On Campus with Curt: Baylor University


Baylor University is a private Baptist university in Waco, Texas. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest continuously operating university in Texas and was one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River in the United States. The school’s motto is Pro Ecclesia, Pro Texana (For Church, For Texas).

Baylor seal

One of the nation's first homecoming celebrations originated at Baylor in 1909. Baylor Homecoming is home to the nation’s oldest and longest collegiate parade.

Baylor Pat Neff Hall

Baylor’s mascot is the American black bear. The university has two live bears on campus named Joy and Lady, each bearing the title of Judge in honor of the first live mascot. The school’s costumed mascot is named Bruiser.


Baylor has more than 120,000 living alumni including: Grammy Award-winning Christian recording artist Phil Driscoll; stand-up comedian Jeff Dunham; writer Robert Fulghum ("All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten"); Silence of the Lambs author Thomas Harris; country music artist Willie Nelson; People Magazine co-founder Hal C. Wingo; American Airlines CEO Thomas W. Horton; Western Refining CEO Paul Foster; former Houston Astros owner Drayton McLane, Jr.; Oracle Corporation CEO Mark Hurd; 2011 Heisman Trophy-winner Robert Griffin III; former Philadelphia Philly Pat Combs; Detroit Piston Vinnie Johnson; Chicago Bear Mike Singletary; Lady Longhorn legend Jody Conradt; U.S. Senators Rand Paul and Trey Gowdy; former University of Oklahoma and Texas A&M President William Bennett Bizzell; former Abilene Christian University President Royce Money; Texas Governors Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross, Pat Morris Neff, Price Daniel, Mark White, Ann Richards and former Lubbock Mayor Roy Bass.

By Curt Langford