#5 Best Private Colleges in Texas

Baylor University

Waco, Texas

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Baylor University overview
Location Waco, Texas
Online baylor.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Midsize City
Religious Affiliation Baptist
Baylor University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Baylor University, established in 1845 and located in Waco, Texas, is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution. Situated on the banks of the Brazos River, Baylor's campus presents a mix of historic and modern buildings complemented by extensive green spaces. It is approximately 100 miles south of the Dallas-Fort Worth area, offering students proximity to urban amenities while maintaining a close-knit campus environment. The university provides a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable academic strengths in business, health sciences, and law. Baylor has a moderately competitive admissions process. On-campus living is integral to student life at Baylor, with a variety of housing options available to students. Renowned for its vibrant athletics, Baylor competes in NCAA Division I as the Bears, with particularly strong programs in basketball and football.

In the most recent statistical year 40,753 prospective students applied, and 18,699 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,296 enrolled in the school.  18,727 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,982 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $51,738 plus fees of $0. Baylor is ranked 145 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Baylor is rated within the top 25% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
Baylor University overview
SAT 1230/1410
ACT 28/33
Estimated GPA 3.74

Applications Accepted

Baylor University overview
Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Average
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Baylor University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,390
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $13,587
Budget for Other Expenses$3,456
Total One Year Cost$70,171

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$56,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

72% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Baylor University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 28%
Health Professions 10%
Biology 10%
Communication 8%
Social Sciences 7%

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