So, you’re thinking about applying to Baylor University, and you’re curious about your chances of admission. Well, we’re here to help! Of course, there are a lot of factors in the admissions process, and it’s impossible to accurately predict whether you’ll be admitted or not. However, the most important factors in the admissions game are your GPA and test scores. So, using those as a measure, we can give you an estimate of your chances.
With an acceptance rate of 40%, admission to Baylor is very competitive. Based on our analysis, to have a good chance of being admitted, you need to be at the top of your class and have an SAT score of close to 1300, or an ACT score of around 28.
Not quite there? Try taking our SAT prep course and you'll still have a chance of getting in, but it’s in the single digits. Let’s take a closer look at Baylor admission statistics.
Baylor Admissions Statistics
Baylor’s acceptance rate in 2017 was 40%. For students applying to the class of 2021, out of 34,636 applicants, Baylor admitted about 13,758. The average GPA of admitted applicants was 3.64, the average ACT score was 28, and the average SAT score was 1290.
For students who took the ACT, the 25th percentile score of successful applicants was 25, and the 75th percentile score was 30.
For students who took the SAT, the 25th percentile score was 1200. The 75th percentile score was 1380.
If you’re somewhere in the middle of these numbers, remember that a high test score can compensate for a slightly lower GPA, and vice versa. If you’re at the lower end, it helps if you’re a diverse applicant, the child of an alum, or have incredible personal achievements. Still, at the 25th percentile, your chances of getting in are in the low single digits.
Other aspects of your application, such as athletics, extracurricular and recommendations, are important, but will likely only make a difference for admission if you’re in the 75th percentile range for your GPA and SAT/ACT scores.
As we said, admission to Baylor is very competitive. Even if Baylor is your dream school, and even if you’re in the 75th percentile, you’ll still want to make sure you apply to a wide variety of schools to ensure you’ll gain admission somewhere.
Generally, you should have at least three safety schools (where you are in the 75th percentile of GPA/test scores), three reach schools (where you are in the 25th percentile of GPA/test scores) and three target schools (where you are near the average for GPA/test scores) on your list.
OK, so you’ve decided to apply. We took a look at Baylor’s admissions requirements to help you get everything in order.
Baylor Application Requirements
To apply to Baylor, you’ll need to fill out either the Common Application, the Baylor Online Application or the ApplyTexas Application, submit an ACT or SAT score, and submit your high school transcript. While not required, it's also recommended to submit a Resume, two Recommendation Letters, and a Short Answer Response. Everything should be submitted by November 1st for Early Action, and February 8th for Regular Decision.
Here’s a full list of application requirements:
- Fill out either the Common Application, the Baylor Online Application or the ApplyTexas Application
- Submit an ACT score or SAT score
- Submit your high school transcript
- RECOMMENDED - submit a Resume, two Recommendation Letters, and a Short Answer Response
The application deadline is November 1st for Early Action and February 8th for Regular Decision. November 18 is the financial aid application deadline. Early Action notifications are released December 1st, and Regular Decision applicants find out their fates on April 10th.
Have you been admitted to Baylor? Congratulations! Below is a glimpse of what your classmates will be like.
Baylor Admitted Students Profile
If you matriculate at Baylor, you’ll be joining a diverse class, with students from all over the U.S. and the world, and have a chance to study in dozens of fields.
Here are some interesting facts about the recently admitted class:
- Roughly 42% are male and 58% are female
- 3.5% of students are international
Baylor has a diverse class, as well, with a large number of people of color. The ethnicities of admitted applicants are:
- International: 3.5%
- Underrepresented minority: 0.3%
- Two or more races: 4.8%
- White: 66%
What do these admitted students plan to study? Baylor offers dozens of majors, and students matriculating there pursue a wide number of subjects. Here is a list of some of the top programs:
Now, how are you going to pay for this?
Baylor Tuition Figures
At $58,830, Baylor’s cost of attendance is astronomical. But, don’t panic! Most incoming students receive some form of financial aid, and the average award is $22,291.
Here’s a fuller look at Baylor tuition and financial aid in 2017:
- Total budget: $58,830
- Average financial aid package: $22,291
- The average student debt of a Baylor graduate is $44,540
Now, what is life like at Baylor? Let’s take a look.
Baylor's main campus is located in Waco, Texas, located on the banks of the Brazos River.
Created by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest, continuously operating university in the State of Texas.
Remember, you’re going to Baylor for its excellent academics! Below is a look at what academic life will be like.
Baylor has dozens of majors. Some of the school’s more interesting majors are:
- Digital Communication and Media
- Fashion/Apparel Design
- Geophysics and Seismology
- Human Development and Family Studies
- Interior Design
- Kindergarten/Preschool Education and Teaching
- Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
- Theatre Design and Technology
Now, let’s take a look at life outside the classroom at Baylor.
Student Life at Baylor
Baylor has hundreds of student organizations, covering academic interests, creative and performing arts, cultural and racial initiatives, gender and sexuality affinity groups, government and politics interests, and various media and publications.
Here’s a sampling of Baylor’s student activities:
- Aikido Club
- Baylor Amateur Radio Club
- Central Texas Astronomical Society Baylor Chapter
- Computing for Compassion
- Engineers with a Mission
- Fencing Club
- Green & Gold Pageant Committee
- Hankamer Consulting Group
- IEEE - Microwave Theory and Techniques Society
- Japanese Student Association
- Lacrosse Club
- Literary Society
- Mobius Math Society
- Oso eSports
- Poppers, Lockers, and Breakers
- ROOTS Natural Hair Club
- Sing Alliance
Are you an athlete? Baylor’s got plenty of options for you.
Baylor offers a large number of intercollegiate sports, with extensive varsity, as well as club, offerings, for both men and women. So, if you’re not up to varsity level, remember there are plenty of club and intramural sports to try out for, too.
Baylor’s sports include:
- Track & Field
Who might you become with a Baylor degree? Let’s take a look at some well-known and successful alums:
Baylor has produced politicians, business tycoons, entertainers, musicians, media figures, and leaders in dozens of other fields.
Here’s a list of some particularly well-known alums:
- Musician Willie Nelson
- Author Thomas Harris
- Comedian Jeff Dunham
- American Airlines CEO Thomas W. Horton
- Oracle Corporation CEO Mark Hurd
- US Senator Rand Paul
- Texas Governor Ann Richards
- Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson
- Keller Williams Realty co-founder Gary W. Keller
- Director John Lee Hancock
- Actor Allison Tolman
- ESPN anchor Trey Wingo
And this is only a partial list!
Getting into Baylor is very competitive. Don’t despair if you get a no. If you have a strong GPA and high test scores, you have a great chance of getting into at least one of the more competitive schools. And if you don’t, remember: where you go is NOT who you are. If you work hard, you’ll end up at a school that’s right for you, and still get a great education.
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