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Baylor Admissions

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

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should hear back from Baylor University by April 10.

Baylor University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Baylor University 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 50%
Mean SAT Score 1278
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 50%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 50%
Waitlist Yes

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.

Mark your calendar!

The Early Action deadline is November 1, which is coming up fast! Baylor University will release EA admissions decisions no later than January 15.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Baylor University?

Getting into Baylor University is moderately difficult. Baylor University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Baylor University accepted 68% of students, around 23,061 of the 33,680 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Baylor University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

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

What's Most Important to Get In to Baylor University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating 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 the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Baylor University

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Not Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Baylor University 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Baylor University?

Out of all students that were admitted, 48% submitted a class rank. At Baylor University 50% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 79% were in the top 25% and 96% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Baylor University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 48%

Baylor University considers standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

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 2021, 50% of Baylor University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 50% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Baylor University?

To be competitive with other Baylor University applicants, you should strive to earn between 1200 and 1350 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Baylor University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1350 and 25% of scored lower than 1200, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Baylor University student is 1278.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Baylor University students scored 680 or higher and 75% of students scored 600 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 600 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Baylor University?

To be most competitive at Baylor University, you should strive to earn between 26 and 31 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 31 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Baylor University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 31, and three out of four students scored lower than 31 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.

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Transferring to Baylor University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Baylor University. 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: - Fall Term - Spring Term - Summer Term

Baylor University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Baylor University?

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

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

Baylor University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) 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 send your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Baylor University's acceptance rate?

Baylor University's acceptance rate is 68%.

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Baylor Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

68%

How hard is it to get into Baylor? Baylor is a somewhat selective institution. The Baylor acceptance rate is 68%. This means that the institution accepts 68 out of every 100 applicants.

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Baylor Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Feb 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Baylor is Continuous processing.

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

Baylor ACT Scores

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ACT Range

26 - 31

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

31 and Above

Good

26 to 31

Avg

26 and Less

Low

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Baylor is 29. Students with an ACT score of 31 and above have a good chance of getting into Baylor. Students with an ACT score that falls between 26 and 31 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 26 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Baylor SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1200 - 1350

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Math SAT Range

590 - 680

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Reading SAT Range

600 - 680

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1350 and Above

Good

1200 to 1350

Avg

1200 and Less

Low

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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Baylor students is 1278. Applicants with SAT scores of 1350 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Baylor, while applicants with SAT scores between 1200 to 1350 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1200 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Baylor.

Baylor GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

19,297

Campus Setting

Urban

Acceptance Rate

68%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$50,232

Out-of-State

$50,232

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Application Deadline

Feb 1
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