Baylor Establishes Wait List for Fall 2010 Freshman Class

March 29, 2010

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After receiving another record number of freshman applications, Baylor University has announced that it is establishing a wait list for the class entering fall 2010.

As of March 22, Baylor has received more than 33,000 applications, which is up 9 percent from this time last year and already well above last year's record total of 31,446 applications. Deposits also are running at historic highs for this time of year with nearly 3,500 students already paying the required fee to reserve a spot in next year's freshman class. The diversity and academic caliber of Baylor's incoming class also appear to be very strong. As of March 22, the average SAT and ACT scores of deposited students are significantly higher than last year at this time. Baylor expects to enroll a class of about 3,100 in the fall of 2010.

"An impressive volume of high-quality applicants has convinced us that Baylor remains a popular choice for accomplished students and forced us to create a wait list," said Jennifer L. Carron, assistant vice president of admissions at Baylor. "There are a number of very good students in the pipeline. While we are delighted to know that so many students are excited about a Baylor University education, we need to hit the pause button for now as we wait to get a clearer sense of the number of deposited students who will actually seek enrollment at Baylor in the fall."

Baylor is contacting current applicants about the opportunity to be placed on the wait list. Baylor will continue to review applications and remove qualified students from the wait list as space becomes available.

Baylor will continue to take deposits from accepted students until May 1.

"Against the backdrop of an economy that is still struggling to recover, talented students are choosing schools that provide a good value," Carron said. "Our data shows that interest in a distinctive Baylor University education remains strong, and we expect to enroll another exceptional class this coming fall."

For more information, contact Admission Services at 1-800-BAYLOR-U (option 1-1) or visit www.baylor.edu/admissions.

Media contact: Lori Fogleman, director of media communications, (254) 710-6275

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