Baylor University: Narrative Description

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Waco, TX 76798
Tel: (254)710-1011; 800-BAYLOR U; Admissions: (254)710-3435; E-mail: [email protected]; Web Site:

Description: Independent Baptist, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1845. Setting: 432-acre urban campus with easy access to Dallas-Fort Worth. Endowment: $556.8 million. Total enrollment: 13,937. Faculty: 921 (777 full-time, 144 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 16:1. 8,931 applied, 82% were admitted. 38% from top 10% of their high school class, 67% from top quarter, 91% from top half. 37 National Merit Scholars. Full-time: 11,260 students, 58% women, 42% men. Part-time: 452 students, 55% women, 45% men. Students come from 50 states and territories, 90 other countries, 15% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 8% Hispanic, 6% black, 5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 3% 25 or older, 32% live on campus, 4% transferred in. Retention: 84% of 2003 full-time freshmen returned. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Study abroad program. ROTC: Air Force.

Entrance Requirements: Options: electronic application, early admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, SAT I or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year: Application fee: $35. Comprehensive fee: $23,864 includes full-time tuition ($16,750), mandatory fees ($1680), and college room and board ($5434). College room only: $2728. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility. Part-time tuition: $698 per semester hour. Part-time mandatory fees: $52 per semester hour. Tuition guaranteed not to increase for student's term of enrollment.

Collegiate Environment: Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 289 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities, local fraternities, local sororities; 15% of eligible men and 17% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Alpha Phi Omega, College Republicans, Gamma Beta Phi, student government. Major annual events: Diadeloso (Student Day of Fun), Homecoming, All-University Sing. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, bicycle patrols. 3,597 college housing spaces available; 3,417 were occupied in 2002-03. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: men-only, women-only housing available. Moody Memorial Library plus 8 others with 2.3 million books, 2.2 million microform titles, 8,429 serials, 73,228 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 1,500 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment: The campus adjoins the historic Brazos River in Waco, a Central Texas city of 110,000 people. The climate is temperate with a mean annual temperature of 67.4 degrees, and an average rainfall of 35 inches. Waco is reached by interstate, airlines, railroad, and bus lines. There are almost 200 churches of various faiths, public hospitals and a veteran's hospital, excellent libraries, and convenient shopping facilities in the area. Nineteen civic clubs and many fraternal organizations are active in Waco. Local recreation includes boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking, bowling, biking, golfing, hiking, tennis, parks, a zoo, and Lake Waco. Part-time employment is available for students.

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