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Baylor University is a private Christian university of over 15,000 students, located in Waco, Texas. The school is the oldest Texas university. It was founded in 1845 with the help of the Texas Baptist Education Society. The school is on a 1,000 acre urban campus near the Brazos River. Baylor is primarily an undergraduate school, though it has graduate schools in law, business and health. It prides itself on being a first-class research university. There are over 12,000 students who take courses on a semester basis. Tuition and fees are about $34,000. US News and World Report ranked Baylor University 77th among national universities.

The religious emphasis is Baptist. Students are encouraged to donate their time to helping others. The school has a number of mission projects which are local and global. Each year, "Be the Change," a week long program, encourages students to focus on religious activities. First year students must live on campus. Students must also take a program which requires them to worship every Monday and Wednesday. Baylor University has 250 student organizations including 40 sororities and fraternities. The Baylor Bears are the only private school in the Big 12 NCCA athletic program.

Baylor University offers 144 baccalaureate degrees, 77 masters degrees, 33 Ph.D programs, a law degree and several education degrees. It has a Phi Beta Kappa chapter. The main schools are Arts and Science, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, a School of Music, a Theological Seminary, a Nursing School, the Hankamer Business School, the School of Social Work and a Law School.

Students and faculty participate in research including some with the city of Waco which has a Mammoth Site. The Carnegie Foundation ranks Baylor for "high research activity." The school newspaper is the Baylor Lariat. Notable alumni include a former head of Hewlett-Packard, Jeff Dunham (a ventriloquist) and Angela Kinsey, who starred in the TV show, the Office. Alumni also include pastors, missionaries, professional athletes, governors of the state of Texas, and leaders of Fortune 500 companies.

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