A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.


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Feb. 23, 2024
Baylor Celebrates National Engineers Week in Waco-Area Schools

Baylor engineering faculty visit local classrooms to lead hands-on projects to spark interest in innovation and creative problem-solving 

Feb. 19, 2024
Baylor Researcher Receives Prestigious Humboldt Research Fellowship

Caleb D. Martin, Ph.D., is the first professor from Baylor to receive the honor of being a “Humboldtian.”

Feb. 14, 2024
Renewable Energy Goals Are Unattainable by 2050

New study by Baylor researchers in Environmental Research: Infrastructure and Sustainability journal finds infrastructure, leadership and understanding in the way of fully sustainable energy sources.

Feb. 13, 2024
Global Flourishing Study Releases First Wave of Data in Historic Research Project

First wave of data, collected from more than 200,000 individuals in over 20 countries, now available through partnership with Center for Open Science.

Feb. 7, 2024
The Days Blur Together

National Gallup data showed Americans experienced multifaceted time disorientation that heightened COVID-19 stressors and lessened our mental state.

Feb. 5, 2024
Meeting the Challenge

A spotlight on research growth since the launch of Baylor's strategetic plan, Illuminate.

Jan. 29, 2024
Riding into the Sunset Years

Initial findings indicate Baylor researcher’s mechanical horse therapy invention reduces fall risk among seniors.

Jan. 18, 2024
Cascade of Learning

Baylor professors and students discuss mentorship in the Baylor Graduate School.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued research growth across campus.

Endowed Faculty Positions

Through the creation of new endowed faculty positions, including 17 endowed chairs in areas that support growth in research initiatives, Baylor supports high-level teaching and discovery.

Campaign Donors

The Baylor Family is united in support of Baylor's distinct role as the preeminent Christian research university.


BAYLOR STANDS APART AS A CHRISTIAN RESEARCH UNIVERSITY — a position that empowers our aspiration to become America's preeminent Christian research university. Illuminate, Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, has one overarching goal: To bring light to the world as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university, building on Baylor's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service.