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Baylor University Data & Information Overview

447 awards Ranking Badges
Great Price Value for Your Money
57% Acceptance Rate
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How Well Is Baylor University Ranked?

#123 Best Colleges in Nation
#7 Best Colleges in TX
Curriculum & Instruction Highest Ranked Major
Quality Badge

2024 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Baylor University was awarded 447 badges in the 2024 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is curriculum & instruction.

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Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2024 analysis, Baylor is ranked #123 out of 2,217 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 10% of all schools in the nation. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Baylor held the #153 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Baylor is also ranked #7 out of 115 schools in Texas.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Baylor?

57% Acceptance Rate
57% Of Accepted Are Women
39% Submit SAT Scores

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to Baylor University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 57%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 39% of students accepted to Baylor submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 580 and 670. Math scores were between 580 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Baylor University  ( 580 to 670 )

SAT Math Scores for Baylor University  ( 580 to 680 )
Baylor received ACT scores from 31% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 25 and 32.

ACT Composite Scores for Baylor University  ( 25 to 32 )

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Baylor University Faculty

16 to 1 Student to Faculty
72% Full Time Teachers

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Baylor University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Baylor University is 72%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  72 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Baylor University

88% Freshmen Retention
63% On-Time Graduation Rate

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 88% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Baylor University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  88 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Baylor for first-time, full-time students is 63%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  63 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Baylor University.

Baylor University Undergraduate Student Diversity

14,145 Full-Time Undergraduates
34.3% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
59.9% Percent Women

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 14,399 undergraduates at Baylor with 14,145 being full-time and 254 being part-time.

How Much Does Baylor University Cost?

$37,309 Net Price
40% Take Out Loans
$52,724 Total Student Loans
The overall average net price of Baylor is $37,309. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Baylor

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$25,980 $31,165 $31,907 $34,984 $43,975

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Baylor, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Baylor, approximately 40% of students took out student loans averaging $13,181 a year. That adds up to $52,724 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Baylor is 2.2%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Baylor Graduates Make?

$60,512 Avg Salary of Grads
High Earnings Boost
Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Baylor with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $60,512 in their early years. That's great news for Baylor students since it is 42% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 per year.


See which majors at Baylor University make the most money.

Location of Baylor University

Texas State
14,145 Full-Time Undergraduates
Midsize City Campus Setting
Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for Baylor are given below.

Contact Details
Phone: 254-710-1011

Baylor University Majors

94 Majors With Completions
3,775 Undergraduate Degrees
1,651 Graduate Degrees
During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 94 majors graduated from Baylor University. Of these students, 3,775 received undergraduate degrees and 1,651 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 267 $63,243
General Biology 230 $20,866
Communication & Media Studies 177 $36,068
Fine & Studio Arts 160 $30,583
Accounting 160 $55,784
Marketing 160 $45,337
Finance & Financial Management 156 $60,896
Health/Medical Prep Programs 144 $22,864
Business Administration & Management 137 $52,689
Management Information Systems 124 $62,614

Learn more about the majors offered at Baylor University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Baylor

62% Take At Least One Class Online
15% Take All Classes Online

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2020-2021, 12,730 students took at least one online class at Baylor University. This is a decrease from the 17,850 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2020-2021 12,730 3,014
2019-2020 17,850 3,456
2018-2019 1,842 1,214
2017-2018 935 415
2016-2017 642 241

Learn more about online learning at Baylor University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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