Baylor freshmen

Baylor University freshmen in the Baylor Line prepare to run across the field ahead of the school's football game Saturday.

Staff photo — Rod Aydelotte

Baylor University fell four spots to 75th overall in U.S. News and World Report’s latest national ranking of universities.

Four Texas colleges are ranked higher than Baylor. Rice University is 14th, the University of Texas at Austin is 56th, Southern Methodist University is 61st and Texas A&M University is 69th.

Texas Christian University is ranked 78th, a four-spot improvement from last year.

Baylor is ranked second in the Big 12 Conference, 57th among Best Value Schools and 38th for veterans, according to U.S. News and World Report.

“Baylor University holds a distinct place in higher education as a national Christian research university,” Baylor President Linda Livingstone wrote in a press release. “As we continue to emphasize and value the university’s tremendous undergraduate experience, we also are committed to elevating our academic profile and creating a strategic pathway to become a tier-one Christian research university for the benefit of our students, faculty, staff and alumni.”

Baylor’s freshman class of 3,320 students is its most diverse class ever, the university announced in a press release Friday. Freshman minority enrollment is at 37.8 percent, up from 34.2 percent last year.

More than 35 percent of Baylor’s 17,059 undergraduate and graduate students belong to a minority group.

Baylor received 37,084 applications to enter its freshman class for this academic year, and a record-low 38.9 percent were accepted, according to the press release.

Phillip has covered higher education for the Tribune-Herald since November 2015.

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