BAKER UNIVERSITY VISION & VALUES

In the tradition of our United Methodist heritage, Baker University values:

  • Student learning and academic excellence. We provide quality learning environments promoting intellectual, professional and personal development resulting in lifelong learning.
  • Critical thinking, inquiry and freedom of expression. We challenge all participants to think critically using open inquiry and freedom of expression.
  • Integrating learning with faith and values. We expect all participants to be open to questions of faith and values as part of intellectual inquiry in the United Methodist tradition. In particular, we expect personal and professional responsibility that is based on high standards of ethical conduct.
  • Connections. We promote a community of belonging and Baker family connections, which results in lifelong associations.
  • Inclusiveness. We embrace diversity of community, thought, and expression.
  • Service to the community. We address the civic, social, health, and environmental needs of our global community.
School of Education | Mission, Educational Beliefs & Vision

Baker University School of Education is committed to learning and to developing confident and competent educational leaders.

School of Education Beliefs
The School of Education believes a confident and competent educational leader

  • Advocates for all students and their learning successes;
  • Has a strong knowledge base and sense of beliefs and values supported by educational research and best practices;
  • Has the commitment and skills to transfer knowledge, beliefs and values into policy and practice;
  • Demonstrates interpersonal practices that advance the welfare and dignity of all persons; and
  • Maintains an unremitting drive for improvement.

School of Education Vision
The School of Education provides quality programs grounded in a tradition of academic excellence and responds to the educational needs of the future.

School of Nursing | Mission & Program Goals

Baker University School of Nursing is committed to assuring student learning for the practice of professional nursing and developing compassionate, confident, competent providers and managers of care and contributors to society.

Program Goals
The School of Nursing strives to accomplish the following:

  1. Offer a nursing curriculum that builds upon a strong foundation in liberal arts, sciences and standards of professional nursing practice.
  2. Provide an environment of learning through a partnership between students and faculty, dedicated to academic excellence and freedom of expression and community service.
  3. Retain a well-qualified faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and participation in scholarship, service, professional development and nursing practice.
  4. Facilitate a constructive, productive and energizing work atmosphere environment where open, constructive communication, decision making, flexibility and self-growth are valued.
  5. Support opportunities for faculty and students to use current technology and learning resources in a variety of settings.
School of Professional & Graduate Studies | Mission & Core Values

The School of Professional and Graduate Studies develops confident, competent leaders, contributing to their communities through lifelong learning, professional success, and service to others.

Core Values
We believe that education is not defined by age but rather desire and motivation.

  • We provide an environment where students utilize resources and are encouraged to think critically.
  • We provide a quality learning environment that builds on adult students’ academic, professional, and life experiences to foster lifelong learning.

We believe that academic achievement contributes to professional success.

  • We challenge students by providing a rigorous academic environment designed to illustrate real-world applications.
  • We provide curriculum that incorporates student and faculty experiences.

We serve our community by empowering our students.

  • We promote awareness to inspire action within the community through value-based decision making.
  • We provide unique preparation that will enable graduates to engage in and encourage positive community change.
College of Arts & Sciences | Mission & Core Values

The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for a lifetime of continued intellectual, professional, and personal development. Graduates will be responsible global citizens who think critically, communicate effectively, act ethically, serve generously, and live fully.

Core Values
Student Learning, Development & Success
We are passionate about student learning, development and success. We will provide a challenging, yet supportive, learning-centered educational experience that reflects a concern for academic excellence, sensitivity to changing and emerging student, stakeholder, and market requirements, and attention to the factors that influence student learning, development, fulfillment and success. We will build a living learning environment that promotes student engagement and ignites in our students a passion for lifelong learning. To do so, will require focus on organizational learning and agility.

Community
Our commitment to community represents the essence of our campus culture. We will adopt policies, procedures, and practices that promote attention to individual needs and aspirations, as well as those that strengthen our University and the broader community that we serve. We value diverse perspectives and promote actions that demonstrate mutual respect among all members of our local community and the global community of which we are a part. We will actively engage students, faculty and staff in integrated learning communities that foster synergistic connections among and within academic disciplines, task groups and social clusters. We will seek ways to partner with our extended community to promote mutual enrichment, professional progress and the greater good.

Character
We understand that character development is a lifelong pursuit. Therefore, we encourage continued character development for students, faculty and staff. We will seek and develop faculty and staff who will model ethical behavior, principled decision making and personal integrity in ways that will inspire these characteristics in our students. We will integrate ethics and analytical thinking throughout our curriculum and adopt an ethos of character development in our approach to athletics, cocurricular activities, student discipline and employee relations.

Civic & Social Responsibility
We are committed to the traditional United Methodist concerns for social justice and service to others, and we will seek faculty, staff and students that share this concern, regardless of their faith tradition. We will encourage a sense of social responsibility among members of our community by integrating academics, student development, cocurricular activities, University governance and community-service programs in ways that promote understanding of public policy and encourage activism, service to others, leadership development and a lifelong commitment to civic and social engagement.

HISTORY & TRADITIONS

Passing on the Traditions Through Generations

Baker University’s class of 1891 began the tradition of naming itself and at graduation bequeathing its title to the incoming freshman class. There are four class organizations:

King Arthur’s Court | 2018
House of Hanover | 2019
Columbian Commonwealth | 2020
Senatus Romanus | 2021

Incoming freshmen classes begin their class’s tradition by officially entering campus on Traditions Night through their campus gate. When they graduate, they depart Baker the same way, through their gate.

House of Hanover
  • Formed in 1891 and patterned after German and English history
  • Colors: Navy blue and gold
  • Class officer titles: King, queen, crown prince, crown princess, duke, duchess, count, countess, prime minister, canon of Westminster, court fool, class historian
  • The Hanover class of 1895 started the custom of publishing a college annual. The first volume was called Orange Blossoms. A poem by Ida Ahlborn Weeks, “Ein Lied fur das Haus Hanover,” is preserved in the Orange Blossoms published by the House of
  • Hanover that graduated in 1899.
  • This class drew from the German stories of the Nibelungenlied for its pageants for class day during commencement week.
  • When Baker President Murlin (1894-1911) and his wife entertained the Hanover seniors, a German play was usually presented.
  • The organization of Hanover House has been continued by the classes of 1899, 1903, 07, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39, 43, 47, 51. . . 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019.
  • Early gifts to the University: Reading lams in the library, windows in the new church, and the parking lot west of the athletic field
  • Early members boasted college orators and chief athletes.
  • Class yell:
    Ho fur den Konig
    Ho fur den Hof
    Hanover ein und neunzig
Columbian Commonwealth
  • Formed in 1892 and patterned after early American government
  • Colors: Red, white and blue
  • Class officer titles: president, vice president, secretary of state, secretary of treasury, attorney general, and other officers of our government
  • A picture in the first annual published by the organization, The Baker Hatchet, shows members of the Columbian Commonwealth at a costume party dressed as George Washington and his Cabinet, Dec. 7, 1893.
  • Commencement pageants in the early years pictured scenes from early American history, songs from Dixie, stories of the central plains and the mountains of the west.
  • Early gifts to the University: drinking fountains in Case Library, the library clock, church choir robes, the pulpit desk in the chapel, and the west gate
  • Early members boasted college orators, debaters and football heroes.
  • The organization of Columbian Commonwealth has been continued by the classes of 1896, 1900, 04, 08, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40, 44, 48, 52 . . . 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020.
  • Class gate: West side of campus
  • Class motto: Deeds, not dreams.
Senatus Romanus
  • Formed in 1893 and patterned after the Roman Senate
  • Colors: Purple and white
  • Class officer titles: Consul primus, consul secundus, censor primus, censor secundus, quaestor, praetor, tribune, angur, pontifex maximus, aedile
  • Commencement pageants in the early years were taken from Roman history and mythology. Their first social event was a Roman banquet by which the organization announced its existence.
  • Early gifts to the University: pictures on the second floor of the library, gate at the southwest corner of the campus and also at the north entrance, stone border around Lake Parmenter, and $465 to apply toward the memorial fence at the athletic field
  • The organization of Senatus Romanus has been continued by the classes of 1897, 1901, 05, 09, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, 41, 45, 49, 53 . . . 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2017, 2021.
  • Class gate: Southwest corner of campus
  • Class motto: Volens et Potens.
  • Official yell of the first class of 1897:
    Io! Ho!
    Nihil Umquam
    Vincet Classem
    Nonaginta Septem
    Io! Ho!
King Arthur’s Court
  • Formed in 1894 and patterned after the “dwellers of Mount Parnassus,” or the Greeks, Tennyson’s Idylls of the King and Malory’s King Arthur and His Knights
  • Colors: White and gold
  • Class officer titles: King Arthur, Queen, Merlin the wizard, Dagonet, Excalibur and others as needed
  • First annual was named Excalibur.
  • Commencement pageants in the early years were drawn from Tennyson’s Idylls.
  • Early gifts to the University: Big clock in the gymnasium tower, bell tower west of Old Science Hall, cement tennis court, and a large gift in 1930 on the Million Dollar Endowment Campaign
  • The organization of King Arthur’s Court has been continued by the classes of 1898, 1902, 06, 10, 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 46, 50
    . . . 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010, 2014, 2018.
  • Class gate: Northeast corner of campus
  • Class song (to the tune of the “Canadian Maple Leaf”):
    Heigh ho! Heigh ho!
    Ye Knights of old
    King Arthur’s Court forever
    Heigh ho! Heigh ho!
    The white and gold
    King Arthur’s Court forever
Baker has maintained the Baker Wetlands since the 1960s.
There are eight Greek organizations on the Baldwin City campus.
Welcome Week introduces new students to Baker's traditions.
Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel

Hearts to the Orange forever true. We’re children of old Baker U.

A History of Excellence & Support

It started as an attempt to tame the rough Kansas territory more than 150 years ago. It evolved into a comprehensive and highly respected university serving nearly 4,000 students across seven campuses in Kansas and Missouri and online across the world.

Baker University was chartered on February 12, 1858. Named for Osmon Cleander Baker, a distinguished scholar and bishop of what is now the United Methodist Church, the school holds the honor of being the first university in Kansas.

Baker graduates have gone on to successful careers as writers, scientists, explorers, teachers, business professionals, performers, politicians, academicians, visionaries, trendsetters, and more. Four graduates have been named Rhodes Scholars and one has earned a Pulitzer Prize.

Baker University has a rich history within intimate academic settings, filled with traditions, memories, and landmarks. In fact, Baker’s Baldwin City campus has three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Campus traditions—academic, professional, and social—have evolved throughout Baker’s history. The university has faced adversity, prosperity, tragedy, and joy, and through it all, Baker’s students and professors have retained a close-knit sense of community. The result is a highly respected community of higher learning.

FAQs

When was Baker University founded?
Baker University was founded on February 12, 1858, in Baldwin City, Kansas by Methodist ministers. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies was formed in 1988. The School of Nursing was formed in 1991 when Baker entered into a cooperative agreement with Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center, now known as Stormont-Vail Health, in Topeka. The School of Education was formed in 2005.
Who is Baker University’s president?
Dr. Lynne Murray became Baker’s 29th president 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.
What is Baker University’s enrollment?
Baker’s overall enrollment is approximately 3,210 students. By school, the enrollment is approximately 940 for the College of Arts and Sciences and undergraduates at the School of Education, 1,400 for the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, 170 for the School of Nursing and 700 for the School of Education graduate programs.
How many schools does Baker University have?
Four schools comprise Baker University: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the School of Nursing, and the School of Education.
What is the student-to-faculty ratio on the Baldwin City campus?
The College of Arts and Sciences has a 12-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio.
How many Greek organizations are on the Baldwin City campus?
There are four fraternities (Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Zeta Chi) and four sororities (Alpha Chi Omega, Delta Delta Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha and Zeta Phi Beta).
How far is Baker’s Baldwin City campus from Kansas City and Lawrence?
The Baldwin City campus is 45 minutes from Kansas City and 15 minutes from Lawrence.
How many varsity sports are offered at Baker?
Baker offers 10 sports for men and 10 for women. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, spirit squad, tennis,  track and field, and wrestling. Women’s sports include basketball, bowling, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, spirit squad, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.
What are the most popular majors on the Baldwin City campus?
Business, education, exercise science, biology, psychology, communications, and sociology are the most popular majors on the Baldwin City campus.
Are tours available for the Quayle Rare Bible Collection, housed on the Baldwin City campus?
Yes. The Quayle Bible Collection in the Collins Library is open to the public. Call 785.594.8393 for hours.
Are tours available for the Osborne chapel on the Baldwin City campus?
Yes. Visitors can call 785.594.4553 to arrange a tour time or for wedding information.
Are study abroad opportunities available at the College of Arts and Sciences?
Yes. Baker encourages its students to study abroad. The most popular destination is Harlaxton College in England. Students live and study in an English manor and enjoy four-day weekends for travel. Baker’s study-abroad coordinator can locate opportunities in virtually every part of the world.
Is Baker University accredited?

Yes, Baker has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456, ncahlc.org) since 1913. Baker has also met the rigorous accrediting standards of the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

The Baker School of Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

The majors of accounting, business, and international business offered at the College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City are fully accredited at the national level by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Baker has maintained the Baker Wetlands since the 1960s.
There are eight Greek organizations on the Baldwin City campus.
Welcome Week introduces new students to Baker's traditions.
Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel