Baylor University

Who We Are

Since its founding in 1845, Baylor has continued to evolve, grow and expand to always be a leading institution of higher education, as well as a leader to the Christian community. In fact, change and growth are essential to what Baylor is, has been and will always be. As stated in the founding documents for the University, it is an institution that can and must be "susceptible of enlargement and development to meet the needs of all ages to come."

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Mission Statement
The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Foundational Assumptions
Baylor's Christian heritage and identity shape and direct the University's entire mission. Assumptions grounded in faith will make our academic programs both distinctive and excellent, bring greater visibility to the University, and provide a framework for integrating our academic programs, our scholarship and learning, and our community relationships.

Core Convictions
These ten convictions will inform all aspects of Baylor's strategic planning efforts.

Unifying Academic Themes
Baylor's Christian identity has given shape and direction to the University's entire educational mission -- undergraduate, professional, and graduate. Our heritage, foundational assumptions, and core convictions establish the grounds for a framework of unifying themes that will make our academic programs distinctive and bring greater visibility to Baylor.