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Applying as an International

We are delighted that you are ready to apply to Baylor. It's a simple, hassle-free process when you use goBAYLOR, our unique admissions portal. GoBAYLOR will guide you through the admissions process one step at a time, from submitting your application all the way through housing decisions, signing up for Orientation and more. It's all free, and it's the easiest way to go from prospective student to new Baylor Bear! To get started and access the online application, create your personal profile at goBAYLOR.

If you need help with some of our terminology, please consult our International Student Glossary.

To review a general overview of the Admissions process, download our timeline.

Key Dates for International Freshmen Applicants

Early Action: November 1 (non-binding)
Regular Admission: February 1

NOTE: We strongly encourage International Freshman students to apply by the November 1 deadline so that we have sufficient time to receive documents, process your application and make an admission decision.

Key Dates for International Transfer and Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

Spring Admissions: December 1
Fall Admissions: June 1

Key Documents

Regardless of which application form you use when applying, you must create a goBAYLOR account to track your application status. Additional steps might be required based on your individual circumstances. Check your goBAYLOR account for more details on these items. The key documents required of all applicants are:

  • Certified documentation of all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended

    • All secondary school, college or university transcripts or marks sheets should document all course work completed
    • All course titles, and the marks earned in those courses, should be reflected
    • Although we prefer original documents, photocopies are acceptable as long as they are certified copies ’ that is, signed and stamped by a school or government official. Other photocopies, as well as scanned/e-mailed or faxed documents, will NOT be accepted.
    • If using outside credential evaluators, we are only able to accept documents from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), World Education Services (WES) or the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO)
    • If you are submitting a transcript in a language other than English, please also provide an official translation of the document.

  • Certified documentation of exit examination scores or leaving certificate (required for International Freshmen & Transfer students only)

    • This refers to final secondary school examination or certificate (GCE, WAEC, Cambridge Exam, etc.), leaving certificate, or diploma. If you are not sure about which exam is required for you, consult your Admissions Counselor.
    • If you have not yet taken your examination, your admission may be contingent upon our receipt of your exam results.
    • Although we prefer original documents, photocopies are acceptable as long as they are official copies ’ that is, signed and stamped by a school or government official. Other photocopies, as well as scanned/e-mailed or faxed documents, will NOT be accepted.

  • Official SAT 1 and/or ACT scores (required for International Freshmen only)

  • Documentation of English Proficiency - Baylor will accept any one of the following:

    • An official transcript (mark sheet) showing the completion of one year of full-time study at a school located in the United States
    • An official statement of completion from one full year of full-time study at a school where English is the official language of instruction
    • An official SAT 1 Critical Reading score of 470 or ACT English score of 20

    • An official IELTS score of 6.0

    • An official TOEFL score of 540 (on the paper-based test) or 76 (on the internet-based test).

      NOTE: Test scores must be transmitted to Baylor directly from the testing agency. We will not accept copies of your student score report.


Required materials for obtaining a U.S. Student Visa (after being accepted):

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