Baylor University is a medium-sized, coed, private university located in Waco, Texas. It was established on Feb 1st, 1845 and began offering courses in 1846. The campus was originally located in Independence, TX but in 1886 Baylor and Waco University consolidated to form Baylor University at Waco. The campus has since grown to approximately 1,000 acres.
Waco is a small city in central Texas bordered by the Brazos River and is home to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Museum, (Law Enforcement, not the baseball team) the Dr Pepper Museum, and the Waco Mammoth National Monument. This is a fossil site home to the bones of Columbian mammoths.
At present, the makeup of the student population at Baylor is 62% White, 6% Black, 16% Latino, 7% Asian, 5% two or more races and 4% Non-Resident Alien. Women make up 60% or the students at Baylor and 40% are men. About 67% of the students on campus are Texas residents and 33% are from outside the state. Freshman are required to live on campus and have traditional housing options as well as academically centered student housing. The university has integrated their seminary students into the various housing centers where they serve as chaplains in the resident halls.
Business is the primary major at Baylor with 29% of the student population. The Health Professions and Biology make up 25% of the majors and another 8% are in Communications/Journalism. Though not the largest department on campus, the Theater Department is listed among the top 20 programs in the country.
When students are not busy studying or in class, there are 17 men’s and women’s division I athletic teams to support, more than 330 clubs and organizations, and a dizzying array of intramural sports. To help students grow and learn outside the classroom, there are many volunteering activities available through the university in Waco and around the world. The study abroad program is also very active and sends an increasing number of students outside the country to study each year.
Approximately 75% of entering freshmen are in the top quarter of their class. Admission to Baylor University typically requires a median ACT score 26-32 or an SAT score of 1210-1370. Applicants can complete the Common App, ApplyTexas Application or the Baylor Online Application. The estimated cost of attendance is $67,270. The average financial aid package is $31,871 and the university is committed to meeting 68% of financial need.
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