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Baylor University

Waco, TX 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate46%

Baylor Admissions

Baylor University is very difficult to get into. The university admitted 46% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 40,724 students applied to Baylor University and 18,697 were admitted.

If you want to apply to Baylor University, the regular decision application deadline is February 1 and there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Students who apply to Baylor University for fall semester should receive an admissions decision no later than April 10.

Baylor University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Baylor University's admissions stats.

Baylor University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 40%
Mean SAT Score 1267
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 57%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%
Waitlist Yes

Baylor University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Baylor University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 1 December 15
Early Decision II Yes February 1 March 1
Early Action Yes November 1 January 15
Regular Decision Yes 2 1 April 10

Considering Applying Early to Baylor University?

Baylor University offers early decision and also offers early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 1 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 15.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due February 1. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before March 1.

πŸ—“οΈ The Early Action deadline is November 1. Baylor University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Baylor University is 30%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 46%. Last year, Baylor University admitted 256 of the 844 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply early to boost their chances of getting in. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase the chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Discover a list of some competetive colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Baylor University Admissions

Transferring to Baylor University

It is very difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Baylor University

Baylor University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Baylor University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Baylor University

Wondering what factors are considered by Baylor University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Application Essay Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Class Rank Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered

Make sure to check with Baylor University for more information on admission factors.

Baylor University Application Requirements

To apply to Baylor University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Baylor University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Baylor University?

Baylor University has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 47% submitted a class rank. At Baylor University 40% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 72% were in the top 25% and 95% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Baylor University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Baylor University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Baylor University is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 57% of Baylor University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Baylor University?

To be competitive with other Baylor University applicants, you should aim to score between 1170 and 1360 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Baylor University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1360 and 25% of scored lower than 1170, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Baylor University student is 1267.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Baylor University students scored 690 or higher and 75% of students scored 590 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Baylor University students scored 680 or higher, and 75% scored a 590 or higher.

To be most competitive at Baylor University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Baylor University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 26 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Baylor University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 26.

More Information on Transferring to Baylor University

For transfer students, it is very difficult to get admitted to Baylor University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is June 1. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in Baylor University during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Baylor University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Baylor University?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Baylor University.

Does Baylor University accept transfer credits?

βœ… Baylor University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Baylor University accepts:

β€’ CLEP subject tests β€’ DSST/DANTES

Does Baylor University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Baylor University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Baylor University?

❌ No, Baylor University is test optional, so you can choose whether or not to submit your standardized test scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Baylor University's acceptance rate?

βœ… Baylor University has an acceptance rate of 46%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Baylor University?

βœ… Baylor University's early decision acceptance rate was 30% in 2021.

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Baylor Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Baylor? Baylor is a very selective institution. The Baylor acceptance rate is 46%. This means that the institution accepts 45 out of every 100 applicants.


Baylor Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Jun 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Baylor is Feb 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Baylor is Jun 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Baylor SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1170 - 1360


Math SAT Range

580 - 690


Reading SAT Range

590 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1360 and Above


1170 to 1360


1170 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Baylor students is 1267. Applicants with SAT scores of 1360 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Baylor, while applicants with SAT scores between 1170 to 1360 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1170 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Baylor.

Baylor GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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