Başkent University was founded on January 13, 1994, by Prof. Dr Mehmet Haberal. In 1993, procedures were begun to establish Başkent University, with the aid of the Haberal Educational Foundation. In accordance with Article 3961 of the Legal Code, which officially formed the university 1994. The main objective is to build an academic institution that will ultimately be a full-fledged and internationally prominent university. In the 1995-1996 academic year, Başkent University moved to its new Campus at Bağlıca, located 20 km. west of the centre of Ankara, on the main highway to Eskişehir.
Today, Başkent University has developed and grown over the past eight years without governmental support. The construction of the buildings began on campus in 1995 and many other facilities have been added since then. Currently, the university is considered as one of Turkey's elite colleges in terms of its scientific approach in education. Currently, the university's enrolment includes 806 associate students, 7,535 undergraduate students and 831 graduate students.