Baylor University
500 Speight Ave.
Waco, TX 76798
(800) 229-5678
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Baylor University, founded in 1845, is the oldest operating university in Texas. This private Christian university has received numerous awards and has been ranked with some of the finest institutions in the nation. U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges 2012″ ranked Baylor number 75 in the nation, while Kiplinger’s “Best Values in Private Colleges (2011-2012)” ranked Baylor number 72 in the nation. In addition, Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s “College Rankings 2011″ ranked Baylor number 11 in the nation for student-athletes.

Programs Offered

Baylor University offers 150 bachelor’s, 76 master’s, and 22 doctoral degree programs. There are several areas of study to choose from, including education, nursing, law, Christian studies, business, and engineering. Baylor has developed many centers and institutions of learning that are unique to the university, such as the Center for Christian Music Studies, which offers degree programs focusing on leadership in all aspects of the Christian music industry, or the Institute for Air Science, which offers a bachelor’s degree program with a foundation in liberal arts and focuses on aeronautical theory and application to teach students how to become pilots.


Baylor University gained accreditation in 1914 from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, and has maintained it ever since. Many of the university’s individual programs have gained specialized accreditation from nationally recognized accrediting agencies. These programs include law, accredited by the American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar in 1931, clinical psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation in 1976, and nursing, accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education in 2000.


Baylor University Admissions is divided into five areas: undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, Baylor Law School, social work graduate programs, and George W. Truett Theological Seminary. The admissions requirements differ for each area. For example, undergraduate applicants must submit the undergraduate application form, have satisfactory scores on the SAT or ACT, turn in their high school transcripts with grade point average, class rank, and proof of graduation. On the other hand, Baylor Law School applicants must have satisfactory scores on the LSAT, register with the Credential Assembly Service, submit a personal statement, an addendum, letters of recommendation, their resume, and information regarding academic achievement, extra-curricular activities, and more. For information about the admissions requirements for the program you are considering, contact the Admissions Office.

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