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 Transfer admission by visiting our Applying as a Transfer page. For additional questions, contact your Admissions Counselor.
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 Transfer 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. 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.
7. What is the contact information for the Office of Admission Services?
Please visit our Contact Information page.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. What type of housing is available for students?
Baylor University is committed to providing 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.
While freshmen are required to live on campus for one year, transfer students have the option to live on campus or off campus. Many choose to live in the Transfer Year Experience Living-Learning Center.
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.
11. 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.