Baylor student body sets records for diversity, retention and graduation rates
It’s hard to believe, but it’s almost been a month already since Baylor students started arriving on campus for Welcome Week. By now, class schedules are finalized, students’ routines are established, and the numbers are officially in for this year’s student body.
As always, the numbers are pretty impressive. The overall student body is comprised of 17,217 students — 14,188 undergraduate, and 3,029 graduate and professional. The retention rate among all Baylor undergraduates from last fall to this one increased to a record 91.6%, and Baylor’s most recent graduating classes set school records for four-year and six-year graduation rate (63.5% and 79%, respectively). Meanwhile, diversity numbers match Baylor’s best-ever, with minority enrollment at 35.3%.
As for our newest Bears, here’s a rundown of the Class of 2022 — which numbers 3,366 students. Nearly 40% of them were in the top 10% of their high school class. More than 32% reported a legacy connection to Baylor. More than 36% are minority students, and a record 38.6% hail from out of state. All told, #BU22 represents 47 states and 30 countries.
“Our freshman class is a testament to Baylor’s strength and resilience as we achieved our enrollment projections with the most academically qualified first-year class in our history,” says Baylor President Linda Livingstone. “We also are pleased with our overall retention and graduation rates and the diversity of our student body, for which we hold an unwavering commitment to fostering and nurturing. I appreciate the outstanding work of our faculty and staff to ensure our students are successful during their college years and when they graduate from the university as proud Baylor alumni.”
Sic ’em, Bears!
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