For the first time since 2008 and the fourth time overall, Baylor University has produced the Big 12 Conference's top Graduate Success Rate score for the 2013-14 academic year.
Baylor has finished either first or second among Big 12 schools in composite GSR score six times in the last eight years, and it again produced the Big 12's top female student-athlete GSR mark with a 2014 score of 94 (tied with Texas) while its male student-athlete GSR score of 81 ranked second in the conference. Baylor, TCU and Texas were the only Big 12 schools to have both their male and female GSR scores both rank among the upper half of the Big 12.
Baylor student-athletes continued their winning ways in the classroom, too, as a school-record 213 individuals were selected to 2013-14 Academic All-Big 12 teams. It marked the sixth consecutive year BU produced 100 or more overall Academic All-Big 12 honorees.
A school-record 678 Baylor student-athletes earned Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll status: 347 for the 2013 fall semester and 331 for the 2014 spring term.
For the 20th straight year and the 28th time in the last 29 years, Baylor produced at least one Capital One Academic All-American as selected by CoSIDA, as two student-athletes earned 2013-14 honors: Whitney Canion, softball and Doug Ashby, baseball.
As of the conclusion of the 2014 fall semester, Baylor has won a combined 58 Big 12 Conference championships–36 regular season and 22 tournament championships–in the league's 18-year history, 29 more than it earned in 81 years of Southwest Conference membership.
Baylor's 58 all-time Big 12 Conference titles have come in nine sports: men's tennis (20), women's tennis (17), women's basketball (11), baseball (3), soccer (2), football (2), softball (1), men's golf (1) and equestrian (1).
Baylor ranks third overall in total Big 12 titles won, behind Texas and Oklahoma, and since 2003 its 49 conference titles in eight sports rank second to Texas’ 78 titles in that span.
All of Baylor's 19 sports have made at least one postseason appearance over the last eight years. Baylor football has reached a bowl game in each of the last five years for the first time in program history, registering back-to-back postseason wins in the 2011 Alamo Bowl and the 2012 Holiday Bowl, and capturing back-to-back Big 12 titles in 2013 and 2014. Women's basketball won the 2011-12 national championship as the first men's or women's basketball team in NCAA history to go 40-0; the Lady Bears have advanced to three Final Fours, twice winning it all. Men's basketball reached the Elite Eight in 2009-10 and 2011-12, and won the 2013 National Invitation Tournament and made the Sweet 16 in 2013-14. Baseball made the 2005 College World Series, and softball advanced to the 2007 and 2011 Women's College World Series. Men's tennis has advanced to the Elite Eight 10 times in the last 12 years and won the 2004 national championship, starting a run of four straight Final Four appearances. Women's tennis' has five Elite Eights including Final Four berths in 2008 and 2011.
Two years removed from watching all 19 of its teams reach the postseason for the first time in school history, Baylor sent 16 teams into the 2013-14 postseason, won a school-record seven Big 12 Conference titles and swept the Big 12’s Male and Female Athlete of the Year awards for the second time in three seasons.
In 2013-14, BU captured its first outright league title in football since winning the 1980 Southwest Conference title, swept the regular-season and tournament crowns in women’s basketball for the fourth straight season, and brought home regular-season and tournament titles in both men’s and women’s tennis to complete the school’s Big 12 trophy haul. Baylor’s seven 2013-14 league titles equaled the most won by any school during the year (Texas also had seven titles, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma each had five).
Baylor finished 31st in the final 2013-14 Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings compiled by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), and fifth among Big 12 Conference institutions. Baylor earned 498.00 points to record its 10th consecutive top-50 season in the all-sports sweepstakes.
The 2011-12 academic year is now nationally recognized as "The Year of the Bear" (#yearofthebear) as Baylor achieved one of the most spectacular athletic seasons in NCAA history:
Over the last decade, Baylor Athletics has dedicated its energy to providing state-of-the-art athletic facilities to meet the needs of the players, coaches and Baylor fans. Baylor is continuing to build new facilities to house Baylor Nation.
Existing facilities include: