Baylor topped enrollment milestones for the diversity of its student body, enrolled a highly selective, high-achieving freshman class and advanced its retention and graduation rates to record levels, according to 12th class day statistics from Baylor’s Office of Institutional Research and Testing (IRT).
“This data provides another indication of Baylor’s strength and resilience, starting with our freshman class exceeding our enrollment projections. Not only are they exceptional students from all across the nation and world, this class is the most selective and most diverse class in Baylor’s history,” Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, PhD, said. “Overall, we have continued our positive momentum with record-high retention and graduation rates, a testament to the hard work and dedication of our outstanding faculty, staff and students.”
Baylor’s student body is the most diverse ever at the University with overall minority enrollment up to 35.3 percent from 34.6 percent last year.
Baylor’s freshman enrollment of 3,320 students reveals that:
Another significant statistic involved the advancement in the University’s retention and graduation rates.
Over the past eight years, Baylor has improved its fall-to-fall retention among freshmen by nearly 9 percentage points. The latest retention rate from fall 2016 to fall 2017 increased to a record 89.5 percent.
The retention rate among all Baylor undergraduates from fall 2016 to fall 2017 is 91.2 percent, also the highest ever.
Baylor’s graduation rates continue to move forward at a record pace. Data from IRT shows:
Baylor’s overall enrollment measured at 17,059 students. The University has enrolled 14,316 undergraduate students and 2,743 graduate and professional students in the Graduate School, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Baylor Law School, Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the online MBA program in the Hankamer School of Business and Baylor/U.S. Army affiliated degree programs.