Baylor has record enrollment, academically strong freshman class


Baylor is setting new records for enrollment in all three categories: overall, graduate and undergraduate.

Officials also say freshman retention is up along with graduation rate.

Here are the official numbers for Baylor’s 2016 fall enrollment:

•Record total of 16,959 students, surpassing last fall’s enrollment record of 16,787 students

•Record undergraduate enrollment of 14,348 students, up from 14,189 students in fall 2015

•Continued strong diversity among the Baylor student body, with overall minority enrollment up to 34.6 percent in fall 2016

School of Social Work, the online MBA program in the Hankamer School of Business and Baylor/U.S. Army affiliated degree programs.

Baylor’s freshman enrollment of 3,503 is the second-largest freshman class, behind only 2014’s class of 3,625 first-year students.

The academic preparedness of the 2016 freshman class also is the highest in University history. 

the strength of the freshman class is also highly rated:

•The freshman Academic Index – a combination of high school rank, test scores and GPA – is 158.8 and continues the rise in Baylor freshman academic strength.

•The majority of freshmen – 62 percent, the largest ever – took the ACT and reported an average score of 28.1. For those students who reported an SAT score, the average this year was 1220.

•41.2 percent of this year’s freshmen were in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

•Diversity among first-year students remains strong with minority enrollment among the freshman class at 34.2 percent, up from 33.5 percent in 2015.

•More than 28 percent of the freshman class reported a legacy connection to Baylor.

•Out-of-state freshman enrollment increased to more than a third of the class – a record 35.7 percent – up from 33 percent in fall 2015. They represent 47 states and 27 countries.

Other than Texas, the top states for freshmen are California (285), Colorado (99), Illinois (71), Arizona (42) and Tennessee (42).

“We are very pleased to see the message of Baylor University is reaching more students every day around the nation,” said Jennifer Carron, associate vice president of undergraduate enrollment.

“This class will enable our graduates to have a more far-reaching alumni base with whom to connect, leading them to better opportunities throughout their careers.

“As we expand our reach throughout the United States and the world, Baylor will continue to fulfill its mission to empower graduates to become worldwide leaders, expanding the caring, Christian community both at home and abroad.” 

The latest retention rate from fall 2015 to fall 2016 increased to a record 89 percent among Baylor’s first-time freshmen. 

For students who may qualify to go to Baylor but may not be able to afford it can look at programs called; First In Line, for students who are first generation college students and the Baylor Bound Program, which helps students transfer from a community college. 

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