Awards & Rankings

Awards & Rankings

Baylor University enjoys high standing among many national rating services that evaluate quality of education, research activity, affordability, baccalaureate value, and athletic excellence. These rankings recognize not only Baylor as a whole, but also our many respected schools and departments, which are led by our gifted, award-winning professors. Their awards are too numerous to include.

In 2016, 86.5% of students found a job or started graduate school within 90 days of graduation. Baylor's dedication in placing students after graduation further demonstrates the institution's commitment to the success of Bears beyond their time in the classroom.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges

U.S. News & World Report ranks Baylor No. 75 on their annual review of colleges and universities. Baylor is a Tier 1 school among national universities. The magazine also lists Baylor University as No. 38 in the Best Colleges for Veterans ranking, No. 57 among Best Value Schools, and No. 62 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.

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Kiplinger: Best Values in Private Colleges

Kiplinger's 2017 list of Best Values in Private Colleges ranks Baylor as No. 64 in the nation. The rankings consider academic quality and affordability.

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Fiske Guide

The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a best-selling resource for college-bound students and their parents, lists Baylor University a "Best Buy" for 2017. Baylor is one of only 47 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain to earn the designation.

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American Bar Association (ABA) Pro Bono Publico Award
ABA Pro Bono Publico Award

The Baylor Law School is one of only three law schools since 1984 to receive the prestigious American Bar Association's Pro Bono Publico Award—presented each year to five separate individuals and/or organizations that have “demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.”

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American Council of Trustees and Alumni: What Will They Learn

Baylor was one of only 23 universities nationwide to receive an "A" from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a 2015 report that gauges an institution's commitment to general education: composition, literature, foreign language at the intermediate level, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science.

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Chronicle of Higher Education: Great Colleges to Work for 2017
Chronicle: Great Colleges to Work for - 2016

For the seventh consecutive year, Baylor University has been named a "Great College to Work For" by The Chronicle of Higher Education. The results are based on a survey of 232 colleges and universities. Only 79 institutions achieved "Great College to Work For" recognition. Baylor is included in the large university category with 10,000 or more students.

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Athletics: The Director's Cup
Director's Cup

In the 2016-17 Learfield Director's Cup standings, Baylor ranked No. 24 in the nation. Baylor placed third among Big 12 universities, indicating the strength of the overall athletics program at Baylor.

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Military Friendly Schools
Military Friendly Schools

Baylor University earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM and Military Spouse.

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Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Baylor University as one of the top performing colleges and universities in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights best practices and sustainability innovations from more than 50 U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the last 12 months. Baylor received Silver designation for its sustainability efforts and was named among the Rising STARS for demonstrating significant commitment to advancing sustainability.

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Colleges of Distinction
Colleges of Distinction

Baylor is listed in the 2015-2016 Colleges of Distinction publication for its innovative, teaching-centered, undergraduate education and its strong record of preparing graduates for real-world success.

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College, Department and Program Rankings

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Accounting Program
Hankamer School of Business
Public Accounting Report's 32nd Annual Survey of Accounting Professors ranks Baylor's accounting undergraduate program at No. 18 in the nation. Read more »
Baylor accounting graduate students ranked No. 6 in the U.S. (and tops in Texas) for overall pass rate for first-time candidates on the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. BU students also led the state with the highest average score. Read more »
Army-Baylor MHA | MBA Program
Graduate School
The U.S. Army-Baylor master's degree program in health administration was ranked the 11th best in the country in the 2012 U.S. News survey**. Read more »
Army-Baylor MPT|DPT Program
Graduate School
The U.S. Army-Baylor doctoral degree program in physical therapy was ranked fifth nationally in the 2012 U.S. News survey**, tied with the University of Iowa. Read more »
Department of Biology
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Biology ranks No. 84 in the 2014 U.S. News survey of biological sciences graduate programs. Read more »
Hankamer School of Business Baylor's undergraduate business program in the Hankamer School of Business is ranked No. 64 in the 2018 U.S. News survey. Read more »
Hankamer was named the "Most Innovative Business School" in the southern U.S. by EuropeanCEO magazine. The publication applauded Baylor's holistic, global and entrepreneurial approach to education. Hankamer's European CEO Profile »
Hankamer was ranked No. 29 among the "Top 100 Most Social Media Friendly Schools" by Read more »
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Chemistry ranks No. 96 in the 2015 U.S. News survey of chemistry graduate programs. Read more »
Earth Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Geology ranks No. 106 in the 2015 U.S. News survey of earth sciences graduate programs. Read more »
Hankamer School of Business
Baylor University's Executive MBA program is ranked 44th in 2012 for United States-only based programs, according to the Financial Times' 2012 rankings. Read more »
For the first time, the Executive MBA program (EMBA) at Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business has been named among the best programs in the world by Bloomberg Businessweek's 2011 Executive MBA ranking. Baylor is ranked 37th worldwide, and the program, which includes campuses in Dallas and Austin, also ranked third among programs in Texas. Read more »
School of Education Baylor's School of Education was ranked No. 89 by the 2018 U.S. News survey of 379 graduate programs in education. Rankings are based on a weighted average of 10 quality measures, such as assessment by peers and superintendents nationwide, student selectivity, faculty resources, and research activity. Read more »
School of Engineering Baylor's engineering program continues to be highly ranked coming in at No. 13 in the 2014 U.S. News survey of the "Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs." The category is for schools whose highest engineering degree offered is a bachelor's or master's degree.

The school's graduate engineering program debuted at No. 110 in the 2018 U.S. News survey of engineering schools that grant doctoral degrees.
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English Department
College of Arts & Sciences
The English Department's graduate program ranks No. 116 in the 2018 U.S. News survey. Read more »
John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship
Hankamer School of Business
Entrepreneur Magazine ranks Baylor's entrepreneurship program as No. 3 in the country out of more than 2,000 institutions in their 2015 survey. Additionally, The Princeton Review ranks the program as No. 5 in the country in their 2017 rankings, while Bloomberg BusinessWeek ranks it third in the nation. Read more »
U.S. News and World Report ranks Baylor's entrepreneurship program No. 12 among the nation's best entrepreneurship programs. Read more »
Department of Environmental Science
College of Arts & Sciences
Baylor's Department of Environmental Science ranks as tied for No. 31 in the nation among the 116 departments based on Academic Analytics 2013 database, making this the top ranked department of Environmental Science in the Big 12.
Financial Planning
Hankamer School of Business
Financial Planning magazine ranks Baylor University's program for financial planning as one of the nation's 25 best. Read more »
Law School Baylor Law School was ranked No. 51 overall in U.S. News' "Top Schools" listing for 2018. In the law specialties rankings, Baylor's trial advocacy program ranked No. 3 in the nation. Read more »
Mathematics Department
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Mathematics ranks No. 134 in the 2015 U.S. News survey of mathematics graudate programs. Read more »
Hankamer School of Business
Baylor's Hankamer School of Business was ranked at No. 65 in the 2018 U.S. News survey among the top-rated master's programs in business accredited by AACSB International. In all, 377 MBA programs were surveyed.

The MBA specialization in healthcare administration was ranked No. 17 in the 2015 U.S. News survey** of health care management programs.

Baylor’s online MBA program, which began in May 2014, was ranked No. 72 in the 2018 U.S. News survey based on factors such as admissions selectivity, reputation for excellence among peer institutions and academic and career support services offered to students.
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Baylor Symphony Orchestra
School of Music
The American Prize awarded the Baylor Symphony Orchestra for the best recorded performance by a collegiate ensemble in the United States for 2014.
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Louise Herrington School of Nursing The master's degree program at the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas is ranked No. 56 in the 2018 U.S. News survey**, while the school’s online master’s degree program in nursing was ranked No. 39 and the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program ranked No. 47 in the same survey.

The nursing-midwifery program ranked No. 10 in the 2016 when it was last surveyed.
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College of Arts & Sciences
Academic Analytics data from 2008 places Baylor philosophy No. 8 nationally in the percentage of faculty with a scholarly publication. Equally impressive, the firm's ranking of total faculty scholarly productivity (publications, citations and awards) places Baylor's philosophy program in the top 20 nationally, along with much older and more established programs such as Stanford University, Harvard University, and the University of Chicago. Read more »
Department of Physics
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Physics ranks No. 123 in the 2014 U.S. News survey of physics graduate programs. Read more »
Center for Professional Selling
Hankamer School of Business
The Sales Education Foundation named Baylor's Center for Professional Selling a 2013 top program. Established in 1985 as the first sales center in the country, the center has gained prominence among national sales programs through its contributions as a full member of the University Sales Center Alliance (USCA), participation in over six annual sales competitions, and its preparation of some of the finest sales professionals in the country. Read more »
Department of Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences
Counseling Psychology ranks Baylor's Department of Pyschology and Neuroscience's Psy.D. degree program No. 15 nationally, and lists the department's Psy.D. degree program in Clinical Psychology as No. 1 nationally.

Baylor's graduate program in psychology was ranks No. 98 in the 2018 U.S. News survey.
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Clinical Psychology
College of Arts & Sciences
Baylor's doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) moved up No. 62 in the 2017 U.S. News survey**. Read more »
Department of Religion
College of Arts & Sciences
According to Academic Analytics, Baylor's doctoral program in religion ranked in the top 10 nationally in books publications, citations per publication and citations per faculty member, which placed Baylor at the same general levels as programs such as Duke University and the University of North Carolina. Read more »
School of Social Work The School of Social Work was ranked No. 23 in's 2015 national rankings. The school's master's degree program in social work moved up to No. 53 in the 2017 U.S. News survey**. Rankings »

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College of Arts & Sciences
U.S. News ranks the Baylor graduate program in sociology at No. 87 in its 2018 survey. Read more »
Speech-Language Pathology
Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences
The university's speech-language pathology graduate program was ranked No. 69 in the 2017 U.S. News survey**. Read more »
Department of Statistical Science
College of Arts & Sciences
The Department of Statistical Science ranks No. 75 in the 2014 U.S. News survey of graduate statistics programs. Read more »
Student Publications The Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded Baylor Student Publications three Crown awards—the only school in the nation to win three Crowns. Read more »

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Tennis Tuesday listed Baylor's tennis facilities—Hurd Tennis Center and Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center—No. 1 in the country. Read more »

* Conducted every 10 years ** Latest survey available