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1311 S 5TH St, Waco, TX | Directions 7679831.547151 -97.120452
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Great school, not as conservative as you may think – I want to respond to the last rating which states that Baylor is very full of rules and ultra conservative. It may have been that way in the 90's when that person attended, but not so much so now. It is still Baptist, however, much of the strictness has been lessened. There are dances and plenty of male/female interaction. However, last year they just opened the first co-ed dorm. There are still visiting hours but go until 2:00 a.m. so it isn't so bad. Most students move off campus by junior year and many by sophomore year, so that factor really affects most students when they are freshman only and are getting used to being on their own. Chapel is still required but it is more or less character building and food for thought, not necessarily religious. The Greek scene may be big, but still only around 30% of students go Greek. There are plenty of other activities outside of Greek life.
If you or your student attends, be sure to check out the BIC program which is the educational jewel of the school. It is part of the Honors College but you do not have to be a genius to get in or do well, you just need to have a sincere interest in learning and willingness to work hard at your studies. The new dorm Brooks Hall is a fabulous place to live freshman year; beautiful surroundings and a sense of community helps in the transition to college. As a Baylor parent I am very pleased with my daughters experience her first year and find the school very easy to work with compared with my son?s college which is a small liberal arts school in PA. Sic ?em Bears!
Very conservative – Baylor is Baptist, so the fact that it's completely conservative shouldn't be surprising. But unless you're used to living with tons of rules and regulations, this may not be the place for you. When I was there (early '90s) dancing was not allowed on campus. All students had to take a semester of "chapel" and each degree included two semesters of some kind of religion class. The good thing about Baylor is that it 's not huge and overwhelming, everyone is really nice because this is Texas after all, and the professors are pretty good. One more thing: Baylor is very Greek. The majority of the student body pledges a sorority or fraternity.
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