Facts that you might not know about Baylor students

What’s All the Buzz About?

Events and programs that shine a light on our diverse community are not new at Baylor. But an entire week-long, deep dive into many of the enriching facets of the Baylor community? That is new!! Gear up for an exciting week-long initiative entitled Know Your Neighbor Week during the week of November 8. Be ready to get curious about your neighbors, where they come from, what their Baylor experience is like, how you might be a good neighbor, and how they enrich our lives and the Baylor community.    

Did you know?

Consider these facts about our community this fall:

  • 17% of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to be earning a Bachelor’s degree. That’s a tremendous accomplishment! We celebrate them at Baylor as First In Line students.
  • With a Pre-Law cohort of over 1,300 students, 89% of seniors who apply to law school are admitted to 1 or more law schools.
  • Over 2,750 undergraduates are considered low income, coming from families whose Estimated Family Contribution is less than $12,500.
  • Food Insecurity exists on our campus. In September, 613 visits were made to The Store, Baylor’s on-campus food pantry located in Sid Richardson.
  • When asked, “Since the beginning of classes, I have eaten less than I felt I should have because I did not have enough money,” 672 of our new students answered “yes.”
  • Each year 25 McNair Scholars, which are comprised of undergraduate first generation and/or underrepresented students who are interested in going on to graduate school, participate in Faculty mentored research, conferences, presentations, and professional-development resulting in over 60% of them being admitted directly into graduate programs, all across the country, including fully funded PhDs.
  • Many moderate and low-income students struggle to afford class textbooks which cost on average $340.00 per semester. Faculty members have been invited to consider transitioning their course materials to Open Educational Resources to help mitigate these costs.
  • 17% of students and 5% of faculty identify as Hispanic. When Baylor student enrollment hits 25% Hispanic, Baylor will be considered a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
  • The Asian American & Hispanic student population has been increasing in recent years while there has been an overall decline with our African American student population.
  • Over 1,500 students at Baylor are actively registered and receive accommodations through OALA (the Office of Access & Learning Accommodation).
  • Baylor boasts over 1,000 military connected students. These include veterans, active duty, those serving in the reserves or National Guard, dependents of a military service person, or spouse of a military service person.
  • Baylor has 860 international students representing 87 countries!  Many international students made it back to campus this fall after being in their home countries for a semester or two!

When we shine a light on the experience of lower income students among us, the most frequent response we hear is, “How can I help?”

If that applies to you, we invite you to step up and:

  • Give directly to The Food Security Endowment created by the Faculty Senate and Staff Council to ensure we can minimize food insecurity for future students at Baylor;
  • Give to The Store Excellence account to help meet the needs of current students;
  • Drop some canned goods in boxes that are located in lobbies of buildings across campus.

Questions or suggestions about Know Your Neighbor Week?