Humble Beginnings

Baylor University Heritage

From humble beginnings in Independence, Texas, more than 150 years ago, Baylor University has grown to become one of the premier universities in the world, dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and guided by our Christian heritage. Independence was just the beginning of Baylor's journey, and many students, alumni, leaders and friends have left their unmistakable marks on this great institution as it is always expanding its horizons and meeting the new challenges of every generation to light the ways of time.

Right: Artist Erwin Hearne's depiction of the Act of Congress that chartered Baylor University on February 1, 1845.