Baylor University


Baylor provides a vibrant campus community for more than 16,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Baylor University
One Bear Place #97026
Waco, TX 76798


Phone: 800-229-5678


Organization details

EIN: 741159753

CEO/President: Dr. Linda Livingstone

Chairman: Jerry K. Clements

Board size: 40

Founder: William Tryon, R.E.B. Baylor, and James Huckins

Year founded: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Our goal is intellectual activity that springs from disciplined habits of the heart and inspires action on behalf of the world.

Mission statement

The mission of Baylor University is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Statement of faith

This statement of faith reflects the consensus of the faculty and administration of George W. Truett Theological Seminary; it is not a creed or instrument of doctrinal accountability but an expression of general doctrinal agreement. We believe that Jesus Christ is God, Savior and Lord of all creation; he is the perfect revelation of God as well as God incarnate, the only mediator between God and humanity. We believe in the omnipotent God who eternally exists as Father, Son and Holy Spirit: three divine persons sharing one eternal divine life and being. God is the creator of all whose rule knows no end. We believe that human persons are created in God's image and likeness but that all persons (except Jesus Christ) come into the world under the curse of sin and need redemption when they attain the age of accountability. We believe the cross and resurrection of Jesus Christ provide the only redemption from sin and that Christ died for all people; reconciliation and new life connected to God are possible only through his death and resurrection. We believe that salvation is by God's grace alone through faith and that people cannot save themselves by works of righteousness but that works of righteousness are products of the Holy Spirit who indwells believers by faith. We believe that authentic Christian life begins with conversion to Christ which involves repentance and faith in him; conversion to Christ results in justification (forgiveness) and regeneration (new birth). These are gifts that cannot be earned or inherited. We believe that the sixty-six books of Holy Scripture are inspired by God's Spirit and are the sole supreme authority under God for Christian believing and living; Jesus Christ is the norm by which we interpret Scripture. Creeds and confessional statements are not instruments of doctrinal accountability but expressions of common faith under the authority of Christ and Scripture. We believe that the church was instituted by Jesus Christ to be the people of God and is made up of all true believers regardless of race, gender, age or station in life; the church visible is the local congregation of believers. We regard evangelism and missions for the salvation of the lost and social transformation to be essential works of the church as well as individual callings. We believe in the autonomy of the local congregation, separation of church and state and voluntary cooperation between congregations for evangelism and education. We believe in freedom of conscience from government domination or control and in the liberty and competency of every Christian believer to interpret Scripture and go directly to God in prayer. We believe in two ordinances instituted by Christ to be observed by his people until he returns: water baptism of believers by immersion and the Lord's Supper. We believe, on the basis of biblical teaching and together with the vast majority of Christians throughout the ages, that sex is intended by God solely for marriage between one man and one woman. We believe that Jesus Christ will return to raise all the dead, judge people and nations, consign Satan and his followers to hell and bring into heaven all who believe in him by faith.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating489 of 72568 of 87
Fund acquisition rating474 of 72661 of 87
Resource allocation rating199 of 72617 of 87
Asset utilization rating640 of 72585 of 87

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$126,896,081$139,842,342$156,921,365$188,729,942$174,309,988
Short-term investments$10,988,860$10,493,892$8,335,364$8,069,003$7,107,328
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$296,662,140$277,078,180$304,149,488$365,044,348$352,103,608
Long-term investments$1,355,830,353$1,273,464,404$1,195,599,097$1,214,351,494$1,216,014,108
Fixed assets$1,148,900,494$1,175,328,698$1,180,682,518$1,133,820,940$1,002,157,660
Other long-term assets$280,385$320,107$448,351$355,952$418,860
Total long-term assets$2,505,011,232$2,449,113,209$2,376,729,966$2,348,528,386$2,218,590,628
Total assets$2,801,673,372$2,726,191,389$2,680,879,454$2,713,572,734$2,570,694,236
Payables and accrued expenses$56,202,845$59,004,159$86,825,880$80,059,338$81,420,282
Other current liabilities$137,061,271$144,776,570$156,042,005$158,709,647$81,004,193
Total current liabilities$193,264,116$203,780,729$242,867,885$238,768,985$162,424,475
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$377,777,198$268,500,595$270,160,629$278,994,680$269,315,034
Total long-term liabilities$663,962,077$674,195,372$686,093,894$702,247,392$694,349,132
Total liabilities$857,226,193$877,976,101$928,961,779$941,016,377$856,773,607
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$344,781,909$303,446,353$280,598,876$393,238,457$506,653,557
Permanently restricted$806,205,629$780,181,485$747,358,307$722,566,419$692,001,308
Net assets$1,944,447,179$1,848,215,288$1,751,917,675$1,772,556,357$1,713,920,629
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$64,539,043$71,184,287$87,354,016$99,467,976$95,248,854
Program service revenue$864,781,246$838,909,120$793,439,654$736,394,323$675,834,917
Membership dues$5,564,003$5,520,454$5,379,395$6,860,116$1,084,599
Investment income$76,778,035$71,735,615$66,038,674$66,570,207$62,995,427
Other revenue$6,165,896$5,503,190$7,410,837$7,289,073$4,882,330
Total other revenue$953,289,180$921,668,379$872,268,560$817,113,719$744,797,273
Total revenue$1,017,828,223$992,852,666$959,622,576$916,581,695$840,046,127
Program services$880,832,143$844,105,571$795,290,532$726,341,480$681,623,208
Management and general$87,983,873$98,694,740$90,706,407$76,457,340$67,884,225
Total expenses$986,058,417$958,347,871$903,730,379$819,739,749$765,637,747
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$31,769,806$34,504,795$55,892,197$96,841,946$74,408,380
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$31,769,806$34,504,795$55,892,197$96,841,946$74,408,380

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In 1841, 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Association meeting accepted the suggestion of Reverend William Milton Tryon and District Judge R.E.B. Baylor to establish a Baptist university in Texas. The Texas Baptist Education Society then petitioned the Congress of the Republic of Texas to charter a Baptist university in the fall of 1844. Republic President Anson Jones signed the Act of Congress on Feb. 1, 1845, officially establishing Baylor University. Reverend James Huckins, the first Baptist missionary to Texas, was Baylor's first full-time fundraiser and the third founding father of the university. Although these three men are credited as being the founders of Baylor University, there are many others who worked to see our university established in Texas. After the University was chartered on February 1, 1845, four communities made bids to be the location: Travis, Huntsville, Shannon's Prairie and Independence. Independence was selected, and classes for preparatory students began in May 1846 with college courses offered the following June. In 1886, Baylor and Waco University consolidated to form Baylor University at Waco. From humble beginnings in Independence, Texas, the campus has grown to approximately 1,000 acres in Waco, Texas, annually educating more than 15,000 men and women to pursue their individual life callings. These are exciting times in the life of the University - a period in which our institution is striving to remain both a relevant institution of higher learning for the coming years and to continue to fulfill our original mission laid down by our founders: to be a Christian University "fully susceptible of enlargement and development to meet the needs of all ages to come." In a world where faith is often the casualty of a serious pursuit of academic achievement, Baylor is a special place. The ability and willingness of Baylor to adapt and change to achieve continual progress can be traced throughout its history. It has endured and survived hardships, from financial difficulties, to the Great Depression, to world wars. It made a historic and critical decision to move from Independence to Waco, its current home. It divested its medical and dental schools at a time when that proved to be the most prudent decision for the success of each program. It even had the foresight and fortitude to change its very charter to insulate the institution from denominational struggles. Had Baylor and its leaders throughout history not faced these decisions and challenges with foresight and a commitment to progress, it would not be the leading university that it is today. The University's Pro Futuris vision will continue to help Baylor adapt and grow with the world around it, while ever strengthening its original mission and heritage. Baylor is classified as a Doctoral University with Higher Research Activity by the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education. Baylor has an international reputation for educational excellence built upon the faculty's commitment to teaching, scholarship and interdisciplinary research that produces outstanding graduates. Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked liberal arts institution. Our rank of alumni include missionaries and pastors, heads of Fortune 500 companies, governors of Texas and professional athletes. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in the state.

Program accomplishments

Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 89 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.