Baylor University Announces Fall Enrollment

September 14, 2022
Students First Day of Fall 2022 Classes

Baylor University walk along Fifth Street on their way to classes on the first day of the Fall 2022 semester. (Robert Rogers/Baylor University)

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 14, 2022) – Baylor University announced its official fall enrollment today, including an overall enrollment that topped 20,000.

According to official 12th class day statistics from Baylor’s Office of Institutional Research and Testing, Baylor enrolled 20,709 students this fall. The University’s overall student body reflects 38.3% underrepresented minority enrollment with students from out-of-state at nearly 43%.

An intentionally smaller fall 2022 freshman class of 3,296 students maintained its high academic quality with SAT and ACT test scores and the percentage of high-ability students all up year over year. The decision to bring in a smaller class was due to two large “COVID classes” that enrolled in fall 2021 (4,271 freshmen) and fall 2020 (3,731 freshmen). The diversity among the 2022 freshman class includes underrepresented minority enrollment at 35.4% and out-of-state enrollment at nearly 46%.

Baylor also received a record number of applications during the fall 2022 admissions cycle at nearly 51,000, up 13% year over year. The University also accepted 10% less of applicants, a sign of Baylor’s growing selectivity.

Undergraduate enrollment was reported at 15,213 students, although Baylor’s strategic enrollment management plan is focused on reducing that number below 15,000. With the record fall 2021 class completing its freshman year, the one-year freshman retention rate from fall 2021 to fall 2022 rose two points to 90.2%.

Enrollment in Baylor’s expanding graduate and professional programs, including online programs, increased to 5,496 students.

“Baylor’s compelling vision of a Christian university that values the highest level of research and scholarship while continuing to uphold its faith commitment is resonating with students and families across the country,” said President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “Despite a pandemic and other challenges faced by higher education today, we continue to see rising demand for a Baylor education that offers the unique combination of academic excellence, a distinctively Christian mission, our midsize and Power 5 athletics. Our students are excited about Baylor and excited to get a world-class education while participating in an enriching student experience.”


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.