Profile & Rankings
Since 1846, Taylor University—a coeducational, nondenominational Christian liberal arts college—has stood by its belief that education and living should be built on faith. We challenge our students, faculty, and staff to fulfill Taylor’s mission of developing servant-leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love, grace, and truth to a world in need.
Taylor University is located on a 952-acre campus in Upland, Indiana—50 miles south of Fort Wayne and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. View maps and directions here.
Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment
- 1,798 students from 38 states and 26 foreign countries
- 44% from Indiana
- 54% female, 46% male
- 19% minority students
- 4% international students
- 89% age 21 or under
- 99% under age 25
- 3.76 average high school GPA
- SAT Math 595 average
- SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 605 average
- ACT Composite 26 average
- 32% in top 10% of high school class
- 75% of 2,099 students applying were accepted
Distance Learning Enrollment
- 395 students, unduplicated count
Graduate Program Enrollment
132 degree programs at the undergraduate level
Currently, 35% of undergraduate students major in the departments of Business, Art, Film & Media, and Education. Another 24% major in the departments of Psychology; History, Global, & Political Studies and Orphans & Vulnerable Children; and Biology, Environmental Science, Public Health, and Sustainable Development.
Academic Calendar: 4-1-4
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- 67% classes with fewer than 20 students
- 29% classes with 20-49 students
Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 127
- 100% report a meaningful relationship with God
- 83% of full-time ranked faculty have earned the highest degree in their field
- 54% of ranked faculty are tenured
- 9% of faculty are minorities
Taylor is proud of its commitment to helping students find opportunities to learn and serve abroad.
Taylor has ranked in the top 20 baccalaureate colleges in study abroad since 2010. In addition to academic study abroad trips, students can also earn credit as short-term missionaries to US cities.
In 2020-2021, Taylor ranked #9 in the top 20 baccalaureate colleges for short-term duration trips by the Institute of International Education Open Doors Report. Taylor is also ranked #9 for awarding credit for study abroad and #11 for overall undergraduate study abroad participation within the top 40 baccalaureate colleges.
Student Life Experience
Launched in 1972, Taylor’s Lighthouse program is in its 51st year of sending students abroad to learn and build their faith through global service.
Taylor is home to the first campus chapter of MuKappa, a collegiate organization for students who have grown up in a cross-cultural setting. MuKappa is now in its 37th year.
Alumni & Parents
The most recent NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) Student Survey revealed that 91% of seniors and 93% of first-year students would attend Taylor again.
According to the latest 2022 Alumni Survey:
- 80% of alumni report weekly (or more) participation in church-related activities
- 95% were satisfied with the education received at Taylor
- 87% said that the education they received at Taylor prepared them for employment
12% of living alumni contributed financially in 2020-2021. (The national alumni giving rate is 8%.)
According to the 2021-2022 Parent Survey:
- 98% of parents would support their student’s choice to attend Taylor again
- 95% were satisfied with the education received at Taylor
- 94% appreciated the leadership activities their student benefited from
Rankings, Achievements & Awards
Our dedication to excellence in and out of the classroom has led to national recognition by publications like U.S. News & World Report, Washington Monthly, and Forbes. Taylor students regularly earn awards and recognition for research, creative projects, and academic work. Below are a few of the most recent additions to the long list.
- Ten Taylor student athletes were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, helping Taylor rank first in the NAIA and fifth in the nation across all collegiate levels.
- In 2021, productions by Taylor University student filmmakers received a record 17 nominations for regional Emmy awards, and a record eight won, adding to Film & Media’s 750+ awards since 2006.
- Four Taylor University films were winners in the 2020 National Student Production Awards, hosted by College Broadcasters Inc., including first place in the Short Film: Fiction and Short Film: Nonfiction categories. CBI is one of three organizations that recognize the best in college media nationally.
- Hannah Embree '22 was awarded the Kennedy Center Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA) Dramaturgy Fellowship.
- Taylor Theatre’s production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole received ten national honors after appearing at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival.
- In February 2021, two satellites built by Taylor University Computer Science and Engineering students and faculty launched into space aboard the NG-15 Cygnus spacecraft and Antares rocket that lifted off from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket was named for NASA’s Katherine Johnson, featured in the film Hidden Figures. This marks twenty years since the satellite program started at Taylor in 2001.
- In November 2022, Public Relations students were awarded a Platinum Award from MarCom, one of the communication industry’s most recognized bodies.
In addition to the numerous awards and recognitions Taylor students have received, Taylor itself has earned a number of honors. These include:
- U.S. News & World Report: Taylor University recently placed number two in the Best Midwest Regional Colleges in the U.S. News & World Report, marking the 26th consecutive year Taylor has appeared in the region’s top three. Taylor is also ranked #2 in Undergraduate Teaching Midwest Colleges and #8 in Best Value Midwest Colleges.
- Forbes America’s Top Colleges: Taylor University appeared as Forbes’ number 227 overall private college in America, placing Taylor well within the top 10% of the nation’s private colleges.
- Princeton Review: Taylor University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the Princeton Review, which included Taylor in its 2023 compilation of the best colleges according to region.