Profile & Rankings
Since 1846, Taylor University—a coeducational, non-denominational 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 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. Click here for a map to campus.
- 1,917 students from 42 states and 31 foreign countries
- 42% from Indiana
- 54% female, 46% male
- 16% minority students
- 4% international students
- 88% age 21 or under
- 99% under age 25
- 3.74 average high school GPA
- SAT Math 590 average
- SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 600 average
- ACT Composite 25 average
- 36% in top 10% of high school class
- 78% of 2,165 students applying were accepted
- 250 students, unduplicated count
- 47 majors in the Bachelor of Arts
- 63 majors in the Bachelor of Science
- 3 majors in the Bachelor of Music
- 1 major in the Bachelor of Fine Arts
- 4 majors in Associate of Arts
- Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development
Currently, 32% of undergraduate students major in Business, Art, Film & Media, and Kinesiology. Another 30% major in Education, Computer Science & Engineering, History, International Studies & Social Studies, Communication, and Biology.
Academic Calendar: 4-1-4
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
- 62% with fewer than 20 students
- 34% with 20-49 students
Full-Time Instructional Faculty: 135
- 100% report a meaningful relationship with God
- 89% of full-time ranked faculty have earned the highest degree in their field
- 54% of ranked faculty are tenured
Last year, 510 students earned credit while participating in 33 programs in 37 countries. Students also earned credit as short-term missionaries to U.S. cities.
In the latest Open Doors survey, Taylor University rose four places from ninth to fifth nationally. Taylor also moved from last year’s third-place ranking to a second-place ranking among Baccalaureate Colleges for the number of students who experienced a short-term trip, and rose from sixth to fourth among Top 40 Baccalaureate Colleges for the percentage of students who participated in a study abroad experience.
Student Life Experience
Taylor’s Lighthouse program is in its 46th year of sending students abroad to learn and build their faith through global service.
Taylor is home to the first campus chapter of MuKappa, now celebrating its 31st year.
- Member of the NAIA
- 18 men’s and women’s sports
- 45% of all undergraduate students participated in at least one intramural sport last year.
Alumni and Parents
According to the most recent NSSE Student Survey, 89.5% of seniors and 89% of first year students would attend Taylor again.
According to the 2017 NSSE, 80% report weekly participation in church-related activities.
18% of living alumni contributed financially in 2017-2018.
According to the 2017 Parent Survey, 97% would support their student’s choice to attend Taylor again.
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.
- Three Taylor student-produced documentaries were nominated for regional Emmy awards, and two of them won, adding to Film & Media’s 300+ awards since 2006.
- Mitchell Mays (’17) presented his research entitled “Feature Selection for Malware Classification” to security researchers at Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology labs.
- 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.
- Taylor’s endowment teams competed against more than 400 entrants in the annual QGAME competition in New York City, and won.
- A student-designed satellite, ELEOsat, was chosen by the Air Force to launch into space, where it joined two other Taylor satellites that had been previously launched by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the TSAT and CubeSat.
In addition to the numerous awards and recognitions Taylor students have received, Taylor itself has earned a number of honors. These include:
- Christian Colleges of Distinction: Taylor University was named a “Christian College of Distinction” for 2016-2017, being cited as excelling, “at the Four Distinctions: Engaged Students, Great Teaching, Vibrant Communities, and Successful Outcomes.”
- Forbes America’s Top Colleges: Taylor University appeared as Forbes’ number 238 overall college in America. Not only does that represent a jump of over 90 spots since the previous ranking, but it puts Taylor well within the top 10% of the nations colleges.
- Open Doors: In the Open Doors survey, associated with the U.S. Department of State that measures international study abroad and service learning trips, Taylor ranked fifth nationally (2018)—a ranking that is significant in that Taylor is competing with larger universities on a nationwide scale.
- Princeton Review: Taylor University is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the Princeton Review, which included Taylor in its annual compilation of the best colleges according to region.
- U.S. News & World Report: Taylor University recently tied for the number one Midwest college ranking in the U.S. News & World Report, marking the 22nd consecutive year Taylor has appeared in the region’s top three.