Why R1?

Baylor University’s vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent research university that is unambiguously Christian. No university is better positioned to achieve this goal. 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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Oct. 12, 2020
Following the Data in Autism Research
The CDC estimates that 1 in every 54 U.S. children meets Autism Spectrum Disorder criteria, highlighting the need for treatment and insight for a disorder about which little is understood. Meet four Baylor professors whose research supports children and families who work daily to overcome autism's challenges.
Oct. 8, 2020
Smartphone Surveys Find Connection Between Daily Spiritual Experiences and Well-being
Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, sociologists in a national study have found a link between individuals’ daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University.
Oct. 7, 2020
New Soil Analysis Method Shines Light on Climate
Geoscience lab at Baylor studies dozens of soil samples from across North America to understand soil formation patterns, providing insights into soil carbon's future impact on climate.
Sep. 25, 2020
A Preeminent Christian Research University
Baylor University's vision affirms that the world needs a preeminent Christian research university, addressing significant global challenges through top-tier research. Learn more about Baylor's plans to grow the University's research enterprise and pursue R1/Tier research status.
Sep. 25, 2020
Composing a More Complete History
Horace Maxile illuminates the music of Black composers for modern audiences and stages.
Sep. 25, 2020
Construction Engineering at the Molecular Level
Daniel Romo pursues drug leads to fight cancer through the synthesis of organic molecules.
Sep. 25, 2020
Driving Breakthroughs in Renewable Energy
Annette von Jouanne advances sustainable transportation methods inside her Baylor laboratory.
Sep. 25, 2020
Reading the Clues in Minerals and Gemstones
Kenny Befus explores a novel approach to the study of geological forces.

Our Research Commitment


Give Light, the philanthropic campaign for Baylor's future, advances the University's R1/Tier 1 pursuits through endowed funds that will facilitate 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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