Baylor University.

Baylor University

Waco, TX4 year degree
Acceptance rate

About Baylor University

Baylor University, or simply Baylor, is a private Baptist research university in Waco, Texas. Baylor was chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas. Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States. Located on the banks of the Brazos River next to I-35, between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin, the university's 1,000-acre (400-hectare) campus is the largest Baptist university in the world. As of Fall, 2020, Baylor has a total enrollment of 19,522 (undergraduate 14,399, graduate 5,123). It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – High research activity". The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees. Baylor University's athletic teams, known as the Bears, participate in 19 intercollegiate sports. The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference in the NCAA Division I. Baylor's men's basketball team won the 2021 NCAA men's basketball championship.


  • Offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees
  • 14,284 students
  • 0.22 faculty staff per student
  • Campus housing available

Notable programs at Baylor University

Fine Arts
Most popular degree

The most popular degrees are Fine Arts, Environmental Science, Biology, Neuroscience, Business, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance.

Acceptance Rates

Acceptance Rate in 2017
Avg SAT Scores in 2017

14,442 students out of 37,083 applicants were accepted into Baylor University. They had an average SAT score of 1320. 36% of people submitted their SAT score along with their applications while 64% chose to submit their ACT score.

Tuition and costs

Undergraduate tuition (2017)

In 2017, the cost of tuition at Baylor University was $43,790. After taking into account the costs of books and supplies, room and board, and general living expenses, the average cost for students was $60,233.

Financial aid available at Baylor University

Of undergrads receive grants
Of undergrads receive federal loans

91% of undergraduate students at Baylor University received grants or loans in 2017.

The average award discount is the ratio between the average grant or scholarship value, and the cost, which is the sum of tuition, room, board, book, supplies, and other living expenses.

Average student living expenses at Baylor University

Room & board
Books & supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Baylor University was of $12,163 in 2017. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200.

Diversity at Baylor University

Ethnic Mix, 2017

Student Gender Mix, 2017