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Academics

Tiny and intimate Baker University is a Methodist-affiliated liberal arts college in eastern Kansas with a broad and fairly flexible set of general education requirements. Business, education, and nursing are reportedly among the best academic programs here, and the excellent student-to-teach ratio and small classrooms "allow you to ask questions and get a better understanding of the topic" at hand. Another highlight is Baker's January term, which allows students to focus on one course, complete an internship, or study abroad. Also, 98 percent of all graduates end up with a real job or in graduate school within six months of receiving their diplomas. "I have been able to also make numerous business contacts through my professors that have and will continue to help me with job searching," says a junior. "Baker's best attribute is the faculty," as "the professors are here to teach, not to conduct research." The school "does everything possible to make approaching professors an unintimidating process." Faculty often "provide home/cell phone numbers so that you can contact them whenever you need help," and they are "committed to helping their students engage in critical thinking." You will, however, get some professors you love and some you don't, such as the ones that "read straight from a PowerPoint presentation in a dull voice." The administration is "hit-or-miss." Many staff members are "highly accessible and personable." Others "get attitudes with the students."

Student Body

The student population at Baker is reportedly very generic." There's a smattering of minority students and international students but, on the whole, Baker is "homogenous." While the diversity may be "disappointing" to some, it "has improved considerably" in recent years, and Baker students are "extremely open to new types of people and personalities." Students here describe themselves as "Midwestern," "conservative," and "friendly," and many were raised in a "Christian" house. They are also "very down to earth" and help contribute to the "home-like environment." In addition to the sizeable population of student athletes and Greeks (about 50 percent for each) you'll find many students who are "working while going through college." "The student body at Baker is very clique-oriented," but exclusivity isn't much of a problem, and everyone "gets along well."

Campus Life

Baker's compact campus is about a two-by-three block radius," and "everything is just a couple minutes walk away." The school has a policy that everyone must live on campus, which is deemed "unfair" by some students, but at least the entire campus is wired and "the athletic facilities are top-notch for select sports," even if several campus buildings and resources are "showing their age." Baker offers several ministry programs, and it's reportedly very easy to get involved in extracurricular activities such as the student newspaper. "Campus activities…are constantly being held," though some are "very poorly attended." "Intramurals are popular," notes a sophomore. A few intercollegiate sports have a following as well, and "choir members, band members, and theater participants spend a large portion of their time every week in these activities." "There isn't much to do" in "tiny" Baldwin City, and students frequently go to the KU home city of Lawrence, "an oasis of nightlife" some 20 miles away that provides "a great destination to get away on the weekends or for weeknight dinner." There are many different avenues for a student to pursue in order to fit in, and "many students are athletes, Greeks or both." Greek life is "an enormous part of campus," and most activities and social events take place between the fraternities and sororities. Studying may dominate the week, but "the drinking culture is as strong as it has ever been" and "Friday and Saturday are all about the parties." However, many students, especially freshmen, "tend to go home over the weekends if they are not involved in sports or some other activity."

Overview

Applicants
795
Acceptance Rate
87%
Average HS GPA
3.49

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
19%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

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ACT Test Scores

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 25

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Non-Academic

Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
100
with Terminal Degree
58

52
Men
48
Women
4
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Majors

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business/Commerce, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Secondary Education and Teaching.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • German Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Public Health, General.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Human Biology.
  • International/Global Studies.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General.
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science.
  • Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies.
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Economics, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. Warren Ault
Class of 1907; Rhodes Scholar; Historian

Dr. Jared Grantham
Class of 1958; Distinguished Prof at KU Med School

Dr. Irmagene Holloway
Class of 1922; First woman doctorate in safety ed.

Michael J. McCarthy
Class of 1987; Head coach of NFL Green Bay Packers

Dr. Raymond D. Pruitt
Class of 1933; Rhodes Scholar; Physician

Bishop Bennett J. Sims
Class of 1943; Former Bishop (Episcopal Diocese)

Rev. Charles R. Stith
Class of 1973; Former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
41%
Graduate in 5 years
54%
Graduate in 6 years
57%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,000

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,142

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,972

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
70%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,937

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,229

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$29,300
Required Fees
$450
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$4,500
Transportation for Commuters
$2,400

On-Campus Room and Board
$8,410
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,159
Foreign Countries Represented
15

Demographics

1.41%
American Indian or Alaskan Native
10.19%
African-American
8.43%
Hispanic
68.97%
Caucasian
1.87%
Unknown
3.04%
International

52% female
48% male
24% are out of state
73% are full time
27% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
83%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
97%

Campus Environment
Rural

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Student Academic Success

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Kathy Wilson

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
75
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
4
Number of Religious Organizations
3

44% join a fraternity
47% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

45% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Wildcats)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Wildcats)
11 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Peer support groups are organized through the Counseling Center within the Student Development Office.

Minority Support Groups: Activities and services are organized through the Office of Multicultural Affairs within the Student Development Office.

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kansas
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Kansas

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
95

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Kim Hubbel
Welcome Center Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
618 8th St PO Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065

Phone
785-594-8325

Email
admissions@bakeru.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Library
Daily Grind
Osborne Chapel
Long Student Center
Mulvane Science Hall

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Royal Crest Bowling Alley
El Patron Mexican Restaurant
Maple Leaf Festival
Downtown Lawrence, KS
Country Club Plaza (Kansas City, MO)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday - Friday
8 am to 4:30 pm
785-594-8325

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
During campus visit

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@bakeru.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
No transportation is available. Kansas City International Airport is 70 minutes away.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Kansas City, Take I-35 S to Hwy 56 W. 56 Hwy will bring you into Baldwin City. Turn South on 6th street then right at Dearborn. The visitors center is located at 718 Dearborn in Denious Hall

Local Accommodations
The Lodge, 3 Sisters Inn. More lodging available 20 minutes away in Lawrence, KS.


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