Baylor University

601–800 th
World University Rankings 2020
171 st
US Rankings 2019
Waco, Texas, 76798, United States


Baylor University, based in Texas, is the oldest continuously operating university in the region and one of the largest Baptist universities in the world.

The university occupies a large 1,000-acre campus on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco. Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Baylor offers a variety of courses and there are 12 separate units governing these, which include: College of Arts and Science, Law School, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, Hankamer School of Business, and School of Engineering and Computer Science. 

The university community at Baylor is bound together tightly by religion, and a large proportion of the student body is particularly active in the field of volunteering. 

Baylor is one of the only private schools in the NCAA Division I Big 12 Conference, but the sports teams – particularly football – stay competitive. 

In 2014, a new $260 million football stadium – McLane Stadium – was opened on the university's campus which was designed by architecture firm, Populous, who are known for designing the Yankee Stadium in New York. 

The university also has its own holiday called Diadeloso – a day when classes are cancelled so students can participate in athletics tournaments and attend free concerts.

Baylor has developed a large number of traditions over the years. The Baylor Line is where freshmen rush onto the field before home football games wearing special football jerseys with a nickname chosen by the student and his/her intended year of graduation. There are also memorial lampposts erected across campus in honour of each fallen member of the military to stand as "a guard by day" and illuminate the paths of campus.

Notable alumni include Michael Johnson, a retired American sprinter who won four Olympic gold medals and eight World Championships gold medals, who was coached by Clyde Hart, and won several NCAA titles in both indoor and outdoor sprints and relays while at Baylor. 

Other alumni include John Lee Hancock, an American screenwriter, film director, and producer,  Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Steven Stucky, and Emmy-winning actress Angela Kinsey.

A top ranked institution, Baylor University is globally renowned for academic excellence. Our welcoming campus is home to a select community of high achievers. Together, we share a powerful school spirit.

The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas and welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries.

Baylor by Numbers:

-#75 National Universities in the US (U.S. News & World Report)

-#5 for Entrepreneurship (Princeton Review)

-#64 Best Values in Private Colleges (Kiplinger 2017)

Baylor offers students a growing academic enterprise that ignites educational excellence, leadership and research discovery. With dedicated professors, students are provided with the tools to lead, serve and succeed in their future.

At Baylor, students discover how to think critically, analyze to reach informed conclusions and contribute to their academic disciplines. Students find a college experience that prepares them for a path of excellence, discovery and achievement in their professional careers. In 2016, 86.5% of students found a job or started graduate school within 90 days of graduation.

-Degree programs: 142 baccalaureate, 75 masters, 41 doctoral, a juris doctor, and 2 education specialist programs

-Top 7 percent in the National Merit Scholars program

-One of the select 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with a Phi Beta Kappa chapter, which is the nation's oldest scholastic honor society

-Baylor is classified as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education

-Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Baylor University is located in the small and friendly city of Waco, Texas. As a community we’re proud of our vibrant campus, with its stunning buildings and relaxing outdoor spaces.

The campus is within walking distance from Waco’s shops, restaurants, leisure attractions and nature areas – these include the 114-acre Cameron Park, and the beautiful Brazos River. The big cities of Dallas and Austin are around 90-minutes away by car or train.

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Key statistics

  • $12,163
    On-campus Room and Board
  • $43,790
    Out-of-state Tuition and Fees
  • $49,733
    Salary after 10 years
  • 16.2
    No. of students per staff
  • 6%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 57 : 43
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 17,078
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2020 US Rankings and (2) 2020 World University Rankings