A Private Christian University and a Nationally Ranked Research Institution.
Baylor's Mission: Is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.
Baylor 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.
In 1841, 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Association meeting accepted the suggestion of Reverend William Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas.
The Texas Baptist Education Society then petitioned the Congress of the Republic of Texas to charter a Baptist university in the fall of 1844. Republic President Anson Jones signed the Act of Congress on Feb. 1, 1845, officially establishing Baylor University. Reverend James Huckins, the first Baptist missionary to Texas, was Baylor's first full-time fundraiser and the third founding father of the university. Although these three men are credited as being the founders of Baylor University, there are many others who worked to see our university established in Texas.
After the University was chartered on February 1, 1845, four communities made bids to be the location: Travis, Huntsville, Shannon's Prairie and Independence. Independence was selected, and classes for preparatory students began in May 1846 with college courses offered the following June. In 1886, Baylor and Waco University consolidated to form Baylor University at Waco.
Consistently ranked as one of the nation s Great Colleges to Work For by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Baylor is a rewarding place to build a career. With a student population of more than 16,000, pursuing over 250 degree programs, in world-class facilities, spread over a beautiful 1,000-acre campus, Baylor is like a small city with full and part-time opportunities utilizing a wide variety of skills.