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. 19, 2023
Baylor School of Ed Receives THECB Autism Grant Award for Innovation
Jessica Akers, Ph.D., in Baylor University’s School of Education, has received a $893,409 grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to develop an innovative treatment model for children with autism and their siblings.
Jan. 18, 2023
The Path to R1
From the very beginning, the dream of Baylor University as an internationally recognized, preeminent Christian research university was audacious. Learn more about Baylor's vision and path to research growth.
Jan. 11, 2023
Baylor Designated as National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
The NSA and Department of Homeland Security have designated Baylor as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), addressing the critical shortage of professionals with cybersecurity skills and highlighting the importance of higher education in cyberspace defense.
Jan. 9, 2023
Baylor Research Group Earns NASA Grant to Study Density of the Moon's 'Weird' Volcanoes
Silicic volcanoes on the Moon, specifically the mysterious Gruithuisen Domes, are a lunar geologic mystery that still perplexes scientists more than half a century after they were discovered. A $260,000 NASA grant will enable Baylor's Planetary Research Group to study them further.
Jan. 5, 2023
Daniel J. Pack, Ph.D., Appointed Dean of Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science
Following a nationwide search, Baylor announces the appointment of Daniel J. Pack, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) and a 2005 Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year, as dean of the Baylor School of Engineering and Computer Science.
Dec. 19, 2022
R1: A Multiplier Effect for Central Texas
Baylor's recognition as an R1 research institution is meaningful not only for the University, but for the Greater Waco community and Central Texas, bolstering a cutting-edge community through research, faculty growth, business development and more.
Dec. 16, 2022
Baylor Chemistry Researchers Synthesize New Groundbreaking Compound
Synthesized in one step, this state-of-art Lewis superacid – that has applications in the production of most common plastics – is more efficient to produce, safer for the environment and could potentially save billions of dollars in manufacturing costs.
Dec. 8, 2022
Baylor Data Scientists Partner on NSF Grant to Use Sports Analytics for Data Science Training
SCORE collaboration unites five universities with sports industry partners to introduce data science applications through sports and prepare the next generation of data science professionals.

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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