The University of Mary Hardin–Baylor (UMHB) is a Christian university based in Texas, and was founded by the Republic of Texas in 1845 as Baylor Female College.
It became a fully-fledged university in 1978, and now offers degrees at bachelor, masters and doctorate levels.
The university is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). UMHB comprises eight colleges, which include: College of Business, College of Christian Studies, College of Education, College of Humanities and Sciences, Scott and White College of Nursing, College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Graduate School.
Over the years, the university has developed many traditions on campus. The Midnight March occurs a few weeks before Spring Commencement, where seniors march with lighted candles. While Stunt Night is a competition that aims to build strong bonds between students. Each year, a theme for the event is chosen and students work in groups to prepare skits or original songs.
Athletic teams at UMHB are known as the Crusaders and they compete in NCAA Division III as a member of the American Southwest Conference (ASC). There are 12 varsity athletic teams, which include: baseball, basketball, football, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball.
Athletically, the university has won two national championships and 41 conference championships throughout its history.
Notable alumni include Buddy Groom, a former Major League Baseball pitcher between 1992 and 2005, and Miriam 'Ma' Ferguson, Texas' first female governor and the second woman to be elected governor of any state in the US. George W. Bush, was also given an honorary PhD in Humanities in 2015.