Academic Facilities

March 4, 2008
Theological Seminary

The Baugh-Reynolds Campus of George W. Truett Theological Seminary opened in spring 2002. Located next door to Russell Residence Hall, Truett's facilities include a 450-seat chapel, great hall, teaching chapel, classrooms, meeting rooms and faculty and administrative offices.
The 100-foot by 100-foot landscaped, enclosed courtyard offers a quiet outdoor retreat for Truett's students. The chapel spire, towering at more than 100 feet, is visible from I-35 and complements the historic architecture of Baylor.

Law Center

The $33-million classically styled Sheila and Walter Umphrey Law Center opened for the 2001-02 school year. Seated on the banks of the Brazos River, the 128,000-square-foot, three-story facility includes a large advocacy suite with state-of-the-art courtrooms and a two-story-high appellate advocacy courtroom/classroom, as well as an array of other classrooms, lounge areas, competition team and student organization spaces, and administrative areas to serve the school's approximately 400 students.
The three-story library wing offers study and research areas with views overlooking the river. The library's 50,530 square feet of space more than doubled the size of the former law library.

Discovery Center

Opened in May 2004, the Harry and Anna Jeanes Discovery Center, the centerpiece of the Sue and Frank Mayborn Museum Complex, provides an impressive visitor-friendly location for several of the University's collections. The museum's exterior reminds visitors of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello; inside, the 143,000-square-foot building also includes the Department of Museum Studies, faculty and administration offices, and collections storage and preparation areas.
The museum relays the history and science of Central Texas through 16 themed children's discovery rooms, four exploration stations and three walk-in dioramas, including one replicating the Waco Mammoth Site. The 178-seat SBC Theater runs a variety of films related to current exhibits, while the Anding Traveling Exhibit Area provides 5,000 square feet for a wide range of traveling exhibitions.

Paul L Foster Success Center

The Paul L. Foster Success Center is not a new building, but rather a re-imagining of the first two floors of the Sid Richardson Building. The center brings together five offices--Academic Advisement, Academic Support, the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation, Career Counseling, and Career Services--all under one roof in the heart of campus. Computer labs, career resource and study skills centers, and private rooms for tutoring, mentoring and testing are just a few of the amenities within the facility.

Baylor Sciences Building

The University officially dedicated the $103-million Baylor Sciences Building in September 2004. The 508,000-square-foot facility--by far the largest ever built at Baylor--consolidates the science disciplines into one building. 
The facility houses 33 classrooms and lecture halls, ranging in size from 12-15-seat rooms to a 300-seat auditorium; 153 teaching and research laboratories; and faculty, graduate student and administrative offices. Like much of campus, wireless Internet access is available throughout the building, including the large Ken and Celia Carlile Atrium, the 75,000-square-foot plaza and other outdoor areas surrounding the building.