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Frequently Asked Questions

Freshmen

1. What type of academic calendar does Baylor use?
2. Does Baylor require an interview for admission?
3. Does Baylor consider religious affiliation, age, race, legacy status, etc. when evaluating applicants?
4. What is required in order to apply?
5. How can I check my application status?
6. What is your undergraduate class profile?
7. What is Baylor's mission?
8. What does it mean to be a Christian university?
9. What are some of Baylor's traditions?
10. Tell me about Baylor's mascots.
11. How do I schedule a campus visit?
12. Can freshmen have cars on campus?
13. What is the contact information for the Office of Admission Services?
14. Can students defer their enrollment at Baylor?
15. When must students declare a major?
16. Does Baylor offer any online courses or distance learning programs?
17. Does Baylor offer any dual admission programs?
18. What type of housing is available for students?
19. How do you evaluate students who are home-schooled?
20. Do you accept dual credit or credit by exam?
21. How does residency affect the cost of Baylor?




Freshmen

1. What type of academic calendar does Baylor use?
Baylor University operates on a two-semester academic year, plus two six-week summer sessions. View our academic calendar to find out specific dates like when classes start or when finals are held.

2. Does Baylor require an interview for admission?
Baylor University does not require an interview for general admission. See what's required for Freshmen admission by visiting our Applying as a Freshman page. For additional questions, contact your Admissions Counselor.

While applicants are not required to come to campus for an interview, we do strongly encourage them to visit campus. Visiting is the best way to experience a college for yourself and determine if it is a good fit.

3. Does Baylor consider religious affiliation, age, race, legacy status, etc. when evaluating applicants?
Baylor University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, gender, age or disability. The university, in maintaining the standards and ideals for which it stands, reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant whose previous record is deemed unsatisfactory.

4. What is required in order to apply?
All prospective students must create a goBAYLOR account to access the free online application. Additional admission requirements are outlined at our Applying as a Freshman page.

5. How can I check my application status?
It is the responsibility of every applicant to ensure that his or her application file is completed by the deadline. Students first need to create an online goBAYLOR account. Then, they will be able to check their application status at any time by logging in to goBAYLOR. For additional status questions, contact your Admissions Counselor.

6. What is your undergraduate class profile?
Baylor University has more than 13,000 undergraduate students enrolled for the current school year. More than 3,000 of the student population were incoming freshmen. Thirty-five percent of Baylor's undergraduates are from racial or ethnic minority groups.

Baylor's average classroom has 27 students, with a student/faculty ratio of 15:1. Ninety percent of all classes are taught by faculty members. Most faculty members are actively engaged in research, several hold special chairs in their respective fields, and all are dedicated to challenging and teaching students. All faculty members work with undergraduates and serve as academic advisers to the students. Learn more Quick Facts.

7. What is Baylor's mission?
Baylor's mission is to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community. Read more about our mission.

8. What does it mean to be a Christian university?
As a Christian university in the Baptist tradition, Baylor provides a framework in which students can explore and grow in faith alongside intellect. This actually gives you greater range of freedom than you might find at secular universities, and some other religious institutions, because you will be able to ask questions that truly lead to spiritual development. Students are not asked to attend a specific church or subscribe to a specific denomination; instead, Baylor is structured to help you decide where your personal faith journey should lead. Education at Baylor is not merely the transfer of facts and ideas from faculty to students; nor is it just about getting a job once you graduate. Education at Baylor is about inquiry, discovery, artistic expression and cultural engagement. It is fundamentally about how you should live.

9. What are some of Baylor's traditions?
As the longest continually-operating university in Texas, Baylor has many long-standing traditions. During football season, freshmen have the opportunity to be a part of the Baylor Line. Members of the Baylor Line wear jerseys with their graduation year on the back as well as a nickname. Before every game, they run onto the football field and make a tunnel for the players to run through. The Baylor Line also gets the best seats in the house - right behind the opposing team!

In the spring, Baylor celebrates Diadeloso, or Day of the Bear. Once a year in April, classes are canceled, and students and faculty spend the day outside together. There is a picnic on the grounds, numerous tournaments throughout the day (the most popular being the tug-of-war competition) and entertainment by different student and outside groups. It is a great day to spend with your classmates and professors before the end of the school year!

Read about all of our traditions.

10. Tell me about Baylor's mascots.
Baylor students are proud to be the Bears! Two sister bears, Lady and Joy, live in the middle of campus in the Bill and Eva Williams Bear Habitat. Lady and Joy are North American black bears and are cared for in their Class C zoo by current students. To learn more about Lady and Joy, check out Baylor's Bear Program.

11. How do I schedule a campus visit?
Baylor offers many opportunities for students to visit campus. Learn more about the different types of visit experiences at baylor.edu/visit. You'll also find helpful resources for planning your trip. Register for your visit online or by calling 1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 1, 2.

12. Can freshmen have cars on campus?
Freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus but must register them with Parking Services. Parking decals are available for purchase from the Cashier's Office for the year, semester, or summer session. Baylor is a mid-sized campus, and students can easily walk from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes. Aside from walking or biking, Baylor provides shuttle services around campus as well as DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle). DASH provides transportation from Baylor to many downtown businesses and attractions.

13. What is the contact information for the Office of Admission Services?
Please visit our Contact Information page.

14. Can students defer their enrollment at Baylor?
Baylor University does not have a deferred enrollment policy. If you would like to attend Baylor in a future semester, simply cancel your acceptance and reapply for admission for the term you would like to begin classes.

15. When must students declare a major?
Many first-year students come to Baylor undecided about what they want to study. Since several students change their major, Baylor does not require students to declare a major their first year. Visit baylor.edu/advising for more information.

16. Does Baylor offer any online courses or distance learning programs?
Baylor does not offer online courses or distance learning programs at the undergraduate level. The only exception is the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, which is located in Dallas. Pre-nursing students generally spend two years at the Waco campus before applying to the School of Nursing and transferring to the Dallas campus.

Baylor also offers select graduate programs in different locations.

17. Does Baylor offer any dual admission programs?
Yes, Baylor has two dual admission programs.

Baylor offers a medical program, where select students can earn dual admission to the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Learn more about the Baylor2 Medical Track Program.

We also work with Baylor Law School to offer a dual admission law program to select students. Learn more about the Baylor2 Law School Program.

18. What type of housing is available for students?
Baylor University provides several residence halls and apartments, where students can form friendships, cultivate social and leadership skills and grow in integrity and faith. Currently, 38 percent of students live on campus. Freshmen are required to live on campus for one year.

Multiple housing options are available to Baylor students. There are traditional freshmen residence halls, Living and Learning Centers that partner with academic departments, upperclassmen apartments and residential colleges. Accepted students apply for housing when they pay their enrollment deposit. Specifics regarding residence hall policies and amenities can be found on the Campus Living & Learning website.

19. How do you evaluate students who are home-schooled?
Please view our Who Qualifies page to find Home School & Private School Requirements.

20. Do you accept dual credit or credit by exam?
Baylor does offer credit for IB and AP placement exams based on qualifying test scores. For a listing of what is required, visit the Institutional Research and Testing page.

Students who enroll in dual credit courses while in high school should submit an official college transcript for evaluation. Visit the Transferring Credits to Baylor page for more information.

21. How does residency affect the cost of Baylor?
Residency does not affect the cost of attending Baylor since it is a private institution.

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