Baylor University is a private, Christian university in Waco, Texas. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas, Baylor is the oldest university in Texas and was one of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River. The university is located in the central part of the state of Texas, an hour south of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and an hour north of Austin, the state capital. Its main 800 plus acre campus is located to the east of the historic area of downtown Waco and the major freeway I-35 on the banks of the Brazos river. Baylor University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Baylor is also the most selective school in the Big 12 Conference for undergraduates with a 39.7% acceptance rate. In 1841, 35 delegates to the Union Baptist Association meeting voted to adopt the suggestion of Reverend William Milton Tryon and R.E.B.
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