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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Jan. 25, 2022
A Preeminent Christian Research University
Daniel Romo, The Schotts Professor of Chemistry and Co-Director of the Baylor Synthesis and Drug-Lead Discovery Laboratory at Baylor, discusses the pursuit of research excellence and discovery at a faith-based R1 university.
Jan. 25, 2022
Baylor’s R1 Attainment an Elite Elevation in Higher Education
When Baylor earned R1 recognition at the end of 2021, the University joined an elite group of research institutions. Erica Bruce, associate professor of environmental science, explains the meaning of R1 in higher education and beyond.
Jan. 23, 2022
NSF-funded Study Finds Dust Systems in Texas and New Mexico Impact Cardio-Pulmonary Health
Baylor University paleoclimatologist Steven Forman analyzed gypsum- and quartz-dominated dune systems for possible fine, breathable dust fluxes detrimental to human health.
Jan. 20, 2022
Prestigious NEH Grant Funds Baylor Professor's Scotus Translation
Dr. Thomas M. Ward, associate professor of philosophy, has received a NEH research fellowship to prepare a scholarly translation of "De Primo Principio", a work by John Dun Scotus.
Jan. 19, 2022
Baylor Professors to Assess Religion and Spirituality Competencies in Mental Health Graduate Education
Holly Oxhandler and Clay Polson serve as co-investigators of Spiritual and Religious Competencies Project and will examine graduate education training in religious and spiritual competencies through $843,000 John Templeton Foundation Grant.
Jan. 14, 2022
From Vision to Reality: Baylor Achieves R1 Recognition
From the moment Baylor officially announced its pursuit of R1 recognition in 2019, the University has been on a purposeful path that reached an elite benchmark faster than anyone anticipated.
Dec. 19, 2021
Baylor Among Elite Group of Private R1 Institutions
Baylor's ascension to R1 research recognition places the University among an elite group of just 37 private institutions recognized for "very high research activity"
Dec. 16, 2021
Baylor University Earns Prestigious Research 1 Status
Baylor University has been named a Research 1 university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, joining the nation’s top-tier research institutions as a doctoral university with very high research activity and elevating Baylor as a preeminent 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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