19 Facts About Baylor University


Baylor University is a private research university in Waco, Texas.

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Baylor University was chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas.

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Baylor University is considered the third founding father of the university.

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Baylor University would be followed by the first female graduate, Mary Kavanaugh Gentry, in 1855.

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Baylor University worked vigorously to sustain the university during the Civil War, when male students left their studies to enlist in the Confederate Army.

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Around 1887, Baylor University began readmitting women and became coeducational again.

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In 1903, Baylor University acquired the medical school, which became known as the Baylor College of Medicine, while remaining in Dallas.

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The Baylor administration refused the offer and, with funding from the M D Anderson Foundation and others, moved the College of Medicine to Houston.

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In 1991, Baylor University began appointing the majority of its board, granting it partial independence from the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

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In 2021, Baylor released an independent historical report acknowledging past slave ownership and support for the Confederacy by R E B Baylor and two founders.

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Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Baylor University has a strong history of military service dating back to before the Civil War and currently offers both Army and Air Force ROTC for students.

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Baylor University graduates have served in every major military engagement in Texas history.

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Baylor University has had several famous military graduates such as Andrew Jackson Lummus, Jr.

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In July 1948, the Air Force and Baylor University partnered in the creation of Air Force ROTC Detachment 810 - one of the first detachments ever created.

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Several former and present members of faculty at Baylor are or were prominent proponents of intelligent design, most notably philosopher William Dembski, now at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Christian philosopher Francis Beckwith and electrical engineer Robert J Marks II.

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Outside of the four major programs, Baylor University was one of only two schools that had all 19 of its sponsored sports advance to the post season.

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Baylor University Line is a tradition for new students that began in 1970.

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Freshmen embrace the spirit of Baylor University by wearing special football jerseys and rushing the field before home football games.

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