#4 Best Private Colleges in Kansas

Baker University

Baldwin City, Kansas

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Baker University overview
Location Baldwin City, Kansas
Online bakeru.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Religious Affiliation United Methodist
Baker University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Baker University, established in 1858 and located in Baldwin City, Kansas, holds the distinction of being the state's first university. Approximately 45 minutes southwest of Kansas City, the university's historic campus is characterized by its gothic architecture, notably the iconic Osborne Chapel, which was relocated from Sproxton, England. Baker's academic profile includes undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs, with strong emphasis on liberal arts education. Among its offerings, the School of Education has developed a notable reputation. Admissions at Baker University are moderately selective, focusing on a holistic review of applicants. Student housing is available, with a variety of living options to accommodate undergraduate students. While Baker University competes in the NAIA as the Wildcats, it is particularly recognized for its track and field program.

In the most recent statistical year 776 prospective students applied, and 712 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 232 enrolled in the school.  960 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,145 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $31,620 plus fees of $700. Baker is ranked 716 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Baker is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Baker University overview
SAT 970/1130
ACT 18/23
GPA 3.45

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Baker University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$700
Room and Board $9,440
Budget for Other Expenses$5,190
Total One Year Cost$48,250

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$56,000 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

55% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Baker University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 66%
Health Professions 12%
Education 5%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 3%
Biology 2%

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