located along with the student activities council, cafeteria, and Dr Pepper on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • The Tower: The administrative building on the other side of I-35 from campus, where students take care of financial aid, registration and other administrative technicalities. The "tower" is short for Clifton-Robinson Tower. Don't ever go to the tower expecting to be in-and-out. No matter how together your financial aid package is, something will be lost or incomplete. More than one student has been escorted out of the Tower by security for losing their cool. Don't fret; you're not alone.
  • Walk: When students "get a walk," it means a professor either didn't show up for class and after waiting the requisite 10 minutes the students leave, or that the professor schedules a walk, telling students in advance there would be no class.
  • All University Sing: Fraternities and sororities choreograph song and dance numbers to a theme and perform them for the student body. The performances are usually nightly, including 15-plus performances, and go on over the course of two weekends. Students, faculty, staff, parents, and alumni flood in to the campus to sit as an audience. The tradition is also tied into Homecoming, where the best performances showcase their song/dance numbers at Pigskin Revue, a highlight in the fall for Homecoming week.
  • Bonfire before Homecoming: Students and faculty turn out for the Homecoming Bonfire no matter what the weather is like. Since Texas Tech is who we usually play, their school symbol is built out of wood and lit on fire while everyone stands around and the yell leaders lead the cheers. There are usually performances going on, and the band plays in the background.
  • Christmas on Fifth Street: KOT fraternity sponsors the lighting of an enormous tree right in the middle of campus. They light the place up and there is usually a live concert. In recent years, Jars of Clay and Caedmon's Call have played. Hot chocolate, cider, and food are all sold, and the fraternity combines the event with some kind of fundraiser.
  • Diadeloso: A day off each spring, on a Thursday, for no other reason than to have fun. The school has a multitude of events to take part in, from brain-teaser-type games to intramural sports, a moon walk, and various performances.
  • Fall Break: A poor attempt at the University to give students a break during the fall semester. Known as the hardest and the longest, the first semester of classes just drag by because there are almost no holidays to break up the monotony. The school gives what they call "fall break" where you get a Friday off. Most students thumb their nose at the idea since the break is really only one day tacked onto a weekend they would have off anyway, and turn it into a five day holiday by taking off the Thursday before, and the Monday after.
  • The NoZe pulling some kind of stunt for "Come Homing": The notorious fraternity on campus that pulls out all the stops for any occasion, the NoZe does a paper called the Rope, which is a nice spoof of the University's paper the Lariat. Count on the NoZe to do any number of stunts. In the past, they have dyed the fountain in the middle of campus bright pink, dropped pink ping pong balls on guest speakers during Chapel, and do their best to keep the pulse of the University administration honest.
Urban Legends
  • A ghost of a girl who committed suicide in the 1950s haunts the towers of Burleson.
  • A school president threw a barking dog out the window during chapel, and it resulted in a riot.
  • Cameras monitor the underground tunnel system.
  • The president of the NoZe fraternity is a woman.
Favorite Things To Do
Baylor gives its students plenty of things to do, including pocket billiards, shuffle board, darts, bowling, ping pong, rock climbing, racquetball, indoor swimming, fitness centers, basketball, and volleyball. In addition to that, you can always catch a play, watch a movie, or attend an athletic event; all without ever leaving campus. In the Student Life Center (SLC, pronounced “Slick”) you can always find something going on. Whether you’re there to play some ping pong with a friend, swim a few laps, work out, climb the rock, or catch an intramural game, the SLC is the campus nerve center for activities. In the SUB, you can study, grab a bite between classes, work on the computers, check your mailbox, or catch the news or a game on the two big-screen TVs near the back of the building.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Model UN
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The Armstrong Browning Library is a research library dedicated to the works of Victorian poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. The ABL houses the largest number of books, manuscripts, and memorabilia pertaining to the Brownings in the entire world. The beautiful stained glass and paintings (all influenced by Browining works) make it a popular place for marriage proposals among Baylor students and alumni.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 118 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 27 responses

  • 21% Enjoying Baylor's Beauty
  • 16% Working out at the Slc
  • 13% Go play racquetball at the SLC
  • 10% Baylor Marina
  • 9% Hiking and mountain biking in Cameron Park
  • 8% Playing on the many pianos around campus
  • 8% Basketball at the Student Life Center
  • 5% Going Bowling at the SUB
  • 5% ENOing
  • 3% Playing Pool at the SUB
  • 1% Swimming at the SLC's pool
  • 1% Hanging around in the Brooks JRC

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 27 responses

  • 23% Common Grounds
  • 19% My Dorm room with friends
  • 16% SUB
  • 14% Student Life Center
  • 9% Outdoors
  • 9% Library
  • 5% Moody Library
  • 4% East Village Dining Hall
  • 2% Cameron Park
  • 0% Collins Dining Hall

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 20 responses

  • 35% Working at the slc or the sub
  • 16% Campus Visits
  • 16% SI Instructor
  • 11% Outdoor Adventure
  • 8% Working as a TA
  • 5% Library Help
  • 5% Usher at Waco Hall
  • 3% Law Library Student Worker

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 27 responses

  • 22% Diadeloso
  • 19% Football Games
  • 18% The Line
  • 14% Bonfire before Homecoming
  • 14% Christmas on Fifth Street
  • 8% All University Sing
  • 5% Fall Break

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 28 responses

  • 46% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 39% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 14% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 126 responses

  • 44% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.
  • 44% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 12% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 121 responses

  • 46% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 6% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 2% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 67% The Noze Brothers
  • 27% Tortilla Tossing and Ring by Spring
  • 6% Being reincarnated as a campus squirrel

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 22 responses

  • 95% Food Service
  • 5% Intramural Referee



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