Baylor University is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas
Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor University is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and was one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States. The university’s 1,000-acre campus is located on the banks of the Brazos River next to freeway I-35, between the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and Austin. Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Baylor is notable for its law, medicine, business, science, music and English programs. Baylor University athletic teams, known as the Bears, participate in 19 intercollegiate sports. The university is a member of the Big 12 Conference for all NCAA Division I athletics. As reported in the 2014 “Best Colleges” rankings by U.S. News & World Report, Baylor is No. 71 out of 262 Tier 1 universities. The magazine also lists Baylor University as No. 45 on their list of High School Counselor Rankings among national universities. Schools in the national universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, master’s and doctoral degrees. These colleges also are committed to producing groundbreaking research. The Princeton Review named Baylor a “Best Western College” and ranks the university’s marketing programs as No. 2 in the nation. The university is ranked No. 54 on Kiplinger’s 2014 list of “Best Values in Private Colleges” and is among the 10 percent of U.S. colleges and universities to have a Phi Beta Kappa chapter.