ABOUT BAKER UNIVERSITY
Baker is a private university that educates traditional and nontraditional students through small classes, innovative instructors, and rigorous course work. Fortune 500 CEOs, New York Times best-selling authors, a Pulitzer Prize winner, and a Super Bowl champion all proudly claim Baker, the first university in Kansas, as their alma mater.
The university is home to four schools: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Education, and School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Baker offers undergraduate through doctoral programs.
Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent, and responsible contributors to society.
Vision & Purpose
Baker University is a premier private university with a tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. The faculty provides creative, student-focused learning experiences that challenge students to analyze issues with depth and clarity. Students fully engage in their learning; connect with peers, faculty, and staff; and develop lifelong relationships with diverse groups of people. Graduates realize their potential to become confident, competent contributors to society.
Baker University is consistently recognized for its excellence in and out of the classroom. The U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Baker the No. 1 private university in Kansas on its Midwest Regional list, and The Economist has ranked Baker in its top 50 nationwide for the value of our degrees. Baker University delivers return on investment for its students. In fact, a 2017 study conducted by the U. S. Department of Education revealed Baker graduates earn higher average salaries than their peers from any other university in the Kansas.
HISTORY & TRADITIONS
Founded in 1858 as the first university in Kansas, Baker is an institution with a storied past. While standing in the center of our beautiful campus in Baldwin City, a person can do a 360-degree turn and see three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Lady Margaret Thatcher dedicated our Osborne Chapel, which was moved brick by brick from Sproxton, England. Abraham Lincoln personally donated to the construction of Parmenter Hall. William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States, delivered the first speech on the topic of world peace 100 yards from where our current political scientists study. Given the university’s rich tradition of academic excellence and historical significance—and our immaculate campus, which is a registered arboretum and Tree Campus USA award winner—it’s no surprise that George Will once called Baker University a “Midwestern Hidden Gem.”
Methodism & Baker University
Since our founding, Baker has held close ties with the Methodist Episcopal Church, which became the Methodist Church in 1939, and then the United Methodist Church in 1968 and has retained its affiliation. As one of 196 colleges and universities in the United States with connections to the Church, we seek to continue a tradition of devotion to the Christian faith and academic excellence.
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
A leader known for raising the national and international profiles of educational and nonprofit institutions, Dr. Lynne Murray became the 29th president of Baker University on July 1, 2014. Murray previously served as the vice president for development, international and alumni relations at Washington, D.C.-based Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing people. For more than 20 years, she has worked collaboratively with community organizations, initiating national and global partnerships and spearheading fundraising efforts.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES | University Governance
Upon its inception in 1858, the founders of Baker University deemed that the university be governed by an overseeing body of no more than 32 members. Today, the Baker University Board of Trustees remains the highest governing body of the university, meeting three times annually to approve university programs, budgets, faculty promotions, and conferment of degrees to graduates.