Baylor University

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Baylor University is a private, 4-year school located in Waco, TX. The school was chartered and founded in 1845 by the Union Baptist Association, named for Texas District Judge R.E.B. Baylor and is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas; it is still affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The 1,000 acre campus, along the Brazos River, features traditional red brick collegiate gothic architecture. The campus centers around the McLane Student Life Center which houses many activity centers and lounge areas. Among the notable alumni are musicians Phil Driscoll, David Crowder and David Phelps and Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson.

Academic Programs

Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, post-masters Certificates and Doctorates in over 140 fields of study. Presently, there are online programs for post-graduate programs only, but the University sponsors internships and study abroad programs. Noted for many Healthcare-related fields, Theology, Music and Theatre, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Healthcare/Bio/BioMedical fields. The University is comprised of 12 colleges and schools: College of Arts & Sciences; Diana R. Garland School of Social Work; George W. Truett Theological Seminary; Graduate School; Hankamer School of Business; Honors College; Law School; Louise Herrington School of Nursing; Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences; School of Education; School of Engineering & Computer Science; School of Music. Per the Mission Statement, “The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Advancing the frontiers of knowledge while cultivating a Christian world-view, Baylor holds fast to its original commitment — to build a university that is Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana.”

Student Life

There are over 14,000 undergraduate students enrolled in Baylor University, many of whom live on campus among the several residence halls and communities. The University sponsors over 260 clubs and student organizations including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the green and gold Bears and Lady Bears, Bruiser the Bear(accompanied by Judge Joy and Judge Lady), field 11 teams and participate in NCAA Division I competition. There are several campus traditions throughout the school year including a Fish Fry Carnival, Fright Night and Bed Races in the Fall and Chinese New Year and Fiesta! in the Spring. Core Values are expressed as follows: Baylor University. Called to Excellence. Discovery – At Baylor, we measure success by the positive difference we make in the world around us. Inspire – At Baylor, teaching and discovery, fact and faith, professors and students all work together. To challenge minds. To change the world. Service – At Baylor, “Love thy neighbor” is a way of life. Leadership – At Baylor, we believe that true leadership is expressed in what we give back to the world around us.

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