Baylor University

About Baylor University

Baylor University, a private Christian university and nationally ranked research institution, provides a vibrant campus community for 19,000+ students. Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor blends interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship resulting in outstanding graduates. Baylor is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study among its 12 academic divisions.

Our COVID-19 Response:

Baylor deployed a science-based, CDC-informed strategy of prevention, mitigation, and policy during the COVID pandemic.

  • A multi-disciplinary Health Management Team (HMT) began work in Feb. 2020 – identifying risks, helping students abroad return home, navigating the needs of students who left campus for spring break and could not return, and preparing for the remainder of the semester into summer.
  • An academic technology task force also began in Feb. 2020 to prepare faculty for online instruction and enhance platforms needed for instruction. Classes resumed online with a very brief disruption.
  • Student Life established a student care team and isolation facilities to manage COVID-positive students and provided meals, physical and emotional support to students. Housing was identified on- and off-campus if needs arose
  • Random surveillance testing was administered when students returned for Fall 2020. Weekly testing of all faculty, staff and students was administered in Spring 2021
  • Baylor Environmental Scientists established a waste surveillance system to monitor potential COVID “hot spots” on campus
  • Baylor’s fundraising efforts turned to student support in March 2020 to help students with financial strains due to lost jobs, family emergencies, technology needs, food supply and more.
  • Graduations and other events were held virtually until May 2021, when socially distanced in-person graduation was celebrated.
  • The HMT met daily through Spring 2021 and developed a COVID dashboard of metrics to help inform decision making.
  • Baylor partnered with My Labs Direct to construct a local lab for processing Baylor’s weekly tests and to support the needs of the region.
  • The Baylor Health Center was established as a vaccine provider and administered all 3 Emergency-approved vaccines to the campus community, including families of faculty and staff.  

About Our Students

FALL 2021 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Middle 50% SAT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Baylor had a Test Optional admissions policy for Fall 2021; applicants could choose to apply with or
without standardized test scores. Thirty-nine percent of the 4,271 enrolled students submitted SAT scores.

Mathematics 580 - 680
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 580 - 670

The SAT has two sections (SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and SAT Math), each scored on a scale of 200-800. In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 2021 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year

FALL 2021 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2021.


Women 60%
Men 40%


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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2021 - 2022   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2021 - 2022. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$51,738
Estimated Room & Board$14,647
Estimated Books & Supplies$1,390
Estimated Transportation$1,344
Other Expenses$2,112

Use Our Net Price Calculator   An institution's Net Price Calculator provides an individualized estimate of the net price of attendance for a first-time, full-time aided undergraduate at that institution. The federal definition of net price is as follows: an institution's cost of attendance for first-time, full-time undergraduate students less the total need- and merit-based federal, state and institutional grant aid awarded (i.e., monetary awards that do not have to be paid back) divided by the number of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving such aid. The estimates generated by an institution's Net Price Calculator do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are only estimates.

There are many ways to make a Baylor education fit your family's budget. Very few students pay the full tuition "sticker price" and are able to fund their education through various scholarships, financial aid, loans and payment plans.  Please visit our Affordability Planner website for more information:

FALL 2022 Tuition and Fees History   These figures represent typical tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for the full academic year (generally September to June) plus required fees or those charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (for example, registration, health, or activity fees). Optional fees such as parking and laboratory use are not included.

Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2015 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2021.

Within 4 Years 68%
Within 5 Years 80%
Within 6 Years 82%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2021   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2021. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2021 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 16:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 88%

Undergraduate Class Size   Undergraduate Class Size:This table reports on the number of classes by class size that was offered in the fall of 2021. Number of Classes:This is the number of classes per semester. A class is an organized course offered for credit, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion section. Not included in this table is distance learning classes, noncredit classes, individual instruction such as thesis research and music instruction, independent studies, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes.

Number of Students 2-19 20-39 40-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 1277 1078 333 71 2759

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Life on Campus

Our vibrant campus life enhances the university experience through residential living-learning centers focused on academic interests (with faculty-in-residence and chaplains); 350+ student-run organizations (including national Greek sororities/fraternities); intramural, club and Big 12 sports; and cultural events. Students also can participate in vocation-specific mission and study abroad opportunities.

What it's Like on Our Campus   Percent of Freshmen Who Live on Campus is for freshmen enrolled in fall 2022. Percent of Undergraduates Who Live on Campus is for all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2022.

Freshmen who live on campus 99%
Undergraduates who live on campus 35%

Campus Safety

Baylor’s Police Department comprises 37 police and 13 security officers. Officers operate marked patrol vehicles, a bicycle unit, and Criminal Investigation/Crime Prevention units. Available 24/7, officers monitor campus through a mobile app and 200 emergency call boxes. Commissioned officers are licensed and certified by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.

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