Taylor University

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236 W. Reade Avenue

Upland, IN 46989-1002

Phone: (765) 998-2751
2013-2014 Tuition
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#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Taylor University is a private institution that was founded in 1846. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,237, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 952 acres. It utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Taylor University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 1. Its tuition and fees are $28,753 (2013-14).

Taylor University is an evangelical Christian college located in Upland, Indiana, about 90 minutes north of Indianapolis. Traditional student events include the Envision Film Festival, for which students write, direct and act in short films. Students can also participate in organizations such as the pep band or lacrosse club team. Students are required to live on campus in one of the residence halls, all of which are equipped with laundry services and kitchen facilities. Ministry and service are also integral to life on and off campus, and many students choose to volunteer with local ministries or assist the campus pastor through the chapel services program. The Taylor University Trojans field a number of varsity athletic teams.

Academics at Taylor are organized into three different schools: the School of Natural and Applied Sciences, the School of Humanities, Arts and Biblical Studies and the School of Social Sciences, Education and Business. Within the schools are about 25 different departments encompassing a range of academic subjects such as music, history and earth and environmental sciences. The Honors Guild is for students interested in intellectual engagement and community, and members have access to the Honors Lodge on Taylor's campus. Taylor's Rice Bell Tower, with its twin spires, is meant to symbolize the integration of faith and learning.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Taylor University is a vibrant community of scholarship and Christian faith characterized by "relentless discovery, intentional community and global engagement." As U.S. News & World Report's number one regional college in the Midwest for the last six years, Taylor is recognized for its exceptional academics and high graduation rates. Taylor has outstanding programs in computer science and engineering, biology and pre-med, business, and media communication. Students take advantage of cutting edge scientific research, state of the art technology, and successful competition teams in programming, math, business and ethics. Taylor's commitment to the arts is reflected in its excellent music groups, theatre performances, and art exhibits. Students examine a broad range of ideas through an interdisciplinary curriculum and the lens of a Christian worldview. Taylor's academic programs lead to top notch internships, excellent job placement and entrance to nationally ranked graduate schools. As part of its goal of global engagement, Taylor hosts several international centres, prepares its graduates to play important roles on the global stage and is nationally ranked for its student participation in study abroad programs. In January 2013 alone, students traveled to at least 19 countries, in study and Lighthouse missions programs. Taylor gives more than lip service to "whole person" education, with its benchmark-setting student development programs, collegiate and intramural athletics, integration of faith and popular culture events and leadership development initiatives. Taylor students are passionate about serving God and others, and Taylor's intentional Christian community fosters deep relationships and an atmosphere for spiritual growth. Ministry outreach, Bible studies and accountability groups are important parts of community life at Taylor. Taylor produces exceptional graduates marked by a passion to minister the redemptive love of Jesus Christ to a world in need. Alumni transformed by their Taylor experience give back to their alma mater with enthusiasm, giving at unusually high rates, investing in current Taylor students, and expressing extremely high satisfaction with their Taylor education. Taylor is also committed to growth, with the construction of a 100-bed student apartment complex and with another to follow. The 137,000 sq ft Euler Science Complex was completed in 2012, and construction is proceeding on Breuninger Hall, a new 150-bed residence hall, expected to be completed by fall 2013. Construction is anticipated on a 22,000 sq ft student center, beginning soon.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1846
Religious affiliation Christian interdenominational
Academic calendar 4-1-4
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $65,604,814


When applying to Taylor University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due April 1. The application fee at Taylor University is $25. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 83.6 percent.

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Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 83.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by April 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Taylor University is 12:1, and the school has 61.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Taylor University include: Education; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Social Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 86.5 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 69%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Education 19%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 12%
Social Sciences 10%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 9%
Psychology 9%

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Student Life

Taylor University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,237, with a gender distribution of 44.4 percent male students and 55.6 percent female students. At this school, 86 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 14 percent of students live off campus. Taylor University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,358
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Taylor University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Taylor University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Taylor University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Taylor University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Taylor University, 62.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,266.

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Tuition and fees $28,753 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,989 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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