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Baylor University

About Baylor University

Baylor University was established in 1845 in Independence, Texas, but its roots spread back to 1841 with the Union Baptist Association petitioning for a school. It has since moved to its present-day home in Waco, Texas. The university is true to its Baptist origins, remaining a Christian school at heart and offering students a program for entering the ministry.

Today, the institution enrolls approximately 14,500 students, 12,000 of which are undergraduates. Baylor University offers 146 undergraduate degree programs, 76 master's degree programs and 26 doctoral programs, including the Juris Doctor, across its ten colleges.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

Potential Baylor University students must submit an application electronically. They must also send in an official high school transcript completed through the junior year at least that shows a class ranking in addition to SAT or ACT scores. Students may offer supplementary information to their applications, such as letters of recommendation, portfolios or personal statements, but these items are not required by the college.

Schools and Colleges of Baylor University

George W. Truett Theological Seminary

The George W. Truett Theological Seminary was made an official part of the university in 1991. However, the name was reserved a year earlier for Baylor University's sole use. The school's degree programs include Master of Theological Studies, Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. Additionally, the Master of Divinity program can be taken jointly with either Master of Music or Master of Social Work programs.

Hankamer School of Business

The departments of the Hankamer School of Business are management and entrepreneurship; accounting and business law; finance, insurance and real estate; information systems; economics and marketing. The school has around 2,700 undergraduates and 250 graduate students. These students are offered 24 undergraduate majors that lead to theBachelor of Business Administration as well as 17 graduate programs to choose from.

Louise Herrington School of Nursing

Louise Herrington School of Nursing is a small college at Baylor University that offers the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing. Admission to the school is fairly strict; students aren't considered part of the college until they've completed the prerequisites for their desired degree program and have been admitted. Undergraduate students my opt to try for admission to an accelerated degree program called FastBacc, but the school only admits about 15 students per semester to this program.

College of Arts and Sciences

Baylor University's College of Arts and Sciences has 27 academic areas across the departments of social and behavioral sciences, arts and humanities and natural sciences departments. The college enrolls about 7,000 students, 6,400 of which are undergraduates. Scholars who plan to go into pre-law, pre-med or who want an ROTC option will find it through this college.

School of Education

Baylor University School of Education enrolls approximately 1,350 of the university's students, 1,025 of which are undergraduate students. The school is composed of the curriculum and instruction; educational psychology; health, human performance and recreation and educational administration departments. They offer students two undergraduate programs that culminate in bachelor's degrees with various majors and credential options, and have approximately 15 graduate degree programs across the college's four departments.

School of Engineering and Computer Science

The School of Engineering and Computer Science's history with the university extends back to 1973, but the school was officially established in 1995. The college student body is made up of about 500 scholars that are enrolled in one of the college's five undergraduate programs or five graduate degree programs.

School of Music

Baylor's School of Music enrolls about 400 students. The school has 20 different departments, but only four are academic departments. These are music history and literature, music theory, composition and church music. The other 16 departments offer supplementary studies for training in specific instrument groups or band types. The four academic departments each offer students a single undergraduate and graduate degree program.

School of Social Work

The School of Social Work at Baylor University offers Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work programs. It also offers multiple fieldwork programs that allow students to aid in the relief and healthcare of others in various countries while earning credits towards their degrees.

Law School

The Baylor Law School offers its students the Juris Doctorate degree. This 3-year degree program can be taken jointly with a Master of Public Policy and Administration, Master of Business Administration or Master of Taxation program.

Graduate School

The Graduate School at Baylor University oversees the graduate colleges of Hankamer School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, Louise Herrington School of Nursing, the School of Education and the School of Music. Through these schools and colleges, it is the Graduate School that offers the various master's degree programs and doctoral programs students can take.

Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Speight Av., Waco, TX 76798
  • Phone Number: (254) 710-1011
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