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Baylor University, Waco

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Baylor University, or simply Baylor, is a private Baptist 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, 2020, Baylor had a total enrollment of 19,522 (undergraduate 14,399, graduate 5,123). It is classified among "R2: Doctoral Universities – 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. Baylor's men's basketball team won the 2021 NCAA men's basketball championship.

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  • Our tour took us through the campus and provided a lot of history: how buildings were erected, the historic fountain; the history of the benches on campus, etc. Wonderful visit.  more »
  • Be sure and see the Barret-Browning library. Wow!! The stained glass is amazing, let alone the rest of the architecture and artifacts.  more »
  • 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.
  • 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

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