Baylor University

Baylor University

Baylor University is a private Baptist affiliated research university located in Waco, Texas. The university was established in the year 1845. BU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools.

The University is known for its programs in music, business, law, theology and science. It offers bachelor's, master's, doctorate and professional degrees through its eleven degree-granting academic units. Two of the academic units are designated as colleges while the other eight are designated as schools.

The men's sports teams of Baylor are nicknamed 'The Bears' and the women's teams are nicknamed 'The Lady Bears.' Baylor athletics compete in the NCAA's Division I.

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Contacting Baylor

Baylor University
500 Speight Ave.
Waco , TX 76798
General Phone: (254) 710-1011

Baylor Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management746business, business management, operations management, accounting, managerial economics, entrepreneurship, finance, financial planning, human resources, ...
Liberal Arts394American studies, Asian studies, Latin American studies, Slavic studies, linguistics, Russian language, German language, French language, Spanish language, ...
Therapy and Counseling298psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, communication disorders, physical therapy
Science279biology, biomedical sciences, biochemistry, exercise physiology, bioinformatics, chemistry, geology, geophysics, geological and earth sciences, ...
Media249communication studies, journalism, radio and television, digital communications
Education and Teaching242curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, early childhood education, art education, English teaching, health teaching, math teaching, music teaching, ...
Family and Social Work164family and consumer science, human nutrition, family studies, public administration, social work
Religion and Philosophy163philosophy, religion, philosophy and religious studies, religious music, ministry, theological and ministerial studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine126registered nursing, nursing administration, nurse practitioner, neonatal nursing
Medicine82neuroscience, pre-dentistry, pre-med, medical preparatory
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy56health and physical education, sports and fitness management, athletic trainer
Security and Law Enforcement55forensic science
Engineering45engineering, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, archeology
Medical Administration39health care administration
Drama and Performing Arts38drama, theatre design, acting, directing
Music38music history and theory, music performance, music theory and composition, conducting, piano, music pedagogy
Fine Arts35fine arts, art history and criticism
Mathematics31mathematics, applied mathematics, statistics
Real Estate and Construction Management29real estate
Design24fashion design, interior design
Computer Science and Engineering22computer science
Conservation and Resource Management15environmental studies, environmental science
Transportation6commercial pilot and flight crew
Medical Support and Technology5physician assistant, clinical lab tech

Number of programs and degrees for Baylor in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree2,445104
Master's degree53854
Doctor's degree12523
First-professional degree2272
Post-master's certificate41

Baylor Student Body

In 2007-2008, Baylor had a total enrollment of 14,174 students (13,491 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 82%
Graduate 11%
First Professional 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 7%
Hispanic 9%
Asian 6%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 36%
20-21 35%
22-24 16%
25-29 6%
30-34 2%
35-39 1%
40-49 1%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%

Baylor Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 86 %

Baylor Room and Board (2007)

Baylor offers campus housing for 4,576 of its 13,491 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Waco, Texas for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Texas Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 16 meals per week.

Baylor Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal540650
SAT Math560660
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2228
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT66%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT34%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsrequired

Baylor Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,239
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,239
Room and board $ 7,563
Room charge $ 4,000
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,563
Books and supplies $ 1,634
Other expenses $ 3,840

Financial Aid:
Baylor participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 354500)

Baylor Faculty

Baylor has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track9856
Non-tenured and not on tenure track107152

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year195$104,28436$92,183
Associate professoracademic year139$80,82562$71,806
Assistant professoracademic year83$69,94954$71,505
Instructoracademic year0*1*
Lectureracademic year102$52,607151$50,580
All faculty totalacademic year519$82,354304$63,569

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Baylor Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Big Twelve Conference
Basketball Big Twelve Conference
Baseball Big Twelve Conference
Track Big Twelve Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports21100121

Baylor Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
Financial Planning and Services
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Operations Management and Supervision
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General
Specialized Merchandising, Sales, and Marketing Operations, Other

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Fashion/Apparel Design
Interior Design

Drama And Performing Arts
Directing and Theatrical Production
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Health Occupations Teacher Education
Health Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Education/Profess Development, Subject Areas, Other

Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering, General
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Human Nutrition
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Near Eastern/Biblical Languages, Lit & Linguistics
Asian Studies/Civilization
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Museology/Museum Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Slavic Studies
Spanish Language and Literature

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Physician Assistant

Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music History, Literature, and Theory
Music Pedagogy
Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Piano and Organ

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Maternal/Child Health and Neonatal Nurse/Nursing
Nursing Administration (MSN, MS, PhD)
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Religion And Philosophy
Divinity/Ministry (BD, MDiv)
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Religion/Religious Studies
Religious/Sacred Music
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Exercise Physiology
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Forensic Science and Technology

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical Psychology
Communication Disorders, General
Educational Psychology
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew

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What Sets Baylor Apart:

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% of degrees in business and management
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Student SAT scores
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Selectivity (based on % of applicants accepted)
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% of degrees in real estate and construction management
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Top 17%Baylor % of degrees in real estate and construction management
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Top 18%Baylor Dorm rooms per full-time student
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% of degrees in fine arts
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Top 19%Baylor % of degrees in fine arts

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