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Baylor Admission Requirements

Waco, Texas

Chances of getting into Baylor University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
38.9%
Admission Difficulty for Baylor University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionHigh

How hard is it to get into Baylor and can I get accepted? The school has a 39% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,442 out of 37,083 applicants were admitted making Baylor a highly competitive school to get into with a lesser chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 22 percent. Baylor University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 23% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

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Find out which students are getting accepted at Baylor, which are not, and how your GPA, SAT, or ACT scores compare.

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Baylor SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1190-1370
Applicants Submitting SAT
46%
SAT Scores for Baylor University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 590
SAT Composite 25th 1190
SAT Scores for Baylor University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 690
SAT Composite 75th 1370
Average SAT Score 1280

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Baylor University?

Baylor University typically requires applicants to be in the top 26 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1190 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1100. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1280 out of 1600. The school ranks #6 in Texas for highest average SAT composite score. 46 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Baylor University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1370 and Above Good >52%
1280 to 1370 Avg + 39%-52%
1190 to 1280 Avg - 27%-39%
1100 to 1190 Reach 18%-27%
Less than 1100 Low <18%
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Baylor ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-31 
Applicants Submitting ACT
54%
ACT Scores for Baylor University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 25
ACT Math 25th 24
ACT Composite 25th 26
ACT Scores for Baylor University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 34
ACT Math 75th 29
ACT Composite 75th 31
Average ACT Score 28

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Baylor?

Admission data indicates that Baylor regularly accepts students with ACT's of 26 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 18 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 24 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 28 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 31 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Texas for highest average ACT composite score. 54 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Baylor University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2018 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Baylor University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
31 and Above Good >55%
28 to 31 Avg + 39%-55%
26 to 28 Avg - 29%-39%
24 to 26 Reach 21%-29%
Less than 24 Low <21%
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Baylor GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.74*
Typical High School Grades
A-

What GPA do you need to get into Baylor University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into Baylor. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Baylor University was 3.74 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #5 in Texas for highest average GPA. Even with a competitive GPA, admission to Baylor will be challenging as the school denies more applicants than it admits.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.74 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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High School Class Rank

75% of Baylor University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Baylor University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 42%
Top 25% of class 75%
Top 50% of class 97%
Bottom 50% of class 3%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House

Applying

Admission Statistics

Baylor University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 22,035 15,048 37,083
Accepted 8,553 5,889 14,442
Acceptance Rate 39% 39% 39%
Enrolled 2,089 1,277 3,366
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 22% 23%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Baylor University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Baylor University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Baylor University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=223232 IPEDS survey data for Baylor University.

FAQs

Does Baylor University prefer SAT or ACT?

46% of students submit their SAT scores to Baylor. 54% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Baylor University?

39% of those who apply are granted admission to Baylor. Admission competition is high and the college has very high admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Baylor University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1190 and 1370. 46% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Baylor University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 26 and 31. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.


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