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Welcome Center

Denious Hall

Your Baker journey starts here! The Visitors Center and Office of Admissions are located at 718 Dearborn St., Baldwin City, KS, 66006. Welcome to Baker!

"You're not picking a place to study. You're picking a second home."

Jasmine White
Class of 2021

Campus Life

Clarice L. Osborne Memorial Chapel

Originally built in 1864 in Sproxton, England, the chapel was moved stone by stone in 1996 to serve as the spiritual center of the university. Robert R. Osborne generously provided the funding to dismantle, ship, and rebuild the chapel, which was renamed to honor his wife, Clarice.

Dr. Patricia (McCaslin) Long Student Center

The Long Student Center, named for Baker’s 28th president, offers a welcoming social environment and is home to the Harter Union, University Bookstore, Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall, Marty Mather Student Lounge, and the Daily Grind coffee shop. The Nancy Richard Student Affairs Suite, which houses the Department of Student Affairs, is upstairs, and the Mail and Copy Center is in the basement.

Rice Auditorium

Rice Auditorium is home to Baker’s theatre program. Located adjacent to Owens Musical Arts Building, it seats 885 people for events such as theatre productions, concerts, visiting artists, and convocation.

Student Counseling Center

The Student Counseling Center provides confidential, short-term individual counseling services, group and couples counseling, referrals, and consultation to all university students. Cost is covered by tuition, so there is no charge for services.

Susanne Richardson Teel Dining Hall

Located in the Long Student Center, the dining hall satisfies even the pickiest eater with fresh salad, soup, deli selections, and pizza available daily in addition to the main menu. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.

Hartley Plaza

Located just outside the Dr. Patricia (McCaslin) Long Student Center and the Ivan L. Boyd Center for Collaborative Science Education, Hartley Plaza offers outdoor dining and study spaces and a location for campus events and activities.

Baldwin First United Methodist Church

Each spring before commencement, graduates and faculty march in their caps and gowns from campus to the church for a brief baccalaureate service.

Residence Halls & Apartments

Gessner Hall

Gessner Hall houses 140 students and five Residence Life staff members. Rooms house two students each, with a semiprivate bathroom connecting the adjoining rooms.

Irwin Hall

Irwin Hall houses 140 students and five Residence Life staff members. Rooms house two students each, with a semiprivate bathroom connecting the adjoining rooms.

Horn and Markham Apartments

The apartment complex houses 95 students and one Residence Life staff member. Four students share one furnished apartment that includes individual bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, and two bathrooms.

New Living Center

The New Living Center houses 180 students in 48 rooms and six Residence Life staff members. Student suites include a common living room for two or four suitemates and one semiprivate bathroom per two students. Residents can whip up a quick meal or late-night snack in the community kitchen. The NLC also houses one classroom and a computer lab with printing capabilities.

"I had some really fun and supportive suite mates and ironically enough, one of them became one of my best friends ever."

MaryJoan (MJ) Monteclaro
Class of 2022

Fraternities & Sororities

Alpha Chi Omega

Sorority Chapter House

The Omicron chapter was installed at Baker in 1908.
Philanthropy: Domestic Violence Awareness

Chapter Website | National Website Virtual House Tour

Delta Delta Delta

Sorority Chapter House

The Lambda chapter was installed at Baker in 1895.
Philanthropy: Children’s Cancer Charities

Chapter Website | National Website | Virtual House Tour

Delta Tau Delta

Fraternity Chapter House

The Gamma Theta chapter was installed at Baker in 1903.
Philanthropy: JDRF

Chapter Website | National Website | Virtual House Tour

Kappa Sigma

Fraternity Chapter House

The Beta Tau chapter was installed at Baker in 1903.
Philanthropy: Military Heroes

Chapter Website | National Website | Virtual House Tour

Sigma Pi Epsilon

Fraternity Chapter House

The Kansas Alpha chapter was installed at Baker in 1910.
Philanthropy: St. Baldricks Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Douglas County (National Philanthropy)

Chapter Website | National Website | Virtual House Tour

Zeta Chi

Fraternity Chapter House

The organization was founded at Baker University in 1905.
Philanthropy: Children’s Mercy

Website | Virtual House Tour

Zeta Tau Alpha

Sorority Chapter House

The Sigma chapter was installed at Baker in 1912.
Philanthropy: Cones for a Cure

Chapter Website | National Website | Virtual House Tour

Athletics

Cavaness Softball Field

A.B. Cavaness, one of Kansas’ outstanding poets and a member of the school’s first graduating class in 1866, presented the ground where Liston Stadium and the softball field now sit.

Charlie Richard Outdoor Sports Complex

Located a few blocks east of campus, the complex provides practice and competition space for football, soccer, track and field, baseball, and softball. The complex is named for Charlie Richard, who coached football from 1980 to 1990 and 1992 to 1994. During that time, the Wildcats went to the national tournament 10 times and made five Final Four appearances.

George F. Collins, Jr. Sports and Convention Center

Collins Center provides the home for members of the athletic staff, two practice basketball courts, the varsity court (with a seating capacity of 1,800), a jogging track, athletic support facilities, and the Baker Athletic Hall of Fame. The Baker dance, cheer, and wrestling teams compete at Collins Center.

Laury Tennis Courts

The Baker tennis teams train and host tournaments on the Laury Tennis Courts.

Liston Stadium and Metzger Hay Track

Liston Stadium, named for legendary coach Emil S. Liston, was built during the mid-1930s by a group of young men who traded labor for tuition money. Plaques honoring 15 fallen soldiers from World War I adorn the west side of the stadium’s stone wall. The facility provides practice and competition space for football, track and field, and soccer.

North Park Soccer Fields

In addition to the field at Liston Stadium, the soccer teams also train and host games on the grass field at North Park, located less than a mile north of campus.

Sauder Baseball Field

Sauder Field is home to the Wildcats baseball team.

Academics

Bennet Art Building

Fine & Performing Arts

Built in 1977, the building is equipped with kilns and pottery wheels and is the home for Baker’s 3D studio art program.

Owens Musical Arts Building

Fine & Performing Arts

Owens is home to Baker’s music program. McKibbin Recital Hall, the audio-visual room, the band room, the piano laboratory, and several practice rooms are located in this building.

Parmenter Hall

Fine & Performing Arts | History, Culture & Society

Parmenter Hall houses the Department of History, Culture, and Society and the 2D art program and studio spaces. Its historic rooms include the Lincoln-Kemper Parlor, the Holt-Russell Art Gallery, and the Darby-Hope Theater. Parmenter was completed in 1871, and Abraham Lincoln contributed $100 to its construction. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Case Hall

Humanities & Education

Case Hall, which was originally constructed in 1904 to serve as the library, is home to the Department of Humanities and the undergraduate program in the School of Education. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mabee Memorial Hall

Health, Psychology, Business, Economics

Mabee Hall houses the Departments of Applied Health Science, Psychology, and Business and Economics as well as classrooms. It also houses the Department of Athletics; practice facilities for wrestling, dance, cheer, baseball, and softball; the Athletic Training Center; and the Mabee Fitness Center and Shore Weight Room.

Pulliam Center

Mass Media

Pulliam houses the Department of Mass Media, where Baker students produce the award-winning Baker Orange online newspaper, BakerRadio programs, and digital media. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Baker University Wetlands & Discovery Center

Sciences

The Baker Wetlands encompasses 927 acres of rich, natural wildlife. This exceptional environment gives students a unique opportunity for increased exploration and education about biological and ecological processes. Located just 10 miles north of the Baldwin City Campus, the Baker Wetlands is a true regional distinction for the university.

School of Nursing

In partnership with Stormont Vail Health, students in the bachelor of science in nursing program complete 62 hours of prerequisites on Baker’s Baldwin City campus while working closely with a prenursing advisor, then they complete their two-year professional program at the Pozez Education Center in Topeka.

"If I'm going though something, they'll help me through it."

Sabrena Hayles
Class of 2023

Library

Collins Library

In addition to the library and its special collections, Collins Library houses Student Academic Success, computer classrooms, an active distance learning room, and the 24-hour information commons on the lower level.

Spencer Library Wing

Part of the Collins Library, the Spencer Wing houses the Baker University and the Kansas United Methodist Archives and the Quayle Bible Collection.

Financial Aid & Business Offices

Constant Hall

The Office of the President, academic administration, the Business Office, Office of the Registrar, Office of Financial Aid, and Human Resources are located in Constant Hall.

Alumni

Alumni Center

The Alumni Center houses the Office of Development and Alumni Relations. Meeting spaces downstairs are used during Alumni Weekend and Homecoming and for events such as mock interviews for students.

"I can tell you that the role Baker played in creating my group of friends was invaluable."

Scott Hollister
Class of 1989

Landmarks

Collins House

Collins House is the residence of the Baker University president. The public side of the house is used for campus events and receptions.

Columbian Commonwealth Class Gate

Baker University’s class of 1891 began the tradition of naming itself and at graduation bequeathing its title to the incoming freshman class. Incoming students officially enter campus on Traditions Night through their class gate. When they graduate, they depart Baker the same way, through their gate.

Ferrell Green

Home to the Grape Arbor and Taft Bridge, Ferrell Green offers plenty of trees for hammocking and Adirondack chairs for relaxing.

Grape Arbor

Although the original Grape Arbor in the heart of campus has been replaced, its tradition remains. Legend has it that when sweethearts kiss beneath the Grape Arbor, their love will last forever.

House of Hanover Class Gate

Baker University’s class of 1891 began the tradition of naming itself and at graduation bequeathing its title to the incoming freshman class. Incoming students officially enter campus on Traditions Night through their class gate. When they graduate, they depart Baker the same way, through their gate.

King Arthur's Court Class Gate

Baker University’s class of 1891 began the tradition of naming itself and at graduation bequeathing its title to the incoming freshman class. Incoming students officially enter campus on Traditions Night through their class gate. When they graduate, they depart Baker the same way, through their gate.

Old Castle Museum

At the time it was constructed, it was the first and only college building in Kansas. Now as a museum, Old Castle houses artifacts from early Kansas, Methodist, and Baker history. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Kibbee Cabin

The cabin played an important role in the creation of Baker University when a group of Methodist ministers gathered there and made plans to form a college in the town of Palmyra, which is now Baldwin City. Although Kibbee Cabin is a replica, it is a direct reminder of Baker’s history.

Palmyra Post Office

Blood’s Grocery was located in Palmyra (now Baldwin City) and was a stop on the Santa Fe Trail between 1857 and 1862. It also served as the town’s post office. It was moved to its present location and opened in 1976 as a museum.

Senatus Romanus Class Gate

Baker University’s class of 1891 began the tradition of naming itself and at graduation bequeathing its title to the incoming freshman class. Incoming students officially entering campus on Traditions Night through their class gate. When they graduate, they depart Baker the same way, through their gate.

Taft Bridge

U.S. President William Howard Taft was on the Baldwin City campus for the inauguration of Baker President Wilbur Mason on Sept. 24, 1911, where he delivered the first public pronouncement for world peace by the U.S. federal government. The current bridge replaces the one built for his visit.

Ivan L. Boyd Arboretum

The conversion of the campus from a predominantly grassland community to a woody landscape began in 1874 with the planting of catalpas and maples. The arboretum was formally established in 1978. In 2011, Baker was the first university in Kansas to earn the Tree Campus USA distinction from the Arbor Day Foundation for its commitment to promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation.

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