Baylor University

Waco, TX 76798
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Baylor University (BU) is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas. It was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, making it one of the oldest universities in Texas and one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River. It is located near the Brazos River and includes a 1,000-acre campus. It is the largest Baptist university campus. The university is structured into twelve different colleges and schools, including the Louise Herrington School of Nursing. BU has received recognition for its academic programs, including ranking second in the nation for marketing programs. It was also tied for 71st-best national universities according to a 2017 ranking from US News & World Report. 

The BU Louise Herrington School of Nursing offers traditional BSN, accelerated BSN, MSN, DNP, and BSN to DNP nursing programs. These programs are all accredited by the CCNE. With the traditional BSN program, students may complete their prerequisite courses at any of the Baylor University campuses. However, the final two years are completed at the Waco campus and include clinical rotations and lab experiences. The accelerated BSN program also offers clinical and lab experiences, along with hybrid learning. Accelerated BSN students will complete classes online and on campus.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleMidsize City
Number of Students17,059
Student to Faculty Ratio14:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate90%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 15 193
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 0
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 96.6%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1914 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
03/03/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1190 to 1360
ACT26 to 31
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,650/credit
In State Students$1,650/credit
Out of State Students$1,650/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$1,650/credit
In State Students$1,650/credit
Out of State Students$1,650/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $74,250 $74,250 $74,250
ADN 70 $115,500 $115,500 $115,500
BSN 125 $206,250 $206,250 $206,250
FNP 50 $82,500 $82,500 $82,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 98% of Baylor University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 17% $4,345
Other Federal Grant 5% $963
State Grant & Scholarships 19% $3,710
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 97% $19,812
Federal Student Loans 46% $5,504
Private Loans 12% $23,116


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$26,321
$30,001 to $48,000$28,158
$48,001 to $75,000$31,484
$75,001 to $110,000$33,706
Over $110,000$41,004

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Texas state board of nursing.
Baylor University

Waco, TX 76798

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