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. What is your academic advising program like?
Baylor's University Advisement Office offers services designed to help your student fulfill his or her academic goals and potential. In addition to selecting classes, professional advisors will assist your student with reviewing degree audits, finding a major, developing academic plans and clarifying personal goals. During Freshman Orientation or advisement/registration for transfer students, your student will have a first meeting with an academic advisor and register for classes. You can learn more about Baylor's University advisement program by going to the University Advisement website.
3. Does Baylor offer any dual admissions 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.
4. What is the governing board at Baylor?
Baylor University is governed by a Board of Regents. Visit the Board of Regents website to view our current Regents. Kenneth Winston Starr, J. D. was named as Baylor University's 14th President on June 1, 2010. On November 11, 2013, he was named to the position of president and chancellor. Visit the Senior Administration page for additional information about Baylor's Administration.
5. How do I contact a specific department or office on campus?
Contact information for students, faculty and staff is available online through the online directory.
6. Where is Baylor located?
Baylor University is located in Waco, Texas, about 100 miles south of Dallas/Fort Worth and 100 miles north of Austin. The main campus adjoins the beautiful Brazos River near Waco's downtown. For more information on Waco, please visit the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau.
8. How safe is Baylor's campus?
Baylor has a full-time police force patrolling campus and the surrounding area 24/7 year round. This patrol includes five marked patrol units along with a specialized bike patrol unit. The Baylor Police Department also monitors more than 200 emergency call boxes located throughout campus. These call boxes give individuals immediate contact with police dispatchers. Dispatchers also monitor the weather through the National Weather Service. Baylor police are also involved in numerous crime prevention and awareness programs conducted throughout the campus.
For information about crime statistics, crime prevention efforts and other issues related to campus safety, visit the Baylor University Police Department. Baylor University also provides information related to the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.
9. 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.
10. Are students allowed to 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 a student 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.
11. What is the contact information for the Office of Admission Services?
Please visit our Contact Information page.
12. What services are provided for students with learning and physical disabilities?
Housed in the Paul L. Foster Success Center, the Office of Access and Learning Accommodation collaborates with faculty and administration to provide academic accommodations to student with documented disabilities within a caring environment.
13. What type of health services are available to students?
Baylor University Health Services provides comprehensive health services to Baylor students. The Baylor Health Center is a primary care ambulatory clinic. A multidisciplinary staff comprised of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, psychologists, a consulting psychiatrist, a physical therapist and administrative and technical personnel are available to provide a comprehensive array of services.
Medical Services include:
Counseling and Psychological Services include:
14. Where can I find information about Baylor that complies with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008?
You can find this information at baylor.edu/heoa.
15. 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 them greater range of freedom than they might find at secular universities, and some other religious institutions, because they 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 them decide where their 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 they graduate. Education at Baylor is about inquiry, discovery, artistic expression and cultural engagement. It is fundamentally about how they should live.