While remaining true to its heritage, Baylor has grown to over 17,000 students, and its nationally recognized academic divisions provide 142 baccalaureate degree programs at the undergraduate level. The University also offers 75 master's and 42 doctoral programs, two educational specialists, juris doctor, master of divinity and doctor of ministry. The 1,000-acre campus is located on the banks of the Brazos River in Waco, Texas, a metropolitan area of 234,000 people.
Baylor University was chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas. Today, Baylor is the oldest institution of higher learning in the state and the largest Baptist university in the world. Originally located in Independence, Texas, Baylor moved to its present location in Waco in 1886.
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.
In May, 2014, the Baylor University Board of Regents adopted a broad-ranging array of Five-Year Goals for 2014-2018. Constructed around the five high-level Aspirational Statements that represent due north for the University's future course, these Five-Year Goals are a natural outgrowth of the University's continuing implementation of Pro Futuris.