What kind of students go to Baylor? Well we've definitely got some Christians but we've also got some atheists (which makes for some very interesting debates in religion class) There are many different religious and racial backgrounds. There are also lesbians and gays however Baylor would like to pretend that there are not. I call it Baylor in denial and if you come to Baylor you might find a few other things "not at Baylor"...such as hazing in fraternities. Are Baylor students rich? Honestly...yes a lot of Baylor students have money. If you look at the price of tuition you will see why. However, not all Baylor students are wealthy; there are a lot of scholarships, financial aid, and other opportunities to come to school here. Unfortunately, there are also students who have to transfer out after one year when they can't afford it anymore. TIp: When budgeting account for books they are expensive and food, you will probably have to eat. What do most students wear to class? Well I am not gonna lie...if you're a girl (especially if your in a sorority) you better have some tights, a few over sized t shirts, and some rain boots. Also necessary is anything north face, ugg boots, nike shorts, and sperrys. Although this may feel like the only outfit you see at our school, its actually not. Mainly you notice it because most of them look ridiculous and most of them look exactly the same. Don't get me wrong I am not "hating" on sorority girls and frat guys...I am actually a sorority girl too, I just happen to think ugg boots are UGGly. I am also pretty sure these style trends run rampant at other colleges as well. If you decide on Baylor and love UGG boots; congratulations! If not look at it as a great opportunity to flaunt your own awesome style...that is if you have more time than just enough to brush your teeth and grab you're books in the morning after a late night of studying/partying (whatever you're into).
Baylor has a pretty homogenous crowd, but where there is diversity there is usually segregation as well. If you're a minority, you'll usually join a sorority/fraternity for that minority. If you're liberal, you'll usually hang out with the more liberal crowd. I wouldn't say that the students have anything against each other, but that's just how it usually works out. Most students would probably find their niche on campus, though if you're not Christian, you might find it difficult to put up with chapel and the religion classes. Students usually are pretty casually dressed for class. Many girls wear Nike running shorts and t-shirts or jeans and casual shirts. Sometimes girls will wear dresses and skirts, but it's never a big deal--there are a lot of different styles in one classroom. Most Baylor students are from east/central Texas and there's a good chance their parents went to Baylor as well. A lot of girls even stayed in the same room their mothers stayed in when they were at Baylor (which I always though was kinda creepy). Most students are also middle/upper class, but there's diversity in that and most (but not all) students are okay with students from different backgrounds financially. Students aren't too politically active--we don't ever have protests or rallies. We're pretty conservative though as a whole, though maybe not as conservative as some would like to believe. For some reason, a lot of people from my city thought that I'd be coming to a school with a lot of gay guys, but I really haven't seen to much of it--I may just be naive about that, though. Most students plan on living a charmed life of wealth and importance... and their kids coming to Baylor, too.
Oh the students...I am not a fan. Baylor students are self-righteous brats. Baylor is exaclty like high school in the sense that everything is competition. Everyone gossips about each other and cares way too much about who is dating who. There are the popular kids and the wannabes, and everybody knows them. It is so stupid. Baylor kids do not care about anyone but themselves. You have a lot of rich Texans at Baylor who flaunt their money around. Girls can be pretty snobby and act like they are way too cool. Then you read about them on juicycampus.com and find out that they are promiscuous and stupid drunks. Seriously, the gossip at Baylor has got to end. Baylor will block porn sites (for obvious reasons) but they will not protect their student body by banning juicycampus.com, a site where you can anonymously post ANYTHING about ANYONE and EVERYONE at Baylor will read it. People will stab you in the back! Horrible things are said about girls and guys and their reputations are ruined. Their names are pinned on the internet. Also, beware of the guys at Baylor. There are NO cute boys. Do not come to Baylor looking for a sweet cowboy to sweep you off your feet. Baylor guys are jerks and partiers who care nothing about finding a girl for the night. The only place you will find them is in KOT, and the good ones are already taken.
They are many different racial groups, religious backgroundsl, and soci-economic backgounds at Baylor University. I am a Catholic and of Hispanic origin that attends Baylor. During the three years that I have attended Baylor I have not had any indescretions about my race or faith. All types of faith and race are welcomed at Baylor and our supported greatly. I come from weahlty family and have a privileged background and I still have several friends from different soci-economic backgounds and they are very close friends. Which proves at Baylor people from all different types of backgrounds come together. The type of student that will most likely feel out of place at Baylor would be a anti-social student, that does want to participate in any extracurriculars. But if the student does have this type of personality they would still be welcomed and then left alone as the person wishes. You can find a typical Baylor student wearing athletic confertable clothes or jeans/shorts and a t-shirt to class and then thier a few that go all out and dress up to go to class. Students from around the world attend Baylor and interact with each other, but most of the students are from Texas. Students are politically aware and active, during student elections there are signs all over campus and the canidates are active all over campus.
If you are: poor, emo, unkempt, gutter-minded, gay, or lesbian RUN AWAY! You will feel extremely out of place at Bayor University. Why? Because here are a bunch of Christians in a large group and you should always fear ignorant people in large groups. I will not be mentioning names but I have known two nomosexual friends who have been not exactly kicked out but their lives made miserable by both students and staff until they transfered to another out of state university. I do know that being a Christian is an excellent thing, but you will find that even though Christians at Baylor claim to be open-minded and want to help you become a better person or be "saved" they often will hurt the minorites that Christians tend to condemn in the process. If you do choose to come to Baylor you can keep quiet and questions about things like this are not asked. The "don't ask don't tell" policy seems to be working quite well for me anyway. If you fit any of these categories think about how much you are willing to risk, how much you are willing to hide, and how much you are going to try to find friends like you. I promise, we all exist, we just hide.
Baylor has a pretty homogenous crowd. Mostly white, middle-upper class, conservative, and from central/east Texas. Anyone who doesn't fit that description usually sticks to a group other people that are like them. A non-Christian student would definitely feel out of place at Baylor because of the requirements for Chapel and Religion. Most Baylor students are from Dallas, Austin, Houston, etc. There are some out-of-staters though, and they fit in just fine, it's not a huge deal where you're from. Most students are also from wealthier families, since it is a private school. Students generally wear t-shirts and shorts to class. Sperry's are huge. There are a lot of students that dress regularly to class as well, jeans, and sometimes dresses. Students aren't necessarily the most politically active, maybe because we're not very liberal and outspoken.
Baylor as a university is very accepting of all people. Although it is a Baptist university, they do not discriminate religiously, racially, or in any other manner. I have seen just about all types of students around Baylor and meet many different types of people, and most of them seem very happy to be at Baylor. I do not think that many people would feel out of place. The students who attend Baylor typically come from fairly wealthy families, but that is not always the case. Baylor gives out a lot of scholarship money each year which helps many students attend. Politically, most students fall more towards the right than the left, but there are both represented. In addition, the majority of students are very driven which bodes well for their futures and can even rub off on those who don't have the same drive.
for me, the gay society is like entering into a secret society or the millitary. there is a big unwritten "don't ask don't tell" policy as far as the university is concerned. most students are pretty cool with it. but you can be expelled if your "homosexual acts" are found out by the university or if someone reports you. we tried to have a gay tolerance group thing and baylor completely shot it down. that's not saying we aren't here. there's a bunch of us! and things like facebook have made it alot easier to meet people. i dated a guy for 3 years! so don't worry about it too much, but if you're used to being prideful and fun like i was, be prepared to tone it down a notch.
Baylor's student body is pretty diverse as you will find at other colleges; pre-dominantly White, hovering around 50%, followed by black and asian, then hispanic and others. I have actually been surprised how many people of Indian and Middle Eastern dissent are here. The socio-economic range is also pretty consistent with other universities, any typical bell curve graph for a population matches that here at Baylor. The attitude of students here at Baylor is certainly more professional than at other universities; it's very common to find people dressed in ties going to class, but most people tend to wear whatever: basketball shorts, cargo shorts, polos, t-shirts, etc.
There's a group for almost everything. There's a lot of club teams, Cultural/Ethnic groups, religious groups, political groups, etc. Despite Baylor being a Christian campus, there are people of all religions (and no religions) here who find a place to be themselves. People are generaly friendly, but that's part of the whole Texas atmosphere. Most of the students are from Texas, but I had no problem getting involved as an out-of-stater. Really, this is a great mixing pot, I'm from Florida, would up rooming with a guy from California, and one from Michigan. People are helpful and study groups are easy to slap together.