Class Of 2012 Baylor's Second Largest, Most Diverse

September 2, 2008

More than 1,300 volunteers pitched in during Move-In Days, August 21-22, to welcome this fall's freshman class--the class of 2012--to campus as the second-largest and most diverse class in Baylor history.

Final numbers were not available as this issue went to press, but the class was expected to number more than 3,000 for only the second time in Baylor history. The Fall 2005 freshman class set the record with 3,168 students.

The class continues the University's trend of attracting high-achieving students to Baylor. The students' average SAT score of 1210 represents the third consecutive year that incoming Baylor freshmen have averaged more than 1200 on their test scores.

This fall's incoming class is also the most diverse group of freshmen Baylor has ever welcomed, with minority enrollment improving to 31 percent. Over the past three years, Baylor's minority enrollment among freshmen has increased 30 percent; among Hispanic students, it has increased 40 percent.

When final numbers are tallied, Baylor's total undergraduate population is expected to surpass 12,000 for the first time since 2001. Total enrollment could surpass the record 14,221 that attended Baylor that same year.

More than 40 percent of Baylor undergraduates will be living on campus this fall. The total number of students living on campus--an estimated 4,750 students--will be the most ever to reside on campus at Baylor. That number includes more than 1,700 upper-division students, an increase of 26 percent over last year's number of sophomores, juniors and seniors who lived on campus and the fifth straight year that number has risen.