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Anyone and/or their kid have experience at Baylor University? DS is interested, but I'm unenthused about him living in Waco for four years. Isn't it pretty much in the Middle of Nowhere, TX?

We're planning to visit sometime in the spring if it stays on the list. DS is more enthusiastic about this than I am. Since it will, of course (🙄), be his decision in the end, we're at least going to check it out once unless he hears terrible things about Waco or Baylor beforehand.

So - anyone have any knowledge of the university itself or life in Waco? Positive or negative, we're all ears here!

(He's actually got a couple of TX schools on his long list. But my experience with Texas is that it's either A) in the Middle of Nowhere or B) TRAFFFFFFICCCCCC or C) sometimes BOTH! 🤯)

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I've not been to Texas, but these are a few things that would encourage me about Baylor and Waco if my kid were to go there:

1) a 2-3 hour drive from Waco to Austin, Dallas or Houston

2) Good school

3) Warm weather

4) Magnolia Table Restaurant 😄 (and Chip and Joanna Gaines!)

You could check out College Confidential to hear what others are saying about Baylor. And I would get a ton of information about Waco from their tourism site (pdf or request printed materials)

https://wacoheartoftexas.com/plan/visitors-guide-and-map/

 

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My brother and sister are alumni.. they LOVED Baylor.

Waco is a great 'town'-- it has TONS of things to do -- it is NOT a small town in the middle of nowhere.

Easy (with in 2 hours) to get to Dallas/Ft Worth.  Easy to get to Austin/Hillcountry-- even easy to get to East Texas (a very pretty part of the state).

What other Texas colleges is he interested in?  My youngest has made several recent college visits around the state (even though she chose Colorado State)-- my older girls are both college grads (Texas schools).

 

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Many years ago, the daughter of one of my friends and colleagues went to Baylor for her undergraduate years. She then became a Doctor. I think an Osteopath and not an M.D..  I think an Osteopath is a Doctor but am not positive about what they do.

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11 hours ago, easypeasy said:

 

(He's actually got a couple of TX schools on his long list. But my experience with Texas is that it's either A) in the Middle of Nowhere or B) TRAFFFFFFICCCCCC or C) sometimes BOTH! 🤯)

I love this assessment of Texas!!!

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I graduated from Baylor and recently did a campus visit with my junior.  She went in expecting for it to not be a favorite but she really enjoyed her visit and it moved up her list.  The class she sat in on was interesting and the prof was very warm and easy to talk to.   It seemed like a casual and friendly campus environment.

As for the location, Waco isn't my favorite town, but it really isn't far to go to get to lots of interesting things.  I would frequently take weekend trips to Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio and stay with friends at someone's house and fill our weekend with theater, shopping, restaurants etc.  I was even coming from DC and didn't find Waco to be too isolated.  Waco has also improved a lot since I was there.  

If your child is interested in the honors program, I highly recommend it.  It was fabulous when I was there and they have improved upon it tenfold.  I received tremendous mentoring that helped me get into all but one grad school I applied to.  Baylor felt like a small school in terms of the level of investment my professors put into me.  I didn't realize how special that was until I started grad school at a large state flagship campus and realized that the undergrads didn't know the professors at all.

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My son has already been accepted to Baylor Honors program and is planning to accept there if we can work out the financial aid. 

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We attended a scholarship weekend there. I really liked the school and Waco. It's got a nice little shopping area, a cool park with trails, and a nice paved trail along the river. It's a big sports school, with lots of energy.

My daughter was not enthused, but she had an unfair prejudice against Texas. :-)

I have friends from college who have sent multiple kids there, full pay, because they like it so much. These kids came from the Chicago area, so they were not small town people at all.

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DH went to Baylor--he had moved at least every two years growing up, so going to college was settling down for him.  He enjoyed Waco.  We both have relatives who live in Waco and really like it.  For people looking for a college town atmosphere, it can be a good choice.  

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On 11/9/2019 at 5:27 PM, GoodGrief1 said:

My daughter was not enthused, but she had an unfair prejudice against Texas. 🙂

I have friends from college who have sent multiple kids there, full pay, because they like it so much. These kids came from the Chicago area, so they were not small town people at all.

 

There are plenty of reasons to have a Totally Fair prejudice against Texas!! It's too hot, it's too big, it's too much never-ending construction, it's too much never-ending traffic, it's too conservative, it's too dusty, it's too much concrete, it's too empty, it's too full, it's too... Texan. 😂 😛 My son, god bless him, is more open-minded than his Mama and is willing to consider Texas schools if the program is appealing.

I'd be tolerably okay with UT Austin, but he isn't even kind of interested. *sigh* It's going to be a fun year between the two of us!! 😂

And if he winds up in Texas, HE is making the drive to college himself. I'll fly in and help him unpack. 🤣

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