About Baker FAQ

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 HealthCare, 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 undergraduate 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, 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.