In October, Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine again named Baylor University among its "Best Values in Private Colleges." Baylor came in at No. 48 out of nearly 600 schools in the study. When focusing on total cost (tuition, feees, room and board, and books), Baylor ranked even better -- at number 27. To view the full rankings from Kiplinger's, go to kiplinger.com/tools/privatecolleges.
For the third straight year, Baylor University was among the fewer than 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide to earn an "A" for its high-quality core curriculum, according to a report from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA).
The ACTA study -- which can be found at whatwilltheylearn.com -- looked at curriculum offerings at the major public and private colleges and universities in all 50 states, a total of 1,070 four-year institutions that together enroll more than 7 million undergraduate students.
Institutions were assigned a letter grade ranging from "A" to "F" based on how many of seven core subjects they require. Those subjects are: composition, literature, foreign language at an intermediate level, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science.
Baylor -- one of just 21 institutions to receive an "A" -- requires that students take six of the seven core courses, with the exception of economics. No other Big 12 university (and only three other Texas institutions: University of Dallas, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and the University of Texas at San Antonio) made the "A" list.
Baylor University's Executive MBA program is ranked 44th among United States-only based programs, according to the Financial Times' 2012 rankings. The 21-month program, which includes campuses in Dallas and Austin, also ranked first in Texas among Executive MBA programs for percentage salary increase for graduates.
"Our excellence continues to be evident in the Financial Times rankings. The return on investment, as determined by our students and alumni, remains very high," said Dr. Gary Carini, associate dean for graduate business programs at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business.
The undergraduate entrepreneurship program at Baylor's Hankamer School of Business was ranked No. 2 among the more than 2,000 schools nationwide surveyed by The Princeton Review for Entrepreneur Magazine. Baylor was the highest ranked school in Texas.
The eighth annual "Top 25 Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs of 2012" rankings surveyed business school administrators about their institution's entrepreneurship programs. The annual lists salute 50 programs -- 25 undergraduate and 25 graduate programs -- for their excellence in entrepreneurship education.
A feature on these rankings appeared in Entrepreneur's October issue, available at entrepreneur.com/topcolleges. The Princeton Review also posted the ranking lists on its site at princetonreview.com/entrepreneur.
A new list of "The 20 Most Impressive University Special Collections" includes some of the most prestigious institutions in the world: Cambridge, Oxford, Yale, Duke. And Baylor.
OEDb.org, which covers all aspects of higher education, compiled the list and recognized Baylor's Texas Collection for its offerings related to our state's history. "More than most states, Texas' history definitely exists as a particularly colorful splotch on the American canvas," explained the writer. "At Baylor University, this colorful splotch swells to an entire painting, with a collection of thousands of artifacts about how the Lone Star State eventually shaped itself."
Established in 1923, the Texas Collection includes hundreds of thousands of books, periodicals, photographs and other documents and files, all dealing with Texas and Texans, making it the largest Texana collection at any private university.
The write-up on Baylor also gave special mention to Armstrong Browning Library for its collection of manuscripts and other items related to Victorian poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.