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Campus Living and Learning provides on-campus housing in more than ten single-gender residential communities that enable students to live and learn together in supportive environments that address the academic, spiritual, and personal needs of each student. The North Village Residential Community, which incorporates the Engineering and Computer Science Living-Learning Center, opened in fall 2004. Housing options are detailed at http://www.baylor.edu/housing. All freshmen are required to live on campus. Housing applications are not accepted prior to admission to the University. Priority for housing is based on the date the housing application is received in the Campus Living and Learning Office. For late applicants, priority is based on the date the housing deposit is received.
In addition to the undergraduate degree programs, Baylor offers seventy-five master’s and twenty-one doctoral degree programs. The Baylor School of Law offers the Juris Doctor degree. Graduate work is offered through the Graduate School with the College of Arts and Sciences; Hankamer School of Business; the Schools of Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Music, and Social Work; in the Louise Herrington School of Nursing at Dallas; and in the U.S. Army Academy of Health Sciences at San Antonio. The George W. Truett Theological Seminary offers the Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees.
Location and Community
Baylor's faculty numbers 770, and 90 percent hold the highest degree offered in their fields. Ninety-two percent of all classes are taught by faculty members. Most faculty members are actively engaged in research, several hold special chairs in their respective fields, and all are dedicated to challenging and teaching students. All faculty members work with undergraduates and serve as academic advisers to the students. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1, and a typical class numbers 29 students.
Students may enroll in summer study-abroad programs in Cuba, Cyprus, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, and Wales. One-year exchange programs are available with universities in Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, China, England, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Slovakia, South Africa, Thailand, and Uzbekistan.
The College of Arts and Sciences, Hankamer School of Business, Honors College, and the Schools of Education and Social Work offer departmental and intra-university programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Bachelor of Science in Aviation Sciences (B.S.A.S.), Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed.), Bachelor of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences (B.S.F.C.S.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degrees. Undergraduate majors in these schools and colleges include accounting; administrative information systems; American studies; anthropology; applied mathematics; archaeology; architecture (with Washington University); art; art history; Asian studies; aviation sciences; basic business; biblical and related languages; biochemistry; biology; business administration; businessbroadcasting; businessjournalism; chemistry; child and family studies; classics; communication sciences and disorders; communication specialist studies; computer information systems; computer science; dentistry (combination program with an accredited dental school); design; earth sciences; economics; elementary education; English; entrepreneurship; environmental studies; fashion design; fashion merchandising; finance; financial services/planning; foreign service; forensic science; forestry (final year at Duke University); French; general family and consumer science; general studies in health, human performance, and recreation; geography; geology; geophysics; German; great texts; Greek; health; health/fitness studies; health science studies; history; human resources management; information systems; insurance; interdisciplinary studies; interior design; international business; international studies; journalism; Latin; Latin American studies; language and linguistics; law; lifeearth science; management; marketing; mathematics; medical technology and biology; medicine (combination program with an accredited medical school); museum studies; music; neuroscience; nutrition sciences, operations management; optometry (combination program with an accredited optometry school); performance; philosophy; physical education; physical science; physics; political science; professional selling; professional writing; psychology; public administration; real estate; recreation; regional/urban studies; religion; risk management and insurance; Russian (9 hours required with another Russian program); science; secondary education; Slavic studies; social studies; social work; sociology; Spanish; special education; speech and language therapy; speech communication; sports sponsorship and sales; studio art; telecommunication; theater arts; and university scholars. In addition, programs are available in predentistry, predental hygiene, premedicine, preoccupational therapy, pre-optometry, prephysical therapy, prepharmacy, and preveterinary medicine.
The School of Engineering and Computer Science offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Engineering (B.S.E.), Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering (B.S.E.C.E.), and Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (B.S.M.E.) degrees with majors in electrical and computer engineering, engineering, and mechanical engineering. The school also offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (B.S.C.S.) and the Bachelor of Science in Informatics (B.S.I.).
The School of Music offers programs of study leading to the Bachelor of Music (B.M.) degree in applied music, church music, composition, history and literature, pedagogy, and theory. The Bachelor of Music Education (B.M.E.) degree is designed for prospective teachers in public schools and offers concentrations in choral and instrumental instruction.
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing combines a liberal arts curriculum and professional preparation in a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) degree. Nursing majors complete their first two years on the Waco campus and then move to Dallas for two years in the professional component of the curriculum.
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Baylor University Student Government, whose members are elected by popular vote, is a vital and influential force in campus activities. With more than 300 active student organizations, numerous traditional events, special involvement programs, entertainment programs, and leadership laboratories, there are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved in campus life.
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Admission Requirements / Application
Students who wish to transfer to Baylor and who have completed at least 30 semester hours must present official transcripts from each college attended verifying a minimum overall grade point average of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) and must be eligible to return to the last school attended. Transfer students who seek admission with fewer than 30 semester hours must meet all the admission requirements for beginning freshmen. In addition, all transfer students must meet the same minimum course requirements for admission that are required for beginning freshmen. A student may present a high school transcript or a college transcript to verify that the course requirements have been fulfilled. Transfer students should plan to apply no later than the end of their sophomore year in order to meet the Baylor residence requirement of 60 semester hours.
Baylor offers admission to a limited number of superior high school students who have completed their junior year through an Advanced Studies/Early Admission Program. Applicants must rank in the top 10 percent of their class, score at least 1300 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT, and have recommendations from both the high school counselor and principal. Interviews and campus visits are recommended.
Notifications of acceptance are based on a review of an applicant's complete file and begin by mid-September on a rolling admission basis. The complete file includes a general application for admission with a $50 application fee (the online application is free), an official high school transcript giving the applicant's rank in class, and official scores on the SAT or ACT. To receive early consideration for admission, students are urged to apply in September, when the process begins.