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Chances of getting into Baylor University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
45.3%
Admission Difficulty for Baylor University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsVery High
Applicant CompetitionAverage
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How hard is it to get into Baylor and can I get accepted? The school has a 45% acceptance rate ranking it #7 in Texas for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 15,676 out of 34,582 applicants were admitted making Baylor a more competitive school to get into with a good chance of acceptance for qualifying applicants.  Academically, it has very high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 21 percent. Baylor University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 21% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Baylor University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Baylor SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1200-1380
Applicants Submitting SAT
46%
SAT Scores for Baylor University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 600
SAT Math 25th 600
SAT Composite 25th 1200
SAT Scores for Baylor University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 680
SAT Math 75th 700
SAT Composite 75th 1380
Average SAT Score 1290

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Baylor University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 24 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1200 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 1110. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1290 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 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Baylor University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1380 and Above Good >58%
1290 to 1380 Avg + 45%-58%
1200 to 1290 Avg - 32%-45%
1110 to 1200 Reach 22%-32%
Less than 1110 Low <22%
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Baylor ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
26-32 
Applicants Submitting ACT
54%
ACT Scores for Baylor University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 26
ACT Math 25th 25
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 32
Average ACT Score 29

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 23 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 29 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 32 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 2019 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Baylor University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
32 and Above Good >58%
29 to 32 Avg + 45%-58%
26 to 29 Avg - 32%-45%
23 to 26 Reach 22%-32%
Less than 23 Low <22%
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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 21,638 12,944 34,582
Accepted 8,974 6,702 15,676
Acceptance Rate 41% 52% 45%
Enrolled 1,959 1,348 3,307
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 22% 20% 21%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Feb 1, 2021
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Feb 1, 2021.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Baylor University is $0.

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 Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Demonstration of Competencies Considered but not required

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?

45% of those who apply are granted admission to Baylor. Admission competition is low 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 1200 and 1380. 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 32. 54% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.