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Baylor's academic programs

KaiserMonkeyKaiserMonkey Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
edited April 2007 in Baylor University
This is a question to anyone currently attending Baylor (or anyone who's considering the school and thinks they have something important to add to this discussion). How do you feel about the academics at Baylor? Are your classes enjoyable? About what percentage of your professors are "detached" and what percent actually care about students and classes? What are your class sizes like? If you currently attend Baylor, do you regret it or would you gladly do it all over again?

The reason I ask is because I'm pretty much down to two colleges, Baylor and Austin College in Sherman, Texas. AC is smaller, seems more academically oriented, and is less religious; however, Baylor, being bigger, does have a few of those bigger-college benefits (like better lab equipment, better relationships with outside corporations or institutes), and I'm getting $13,000 more a year from Baylor than from Austin College.

Thanks in advance!
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Replies to: Baylor's academic programs

  • BookAddictBookAddict Registered User Posts: 669 Member
    I'm in the BIC, so my experience is somewhat different than that of the regular Baylor student. (If you haven't applied to the BIC, I really encourage you to do so. The priority deadline has passed, but I believe they are still taking applicants.)

    Anyway, I really like all my classes. I feel they are challenging, but not overwhelmingly so. Also, most of my professors seem to really care about students and classes. They seem to go above and beyond what they're required to do.

    That said, I know there are professors who aren't as good, and don't seem to care about students or classes. I've been lucky (plus, the BIC tends to get some of the better professors). Since I've only been here about a year, I can't guess at the percentage of good vs. bad professors.

    I love most of my classes. Many lectures are boring, yes. But overall the classes are really interesting, especially with some of my professors. Also, the BIC places a large emphasis on discussion, which I really enjoy.

    My class sizes are small (though part of that is because I'm in the BIC and don't take most of the regular intro classes.) Most are around 20 students. My physics lecture is much larger (100-200, I'm horrible at guessing), and my Comp Sci. class last semester had 100 or so. Labs are much smaller, but they're taught by TAs usually. Oh, we do have large group BIC lectures with all 200 students, but your actual class size (with an actual professor) is around 20 students.

    I'm glad I'm at Baylor. It's not perfect, and occasionally I wonder what it would be like to attend a different school. But for the most part, I like where I am.
  • ChurryChurry Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    I am currently a Baylor freshman and I love it here.

    Despite the fact that Baylor does have a relatively high acceptance rate, depending on what you are studying, the academics are difficult. I was a Psychology/Pre-Dent major coming into Baylor but I decided to switch after failing the Intro to Biology class twice. This is something that isn't uncommon at Baylor either, it happens to many. I'm not saying it's insanely difficult, it is just a lot of work.
    My classes so far have been great, I know I am only a freshman but I have only had one professor that did not seem to care about students. They are all more than willing to talk to you whether it be about your class or just to talk. I've also had professors schedule times to have lunch with students, something that I haven't heard of from other colleges.
    The sizes depend also on the classes you are taking. Since most of Baylor is majoring in biology those classes tend to be relatively large. The "basics" can also be large, for example my religion classes have been in an a auditorium because there were so many students. My roommate who was taking the same class, different professor only had a little over 20 in her religion class. Again, it all just depends.
    I love it here at Baylor and to be honest I miss being here because Baylor has sort of become my home. The people here are amazing, there is lots to do, regardless of what many may say. You make it your own, you have to know how to have fun.
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