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, the largest medical complex in the world with 21 hospitals, 13 support organizations, eight academic and research institutions, six nursing programs, three public health organizations, three medical schools, two universities, two pharmacy schools, and a dental school.


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.

Has 26 departments and more than 90 research and patient-care centers.

Total research support:

$38.9 million in total funding for sponsored projects in fiscal year 2014.

Over $121 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.

Ranked 20th for FY 2014 by NIH Funding Rank of U.S. Medical Schools.  Baylor has ranked first in Texas since 2006, the first year the rankings were done by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.

By the Numbers

Full-time: 2,388
Part-time: 623
Voluntary: 1,433
Emeritus: 89

Full-time: 3,935
Part-time: 456

Medical school: 738
Graduate school: 620
Allied Health: 224
Tropical medicine course participants: 126*
Postdoctoral fellows: 522
Residents: 963
Clinical fellows: 453
*This number includes registrants and projected registrants.
See detailed enrollment report PDF.

Medical: 8,044 (3,874 living in Texas)
Residents: 7,205 (2,897 living in Texas)
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: 1,727
School of Allied Health Sciences: 2,239

Affiliate Hospitals

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