Awards, Honors and Recognition

A reflection of Baylor College of Medicine's mission, vision and values, learn more about our various education, healthcare, research, community and corporate awards and rankings. Individuals throughout the College frequently receive local, national and international honors and awards in recognition of their contributions to healthcare and science. View honors received by faculty, staff and trainees

2018 Awards

Reuters Top 100: The World’s Most Innovative Universities 2018

Baylor College of Medicine ranked among the top 100 most innovative universities in the world by Reuters for the fourth year in a row.  At number 43, the College is the highest ranked free-standing health sciences university and one of only two institutions in Texas to make the list. This ranking is based on numerous indicators including patent filings and research paper citations.

Baylor named least expensive private medical school

Baylor College of Medicine was ranked No. 1 on the U.S. News and World Report list of least expensive private medical schools, based on data submitted by 52 ranked medical schools as part of the publication's annual survey. Baylor was the only school on the top 10 list for cost that also was a Top 20-ranked medical school for research (No. 16) and primary care (No. 5) by U.S. News and World Report.

Center for World University Rankings

Baylor College of Medicine has been ranked 94 in the world and 51 in the nation on the Center for World University rankings list for 2018-2019.

Baylor makes leap in U.S. News & World Report rankings

Baylor College of Medicine secured its position as the No. 1 medical school in Texas, the Southwest  and one of the top schools in the nation in the latest U.S. News & World Report medical school rankings.

2018 Houston's Healthiest Employer Award

Baylor earned recognition as one of the top three extra-large companies in the city in Houston Business Journal’s Healthiest Employers. Baylor was recognized for excellence in categories including culture and leadership management, programming and interventions, strategic planning, reporting and analytics, and communications and marketing. Members of the BCM BeWell team received the award at the Houston Business Journal award ceremony in May. See a full list of Houston’s Healthiest Employers.

2017 Awards

Best Global Universities

Baylor College of Medicine earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Global Universities list, ranking No. 55 in the U.S. and No. 126 globally. Of note, the College is No. 24 in molecular biology and genetics, No. 46 in clinical medicine and No. 48. in neuroscience and behavior.

Baylor’s Research Cited in Nature’s 2017 Innovation Index

Two hundred leading global research institutions were ranked for their influence on industry and innovation using a new methodology that relies on knowledge of scholarly work cited in patent literature and the value of the patents as perceived by the applicants. Baylor was listed 12th.

Better Business Bureau Education Foundation 

The Faculty Group Practice at Baylor College of Medicine received the Winner of Distinction Award from the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation at the 2017 BBB Awards for Excellence luncheon. The award recognizes organizations that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence and quality in the workplace. 

Baylor Academy at Ryan wins prestigious award

After being named one of the top magnet schools in the country earlier this spring, Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan went on to receive the Magnet Schools of America President's Award, one of the organization's top national awards. The award was presented during a ceremony at Magnet Schools of America's 35th National Conference in Los Angeles. The school prepares diverse students for rigorous high school programs, college and careers through an innovative, accelerated health science program.

U.S. News & World Report Best Graduate Schools 2017-2018

Baylor College of Medicine programs are consistently ranked among the top in the nation: School of Medicine – 21st in nation for research, 8th for primary care and 9th for pediatrics. Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – 25th in nation for biological sciences, first among free-standing medical schools with associated graduate programs. The Doctor of Nursing Practice – Nurse Anesthesia Program is 2nd in the nation and first in Texas. Physician Assistant Program – 13th in the nation and first in Texas.

Baylor recognized by AHA for employee health programs

Baylor College of Medicine earned the Gold Workplace Health Achievement recognition from the American Heart Association. Companies recognized with this designation meet AHA criteria for their achievement to implement quality employee health programs in a workplace environment characteristic of culture-of-health best practices. Learn more about the BCM BeWell program that is an integral part of the healthy culture at Baylor. 

BCM BeWell Fit-Friendly Workplace Award

Baylor continues to be a fit-friendly place to Live Well, Work Well and BeWell! We are pleased to announce the BCM BeWell Program has earned the 2017 Gold Level Workplace Health Achievement Award from the American Heart Association. To learn more about our award-winning program, please visit the BCM BeWell page. For questions, please email

Reuters Top 100: The World's Most Innovative Universities

Baylor College of Medicine was named one of Reuters' most innovative colleges in the world. At number 44, Baylor College of Medicine was praised for its biotech and pharmaceutical patents. 

College earns wellness award

Baylor was selected as one of the winners of the inaugural Bill Baun Excellence in Wellness Award from the Houston Business Coalition on Health, earning an exemplary honor among organizations with more than 5,000 employees. Members of the BCM BeWell team accepted the award at the HBCH Wellness Awards presentation Dec. 5, 2017 at the United Way of Greater Houston.

2016 Awards

Research Expenditure

The National Science Foundation Higher Education Research and Development Survey released in Nov. 2016 recorded Baylor College of Medicine had over $520 million in research expenditures in fiscal year 2015, ranking 39th in the nation and fourth in Texas. The College is the highest ranked free-standing biomedical institution in the nation. 

Baylor Rises in Ranks of Healthiest Workplaces

This is the second year in a row Baylor has earned the honor, rising to No. 5 on the nationwide list.

Reuters 2016 List of the World’s Most Innovative Universities

Baylor College of Medicine made the Reuters Top 100 list of most innovative universities in the world. At No. 67 on the list, Baylor is noted for having executed 53 new licensing transactions, and for the fourth year in a row filed more than 50 new patent applications.

High Performer Recognition

The Association of Healthcare Philanthropy has named Baylor as one of the top performing organizations in the United States. This recognition came in the 2015 AHP Report on Giving, which identified high performers as the top 25 percent of all reporting organizations.

Baylor Designated Mother-Friendly Worksite

Baylor College of Medicine joins more than 2,000 worksites across the state that improve the health of Texans by proactively supporting their employees in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Visit Texas Friendly Mother website to see Texas directory listings

Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratory named a ‘Deal of the Year’

Baylor Miraca Genetics Laboratory, a joint venture between Baylor and Japan-based Miraca Holdings Inc., was named the winner in the healthcare category of Houston Business Journal’s Deals of the Year awards. BMGL specializes in the development and commercialization of high-quality genetic and genomic testing. 

Houston CPA Society Diversity and Inclusiveness Award

Baylor College of Medicine was selected for the Houston CPA Society’s Excellence in Diversity and Inclusiveness Award for Industry for outstanding and continuous contributions to promoting diversity and inclusiveness within the accounting profession.

2015 Awards

QS World University Rankings 2015

Each year since 2004, the QS World University Rankings compares over 800 universities around the globe based on six performance indicators. Baylor ranks 35th for medicine, making it the number one free standing health sciences university in the rankings. Baylor also ranks 51st in the life science and medicine ranking by faculty. 

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Named to Becker’s Hospital Review List of 100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Neurosurgery and Spine Programs

From the groundbreaking research being performed by Baylor College of Medicine — the number one NIH-funded research facility in Texas— to ongoing advancements in treatment of neurological disorders happening at CHI St. Luke’s Health, the Baylor Neuroscience Institute at Baylor St. Luke’s has received recognition for technology in the prevention and treatment of neurovascular diseases.

BBB 24th Awards for Excellence

Baylor’s Faculty Group Practice was recognized for commitment to ethics, excellence and quality. 

Thomas Reuters 2015: World’s Most Innovative Universities

Baylor College of Medicine made the Reuters Top 100 list of most innovative universities in the world. At No. 47 on the list, Baylor is noted for having executed 59 new technology licensing and options transactions in fiscal year 2014 and managing about 700 active technology licenses.

Healthiest 100

Baylor College of Medicine has been recognized as a 2015 Healthiest 100 Workplace in America for its commitment to employee health and exceptional wellness programming. See additional Baylor Wellness awards.

Comprehensive Designation

Baylor’s Dan L Duncan Cancer Center receives highest National Cancer Institute designation – Comprehensive status.

Charity Navigator’s Top Rating

Baylor’s sound financial management and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it Charity Navigator’s top rating – four stars. This is the first time that the College has received the prestigious evaluation from the nation’s largest independent charity rater. Baylor is one of about 5,500 mid-to-large sized nonprofits that Charity Navigator reviews each year for evidence of fiduciary and governance responsibility, ethical practices and openness with donors. Its four-star rating places it in a select group of high-performing charities. 

National Taiwan University Ranking: 2015 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities

This ranking analyzes the performance of scientific papers of the world’s top 500 universities. Baylor is ranked 94th in the overall ranking and 43rd in the subject rankings for clinical medicine and life sciences.

Houston Chronicle Top Workplaces

In November 2015, the Houston Chronicle's annual Top Workplaces report named Baylor as one of the top businesses in the Large Companies category. The rankings are based on a survey of employees. The survey included questions on opportunity for advancement, the value of pay and benefits, leadership and environment. The College is listed as No. 27 in the Large Companies listing. – Best R&D Budgets 2015

Baylor is the only stand alone life sciences college ranked among the top 50 colleges and universities for research and development expenditures by