Central Texas Lifestyle

Central Texas Lifestyle

Our home in Waco, Texas, blends the opportunities and amenities of a larger city with the benefits of a smaller community. Faculty and their families find a diverse community dedicated to education, continually expanding in cultural opportunities and intentional about business growth. Waco abounds with restaurants, local shops, cultural events, opportunities to support Baylor’s Big 12 sports teams, outdoor recreation, organizations and initiatives in which to serve, lead, invest, and more.

As a midsized city — approximately 134,000 people call the City of Waco home, with nearly 250,000 residing in McLennan County — Waco affords faculty the opportunity to pursue the highest levels of research and scholarship in an environment that promotes time spent on the things that matter most.

Waco’s ease of transportation enables faculty to spend less time in their vehicle, and more time with their students, their families and their research. Even the furthest reaches of the beautiful Greater Waco area are less than 30 minutes from campus. Many popular neighborhoods are only moments away. In short, Baylor faculty are able to spend more time on our active campus in the heart of the city, in our state-of-the-art labs and research facilities, and more time at home at the end of the day.

Waco’s convenient location along I-35 in Central Texas also provides easy access to Texas’ largest metropolitan areas, and numerous airports, including Waco Regional Airport, located 20 minutes from campus, meeting additional travel needs.

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Strategic Location, Strategic Partnerships

Baylor’s location in Central Texas uniquely positions faculty to engage in transformative, multidisciplinary research. Baylor University leadership and faculty have cultivated relationships with neighbors who serve as international leaders in industry, medicine, higher education and more.

The greater Waco area is home to technology titans like L3 Harris and SpaceX, and healthcare leaders like Baylor Scott & White Health, the Veterans Affairs Center for Excellence and Waco Family Health Center—partners with whom Baylor has collaborated for research in public health, cancer, mental health, defense technology and more. Our proximity to Fort Hood, the most populous U.S. military installation in the world, has helped shape groundbreaking research with far-reaching impact.

Baylor’s relationship with the Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) and BCM National School of Tropical Medicine provides opportunities for joint faculty appointments, and facilitates collaborations between our campus in Waco and the BCM campus within the Texas Medical Center in Houston.

Local educational partners McLennan Community College and Texas State Technical College also offer unique opportunities for collaboration with faculty and students.

Additionally, Baylor’s home in Central Texas provides a fertile landscape for researchers. Our region is growing rapidly, from the metropolitan areas to mid-sized cities and rural areas. Quite simply, Baylor professors don’t have to look far to address important issues like public health challenges, health disparities, the environmental impact of growth, clean water, sustainability and more.

You’ll find Baylor faculty conducting research around the globe, but also close to home.

Office of the Vice Provost for Research

Kevin Chambliss, Ph.D.