Baylor Named a Best College for Future Leaders by TIME

Baylor at No. 40 among 100 U.S. universities that excel in nurturing highly influential leaders

December 6, 2023
Baylor Named a Best College for Future Leaders by TIME

Baylor University has been named to TIME Magazine’s inaugural list of the 100 Best Colleges for Future Leaders, a new ranking that measures universities that excel in nurturing some of the nation’s most highly influential leaders.

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WACO, Texas (Dec. 6, 2023) – Baylor University has been named to TIME Magazine’s inaugural list of the 100 Best Colleges for Future Leaders, a new ranking that measures universities that excel in nurturing some of the nation’s most highly influential leaders. With a mission to “educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment,” Baylor is ranked No. 40 nationally and No. 3 in Texas on the Future Leaders list.

TIME, in partnership with Statista, a leading international provider of market and consumer data and rankings, analyzed the resumes of 2,000 top leaders in the U.S. – politicians, CEOs, Nobel recipients and more – to assemble a list of the universities and colleges where they received their degrees, their professional stops and career paths that led to current roles.

Overall, the majority of TIME’s 100 Best Colleges for Future Leaders have notable business and law programs and are large research universities. Baylor University meets all three categories.

“Baylor University produces outstanding leaders who commit themselves to a life of service in their professional fields, and we are honored by this recognition, especially as Baylor’s level of leadership and service is integrally connected to our Christian mission,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone. “We are proud of and grateful for our Baylor alumni, who were transformed by opportunities at the University to cultivate habits and virtues that orient their leadership toward human flourishing and a vision to change the world.”

Through the Division of Student Life, Baylor offers students numerous opportunities for students to engage in diverse leadership offerings and discover what it means to lead faithfully and authentically for the “common good” through their unique interests, skills and values. Leadership also is integrated within Baylor School of Education’s Leadership, Education and Development Living-Learning Community (LEAD LLC), a multidisciplinary residential learning community rooted in leadership development, academic growth and service to others.

In addition to the University’s overall Future Leaders ranking, Baylor’s nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business (HSB) was highlighted as a notable subsidiary of the University’s success in this area.

“Cultivating principled leaders” is one of the central statements of the HSB’s mission statement, said Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of the Hankamer School of Business. HSB cultivates leaders by providing leadership opportunities for business students to practice and hone their skills, from within their undergraduate and graduate academic fields and specialized programs such as Hankamer Scholars and Baylor Business Fellows to study abroad and mission trips, student organizations, the Business and Innovation Living-Learning Center, the HSB Peer Leader Program and more.

Baylor’s Hankamer School of Business launched a two-year celebration of its Centennial during the fall 2023 semester. In 1923, the first Baylor students enrolled in what was known as the Business Administration Department. The first graduates of the Business School earned their B.B.A. degrees in 1925.

“We have done this for a long time, and we have known internally from our alumni that many of them have gone on to illustrious careers and high-profile leadership roles in business. But it is nice to have external validation through these new TIME rankings and for us to see the success of our students in a quantifiable way,” Mazumder said.

HSB has been a member of the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB) since 1950 and fully accredited by that body since 1959. Approximately 1000  business schools in the world have AACSB accreditation, making up about 6% of all business schools around the globe, thus representing the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked Research 1 institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 20,000 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 100 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.


Baylor University’s Hankamer School of Business strives to further God’s kingdom through the realm of business, using God-given gifts and academic talents to do so. Faculty and students conduct purposeful research and participate in experiential learning opportunities, all while operating in a Christ-centered mission. Undergraduate students can choose from 13 major areas of study. Graduate students can earn their MBA on their terms, either through the full-time, online or a 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 make up approximately 25% of the University’s total enrollment. Visit the Hankamer School of Business website for more information.