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Fast Facts and Figures

Historical Snapshot

A brief history: 

  • Founded in 1900 as the University of Dallas Medical Department
  • Affiliated with Baylor University in 1903
  • Moved from Dallas to Houston in 1943
  • In 1969, Baylor College of Medicine became an independent institution


Located in Houston's Texas Medical Center, a 1,000-acre complex of 49 independent institutions.


Ranked as one of the top medical schools for research in U.S. News & World Report's America's Best Graduate Schools.

Ranked first in Texas in funding from the National Institutes of Health.

The only free-standing medical school ranked among the top 50 U.S. colleges and universities for research expenditures by BestColleges.com.

Ranked fourth among the nation's medical schools by Studentdoc.com.

Ranked second for Hispanic medical students by Hispanic Business Journal

Is the only private medical school in the greater southwest.

Has 25 departments and more than 90 research and patient-care centers.

Total research support: $363 million ($280 million from federal sources).

Over $99 million in funding from CPRIT, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, which was established in 2007 with a commitment of $3 billion to fund groundbreaking cancer research prevention programs and services in Texas over the next 10 years.

NIH Funding Rank of U.S. Medical Schools - FY 2013

Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research

Baylor College of Medicine – 19th 

BCM Departmental Rankings:

  • 1st Genetics
  • 2nd Anatomy and Cell Biology
  • 4th Pediatrics
  • 7th Neuroscience
  • 10th Biochemistry
  • 13th Urology
  • 13th Neurosurgery
  • 14th Physical Medicine

By the numbers

Full-time: 2,173
Part-time: 548
Voluntary: 1,741
Emeritus: 87

Full-time: 3,808
Part-time: 433

Medical school: 747
Graduate school: 615
Allied Health: 190
Tropical medicine course participants: 132*
Postdoctoral fellows: 582
Residents: 956
Clinical fellows: 421
*This number includes registrants and projected registrants.

Medical: 7,905 (3,770 living in Texas)
Residents: 7,052 (2,829 living in Texas)
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: 1,669
School of Allied Health Sciences: 2,279

Affiliate Hospitals

Baylor College of Medicine and its affiliated hospitals enjoy international reputations for medical excellence. Learn more about our affiliates:

Statistics for New Students, 2012-2013

Medical School
185 students enrolled
94 men
91 women
102 graduated from Texas colleges and universities 
83 graduated from other U.S. colleges and universities
30 underrepresented in medicine
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.83
Average MCAT score: 11.50 (15-point scale)

School of Allied Health
62 students enrolled
12 men
50 women
42 Texas residents
20 graduated from other U.S. schools
Average GPA: 3.64

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
103 students enrolled
49 men
54 women
22 graduated from Texas colleges and universities
37 graduated from other U.S. colleges and universities
44 international students
Average undergraduate GPA: 3.60