A Preeminent Christian Research University

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. In 2021, Baylor was recognized as an R1 research institution, a significant benchmark in the University's continued focus and investment in research at the highest levels. Through top-tier research and scholarship, R1 universities bring their voice to bear in addressing our world’s most meaningful challenges. As Baylor achieves preeminence as a Christian research university, it enables researchers from throughout the University to infuse the quest for solutions, at the highest levels, with Baylor’s distinct voice and mission.

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Sep. 26, 2022
Smartphones Promise Meaning, Deliver Only More Searching, Study Shows
Researchers found that smartphone users seeking meaning and purpose through their devices and social media could experience the opposite.
Sep. 23, 2022
An Art and a Science to Promote Human Flourishing
From the largest global study of its kind to personal interaction in churches, schools and laboratories, Baylor’s focus on human flourishing is demonstrating that at the intersection of STEM, social sciences and compassion, real change can take place.
Sep. 23, 2022
Baylor Celebrates National Research Administrator Day Amid R1 Achievement
Baylor University is celebrating National Research Administrator Day by recognizing the team effort that supports researchers across campus and helped Baylor attain Research 1 designation – three years earlier than expected – among the nation’s top R1 universities.
Sep. 23, 2022
Out of the Lab, Into the Field
Baylor environmental health experts reach out to the people and places where finding answers can reshape our world, collaborating across disciplines to promote clear water, clean air and resilient communities.
Sep. 23, 2022
People-Focused Innovation
As they create new materials, build new products or devise ways to measure technology's impact on others, Baylor faculty are motivated by compassion-innovation grounded in the heart of Baylor research.
Sep. 23, 2022
Power in Numbers
Across campus, faculty in areas ranging from computer science to education to statistics utilize data science methods and collaborate with others to solve problems—and to do so within an ethical framework that makes the world better.
Sep. 23, 2022
The Long Game
Baylor cancer researchers bring a special blend of dedication, ingenuity and compassion in a very long game, getting to the heart of research through a human-centered approach rooted in Baylor's mission.
Sep. 22, 2022
A Preeminent Christian Research University
The last 12 months have brought much to celebrate concerning Baylor research. These achievements are not a finish line, but rather a benchmark, as we steward this unique moment and pursue preeminence as a Christian research university.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, provides significant endowed funding that fueled Baylor's R1 achievement will facilitate continued research growth across campus.

Endowed Faculty Positions

Through the creation of new endowed faculty positions, including 17 endowed chairs in areas that support growth in research initiatives, Baylor supports high-level teaching and discovery.

Campaign Donors

The Baylor Family is united in support of Baylor's distinct role as the preeminent Christian research university.

Baylor stands apart as a Christian research university — a position that empowers our aspiration to become America's preeminent Christian research university. Illuminate, Baylor University's Academic Strategic Plan, has one overarching goal: To bring light to the world as we accelerate our quest toward preeminence as a Christian research university, building on Baylor's historic strengths and strategically investing in new areas of research and service.

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