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September 21, 2012
Baylor University has enrolled 15,364 students in fall 2012, the University's largest overall enrollment in its 167-year history, as well as another high-achieving and near-record freshman class, according to official 12th-day enrollment statistics compiled by the Office of Institutional Research
Baylor's previous overall enrollment record was set last fall
as 15,029 students attended the university.
Baylor enrolled 3,254 high-achieving freshmen, only five off the record set in 2010, when 3,259 freshmen enrolled at Baylor. The academic quality of the freshmen class continued to be robust, with the entering class averaging 1234 on the SAT and 26.9 on the ACT. Seventy-two percent of Baylor freshmen were ranked in the top quartile of their high school classes.
Diversity among the entering class remains strong with minority enrollment among Baylor's freshman class at 34 percent, up from 32.5 percent last year and the fifth consecutive fall above 30 percent.
Overall in fall 2012, Baylor has enrolled:
12,918 undergraduates, a record number of undergraduates at the University,
2,221 students in the Graduate School and professional programs, including Baylor Law School, George W. Truett Theological Seminary and Baylor School of Social Work, and
225 students in Baylor/U.S. Army affiliated graduate degree programs.
In addition, the IRT report showed that the retention rate among Baylor's freshmen from fall 2011 to fall 2012 increased again to a record 86.6 percent, up from 85.4 percent in 2011 and 81.9 percent in 2010.
The enrollment report comes as Baylor was ranked No. 77 in the latest "Best Colleges" rankings by U.S.News & World Report
, making Baylor the second-ranked university in the Big 12 and the fifth-ranked university in Texas. U.S.News
also gave high marks to Baylor's undergraduate engineering program, ranking at No. 13 among universities with the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs."
In the Hankamer School of Business, Baylor's undergraduate business program moved up 13 places in this year's U.S.News
rankings to No. 56, tied with 15 other universities. Baylor's entrepreneurship program - which was one of the first of its kind in the country - is rated the 13th among the nation's best entrepreneurship programs.
See www.baylor.edu/news for a complete summary of rankings.