|Religious affiliation||United Methodist Church|
|President||Dr. Patricia N. Long|
|Students||4,000 (900 in Baldwin City)|
|Location||Baldwin City, Kansas, United States|
Baker University is a private, residential, university located in Baldwin City, Kansas, United States. Founded in 1858, it is the oldest university in Kansas and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
Baker University is made up of four schools. The College of Arts and Sciences and the undergraduate courses in the School of Education (SOE) are located at the campus in Baldwin City, Kansas. The School of Professional and Graduate Studies (SPGS) and the graduate branch of the SOE serve working adults at campuses in Lee's Summit, Missouri and Kansas City, Missouri, Overland Park, Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, and Wichita, Kansas. The School of Nursing, which is operated in partnership with Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, offers a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Enrollment in all four schools has grown to a total student population of nearly 4,000. There are more than 900 students on the Baldwin City campus, approximately 2,700 in SPGS and SOE programs, and 170 at the School of Nursing. A recent survey by the Kansas City Business Journal listed Baker University's MBA program as the most popular in the Kansas City, Missouri Metropolitan Area.
Baker University was chartered on February 12, 1858. Named for Osmon Cleander Baker, a distinguished scholar and bishop of what is now the United Methodist Church, the school holds the honor of being the first university in Kansas.
Baker graduates have gone on to successful careers as writers, scientists, explorers, teachers, business professionals, performers, politicians, academicians, visionaries, trendsetters and more. Four graduates have been named Rhodes Scholars and one has earned a Pulitzer Prize.Baker's Baldwin City campus has three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.
Baker University teams, known as the Wildcats, have only one official color: orange. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Region V competing in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
In 1890 Baker University won a 22-9 victory against the University of Kansas in the first intercollegiate football game to take place in Kansas. Since 1978 women have been competing in sports at Baker.
- Walt A. Anderson, Baker class of 1922 The first “fast-food” mass-produced hamburger. He did this through the co-founding of the White Castle Restaurant Chain in 1922.
- Andrew Cherng - Panda Express founder
- Joseph Little Bristow - US Senator from Kansas, 1909-1915.
- Don Wendell Holter - American Bishop of the United Methodist Church, elected in 1972.
- Mike Gardner - head football coach at Tabor College and Malone University
- Delma Kollar - supercentenarian and teacher
- George LaFrance - Arena Football League Hall of Fame member
- Kevin Mahogany - Jazz Singer.
- Mike McCarthy - Green Bay Packers head coach, appointed in 2006. Winning coach of Super Bowl XLV.
- Homer A. McCrerey - Commissioned US Naval Academy officer and bioneering oceanographer.
- Candice Millard, Class of 1989, American writer and journalist. Author of New York Times best sellers "The River of Doubt" and "Destiny of the Republic"
- Tanner Purdum - New York Jets Long Snapper Since 2010.
- William Alfred Quayle - American bishop of the Methodist Church, elected in 1908.
- John Clark Ridpath - American educator, historian, and editor.
- William M. Runyan, preacher, songwriter who composed Great Is Thy Faithfulness
- Bennett J. Sims - Sixth bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta consecrated as Diocesan Bishop in 1972.
- Phog Allen - Collegiate basketball coach at Baker University, the University of Central Missouri and the University of Kansas.
- Emil S. Liston - basketball coach (1930–1945) and administrator. Inductee to Basketball Hall of Fame and creator of the NAIA college basketball tournament.
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