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Baylor University, Waco

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Baylor University is a private Baptist Christian research university in Waco, Texas. Baylor was chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas. Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States. Located on the banks of the Brazos River next to I-35, between the Dallas–Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin, the university's 1,000-acre (400-hectare) campus is the largest Baptist university in the world. As of fall, 2021, Baylor had a total enrollment of 20,626 (undergraduate 15,191, graduate 5,435). It is classified among "R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity". The university grants undergraduate and graduate degrees, including doctoral and professional degrees.

Baylor University's athletic teams, known as the Bears, participate in 19 intercollegiate sports. The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference in the NCAA Division I.
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  • Beautiful campus. They need to move the bears to a wildlife sanctuary and tear down those horrid tiny cages. 
    Beautiful campus. They need to move the bears to a wildlife sanctuary and tear down those horrid tiny cages.  more »
  • Campus is clean and all people were nice, but too dark at night for our liking. Not feeling comfortable to walk around at night, but students seemed not to mind so must be safe 
    Campus is clean and all people were nice, but too dark at night for our liking. Not feeling comfortable to walk around at night, but students seemed not to mind so must be safe  more »
  • Did a self driving tour around and through the campus one early evening with destination of the Baylor Ballpark to watch some men's baseball. Beautiful campus. Arrived at the ball park and a decent... 
    Did a self driving tour around and through the campus one early evening with destination of the Baylor Ballpark to watch some men's baseball. Beautiful campus. Arrived at the ball park and a decent...  more »
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  • The university is a huge part of this community. I have seen so many students from the university at my daughter's school. Thank you so much for all the effort your university does for the community!
  • I have visited Baylor several times. It is a beautiful campus. I love walking around looking at the trees, buildings and sculptures. I have an aunt who worked here and cousins who attended here. They all have wonderful stories and are truly dedicated to and love this school. Makes me wish I could have attended college here. I was sad it was too hot for the bears to be out and about today. #sicembears
  • Baylor University - This campus has a palpable atmosphere of being a great place to attend college. Impressive campus, legendary history, ambitious future. Not too big, and not to small. The folks on campus are friendly and helpful. Clear diversity and much broader than one might guess for a Baptist supported school. It is in fact a first class campus with a global perspective. A real spirit of family and unity is available to embrace with a strong sense of belonging to a unique campus focused on education.
  • My wife and I are so glad our daughter chose Baylor. From the first day we set foot on campus for a visit her Junior year of high school, the staff and students made us feel like we were part of the family. Campus is beautiful and has many wonderful traditions. The academics are top notch, especially if you are planning a career in medicine. While the tuition is on the high end, there is a great deal of financial aid available. Having great athletics also makes the atmosphere on campus special on game days. Sic'Em Bears!
  • I was there for a Master's Degree, so it was a short two-years confined mostly to my desk and the Biomedical Engineering research lab. Regardless, I would highly recommend Baylor. The faculty and the students that I interacted with were fantastic. It was great to study at such a well-respected school and have the benefit of a Christian community woven into it. It was also nice to have a job waiting for me when I graduated. I had to work for it, but the industry respects a degree from Baylor. The beautiful campus was a nice bonus.

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