Baylor welcomes future Big 12 partner Utah to Waco a year early
As far as athletics goes, the two schools are practically complete strangers. This Saturday marks the two schools’ first meeting in football, and they’ve only met a combined five times ever across men’s basketball, women’s basketball and baseball. (Furthermore: Only one of those meetings was in the last 45 years!)
Academically, however, Baylor and Utah have much more in common than you might think.
Both schools are among the top 10 nationally for undergraduate entrepreneurship (Utah No. 5, Baylor No. 8), and The Wall Street Journal ranked both schools in the top 5% nationally for student engagement (Baylor No. 4, Utah No. 36).
Both schools count an artificial heart pioneer among their numbers (Dr. Michael DeBakey, a BU faculty member, and Dr. Robert Jarvik, a Utah alum and researcher). Multiple graduates of each school have served as governor of the school’s state (five Bears and seven Utes).
As partners in the Big 12 starting next year, such similarities may lay a foundation for a strong partnership with yet another of the league’s newest members.
Sic ’em, Utes!