Baylor Undergraduate College Programs and Experiences Advance in 2023 US News Best Colleges Ranking | Media and public relations

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Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Leads in Texas; Baylor No. 2 among the top 12 universities, among the top five in Texas; scores high in Freshman Experience, Learning Communities, Undergraduate Teaching and Research, Most Innovative Schools, among others

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WACO, Texas (September 12, 2022) – Baylor University’s transformational undergraduate academic programs and experiences were key highlights in the latest Best Colleges for 2023 ranking released today by US News and World Report.

One of the best moments of this year American News The ranking indicates how well Baylor achieved an overall score in the “Programs to Look For” category. American News defines them as reputable academic programs that research has shown are linked to student success and positive learning outcomes while promoting a successful experience for undergraduate students. These program rankings were compiled by university presidents, provosts, and admissions deans who were asked to name the most outstanding schools in each category.

Baylor has made great strides in these categories:

  • #10 for freshman experience to integrate into the curriculum first-year seminars or other academic programs that regularly bring together small groups of students with faculty or staff.
  • #16 for Learning Communities to provide students with the opportunity to live with peers in a residential living-learning center who share a common academic interest or hobby.
  • No. 16 for Best Undergraduate Teaching for the strong commitment of faculty and administrators to teaching undergraduate students in a high quality manner.
  • #20 for Most Innovative Schools for making the most innovative improvements to curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology, and facilities.
  • #21 for Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects to provide opportunities for intensive, self-directed research or creative work, usually mentored by a faculty member, that results in an original scholarly paper or other product that can be formally presented on or off campus.
  • #46 for Best Colleges for Veterans for his involvement in federal initiatives that help veterans and active duty military members access an affordable college education.

For the 11e consecutive year, Baylor is the No. 2 ranked university in the Big 12 and among the top five in Texas at No. 77, behind only Rice (No. 15), the University of Texas at Austin (No. 38), Texas A&M (#67) and SMU (#72) and ahead of TCU (#89), Kansas (#121), Iowa State and Oklahoma (#127), the University of Texas at Dallas (# 151), Kansas State (#166), Oklahoma State (#182), Texas Tech (#219), and West Virginia (#234). Baylor was one point off the No. 72 standings and two points off No. 67 due to ties.

“It is gratifying that our peer institutions and others recognize Baylor’s high-quality undergraduate programs and how deeply we value the undergraduate student experience, from the first year on campus to sharing academic activities and interests in learning centers alive to the exceptional teaching of our faculty. , innovation and research opportunities for students,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “Baylor is a 1 Christian research university with a distinct and compelling mission, including providing our students a transformational academic education and an extracurricular experience that prepares the whole person for leadership and worldwide service.”

Baylor Ranked Undergraduate Programs

Baylor’s top-ranked program is undergraduate entrepreneurshipwhich rose to 8th national rank in the American News rankings. Located within the Hankamer Business School, Baylor’s undergraduate entrepreneurship is also the highest-ranked program in Texas, ahead of UT-Austin (#9), University of Houston (#12), and TCU (#25). by Baylor first cycle accounting the program also moved up 13 places to rank 44th nationally, while the overall undergraduate business programs at the Hankamer School of Business rose to 64th nationally.

In other university program rankings, undergraduate students feeding with milk programs at Baylor Louise Herrington School of Nursing rose to No. 39 in the American News national rankings while the undergraduate engineering and computing the School of Engineering and Computer Science programs, which now also offer doctoral programs, are ranked No. 104 and No. 114, respectively.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked 1 research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 students by combining interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Established in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a wide range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business strives to advance the kingdom of God in business, using God’s gifts and academic talents to do so. Faculty and students conduct focused research and participate in experiential learning opportunities, while operating in a Christ-centered mission. Undergraduates can choose from 13 major areas of study. Graduate students can earn their MBA on their terms, either through the full-time, online or Dallas-based executive program. The Business School also offers three Ph.D. programs in information systems, entrepreneurship or health services research. The School’s top-ranked programs represent approximately 25% of total enrollment at the University. Visit for more information.


Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing (LHSON) located in Dallas, Texas was established in 1909 as a degree program within Baylor Hospital Dallas, which is now Baylor University Medical Center in Baylor Scott & White Health, and in 1950 became one of Baylor University’s six degree-granting schools. The first baccalaureate degrees were awarded in 1952, establishing the school among the first baccalaureate nursing programs in Texas. In 1999 the school was renamed Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing after Louise Herrington Ornelas, a 1992 Baylor Honorary degree, who made an endowment donation to the School. LHSON offers Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degrees through traditional BSN, FastBacc® (one-year acceleration), and distance-accelerated programs. Additionally, LHSON offers an online Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program with tracks that include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Midwifery, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in Adult Gerontology, U.S. Army Executive Nurse and Anesthesia Nursing (USAGPAN), which operates out of the U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. US News and World ReportThe 2022 ranking of the best graduate schools in LHSON includes several LHSON programs, including DNP at 60th nationally; Ranking of “Best Nursing” specialties for the USAGPAN of LHSON in 8th place; and Baylor’s Nurse-Midwifery Program at No. 21. To learn more, visit


Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) has been preparing its students for more than 25 years as innovators for global impact by training graduates in professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian outlook. Students can choose from majors including bioinformatics, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, general engineering, and mechanical engineering. ECS also offers graduate programs in all areas of study within the school. We stand out from the crowd with Christian commitment, a strong community, expert accessibility, top-notch hands-on experience, and teamwork. Visit to learn more and follow on Facebook at and on Instagram at @Baylor_ECS.