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Baker is a private university that educates traditional and nontraditional students through small classes, innovative instructors, and rigorous course work. Fortune 500 CEOs, New York Times best-selling authors, and Super Bowl champions all proudly claim Baker, the first university in Kansas, as their alma mater.

The university is home to four schools: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the School of Professional and Graduate Studies. Baker offers undergraduate through doctoral programs.



Baker University is committed to assuring student learning, and developing confident, competent, and responsible contributors to society.

Vision & Purpose

Baker University is a premier private university with a tradition of academic excellence and student engagement in a respectful, inviting, and values-based learning community. The faculty provides creative, student-focused learning experiences that challenge students to analyze issues with depth and clarity. Students fully engage in their learning; connect with peers, faculty, and staff; and develop lifelong relationships with diverse groups of people. Graduates realize their potential to become confident, competent contributors to society.


Baker University is a member of numerous professional organizations in higher education including: the Council of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, the Kansas Independent College Association and others. The Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Music Education programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. 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 ACBSP accreditation is limited to degree programs offered on the Baldwin City campus. The Baker School of Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (202.887.6791, and the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Baker University is also accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and is a member of and approved by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church. The Economist recently released its first-ever college rankings system in an effort to educate the public about the true value of a college education. Baker was ranked in the top 50 for the return on investment—backing up the Department of Education’s recent study that indicated Baker graduates earn higher average salaries than their peers from any other university in Kansas—public or private. Baker University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (312.263.0456,, for degree programs in arts, sciences and professional curricula at the associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. Its accreditation has been continuous since first granted in 1913 and was most recently renewed in 2012.  Baker Ranks Among the Top 50 – The Economist