Baylor at No. 79, in Top 10 for Undergraduate Entrepreneurship and First-Year Experience in Latest U.S. News Rankings; No. 4 in Student Engagement by WSJ/THE College Ranking

September 9, 2019

Additional specialty rankings have Baylor in the top 50 nationally for undergraduate teaching, writing, research/creative projects, innovation, accounting and Best Colleges for Veterans

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WACO, Texas (Sept. 9, 2019) – Baylor University is ranked No. 79 among National Universities – with several programs and opportunities for undergraduates highly rated – in the latest rankings for 2020 released today by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, Baylor was among the top universities for student engagement as measured by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Ranking.

For the eighth straight year, Baylor was the second highest-ranked university in the Big 12 and among the top five overall in Texas in the U.S. News rankings, behind only Rice (No. 17), the University of Texas at Austin (No. 48), Southern Methodist University (No. 64) and Texas A&M University (No. 70) and ahead of Texas Christian University (No. 97), the University of Texas at Dallas (No. 147), the University of Houston (No. 185), Texas Tech University (No. 218), Dallas Baptist University and the University of North Texas (tied at No. 221) and University of Texas at Arlington (No. 293-381).

Schools in the U.S. News National Universities category offer a full range of undergraduate majors, plus master’s and doctoral programs, and emphasize faculty research.

Other U.S. News rankings for Baylor include:

  • No. 8 Best Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Programs.
  • No. 8 First-Year Experiences for building into the curriculum first-year seminars or other academic programs that bring small groups of students together with faculty or staff on a regular basis.
  • No. 20 Best Undergraduate Teaching for strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.
  • No. 22 Writing in the Disciplines for prioritizing the writing process at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum.
  • No. 27 Undergraduate Research/Creative Projects for providing opportunities for intensive and self-directed research or creative work, typically mentored by a faculty member, that results in an original scholarly paper or other product that can be formally presented on or off campus.
  • No. 42 Most Innovative Schools for making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.
  • No. 47 Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs.
  • No. 48 Best Colleges for Veterans for participation in federal initiatives helping veterans and active-duty service members access an affordable college education.
  • No. 66 Best Undergraduate Business Programs.
  • No. 75 Best Value Schools for both academic quality and cost.
  • No. 120 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (with doctorate).

In the WSJ/THE College Ranking that measures student success and learning, Baylor was ranked No. 4 nationally among universities that create a high level of student engagement, both in the classroom and among students. The student engagement score measures how well an institution manages to inform, inspire and challenge students.

The engagement ranking includes the results of the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey of more than 170,000 current college and university students, which examined students’ engagement with their studies, interaction with their professors and satisfaction with their experience.

“It is an exciting time at Baylor as we pursue Research 1/Tier 1 research recognition as a preeminent Christian research university, highlighted by our distinguished faculty who provide students with inspiring mentorship both within and beyond the classroom and prepare them for worldwide leadership and service,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “Baylor University has a distinct and compelling academic mission, as we integrate teaching and research excellence with our unwavering Christian faith that has a transformative impact on our students, higher education and the world.”


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


At Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business, integrity stands shoulder-to-shoulder with analytic and strategic strengths. The School’s top-ranked programs combine rigorous classroom learning, hands-on experience in the real world, a solid foundation in Christian values and a global outlook. Making up approximately 25 percent of the University’s total enrollment, undergraduate students choose from 16 major areas of study. Graduate students choose from full-time, executive or online MBA or other specialized master’s programs, and Ph.D. programs in Information Systems, Entrepreneurship or Health Services Research. The Business School also has campuses located in Austin and Dallas, Texas. Visit and follow on Twitter at @Baylor_Business.


Baylor’s School of Engineering and Computer Science (ECS) prepares its students to be innovators for worldwide impact by training graduates for professional practice and responsible leadership with a Christian view. 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 through Christian commitment, a strong community, expert accessibility, leading practical experience and teamwork. Visit to learn more and follow on Facebook at