1. What is the Baylor@MCC program?
The Baylor@MCC Co-Enrollment Program is an invitation-only program created to help meet the rising demand for a Baylor education. Students in the program are co-enrolled at Baylor and McLennan Community College and are able to enjoy the benefits of being a Baylor student while taking the majority of their classes at MCC.
2. How do students apply to the Baylor@MCC program?
Students cannot apply directly to the program. Instead, they should apply for admission to Baylor following the regular freshman admissions process (see baylor.edu/admissions/freshmen). Some applicants who qualify for regular admission who cannot be accepted to Baylor due to space constraints will be offered the option to join an admission wait list or the Baylor@MCC Co-Enrollment Program. Let your admissions counselor know if you are interested in this opportunity.
3. What are the benefits?
Participants will have a new student experience similar to regular Baylor students and be encouraged to participate in Orientation, Welcome Week, etc. In addition, they will have access to the same student services and most activities as other Baylor students. This includes entrance to athletic events, the ability to purchase meal plans and parking decals, and opportunity to live on campus.
4. Is everyone who applies accepted into this program?
We offer the opportunity to apply to the Baylor@MCC program to students who qualify for regular admission to Baylor but who cannot be accepted due to space constraints. There are some situations where the program would not be a good fit for certain students (i.e. you are not planning to pursue one of the recommended majors or you are entering the program with more than 18 college hours). In those cases, we will recommend other options for enrolling at Baylor.
5. What is required of students in the program?
Students join the program for one year beginning in the fall semester and may continue on a semester-by-semester basis depending on the student's academic goals and advisor recommendation. Participants must complete at least 15 credit hours per semester and earn at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all work taken at both institutions and at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA at each institution.
6. What happens if I don't meet the required hours and/or GPA at the end of the spring semester?
Students who do not meet the required hours and/or GPA may request a summer option to make up those hours before the fall semester.
7. What classes will students take while in the Baylor@MCC program?
In their first semester, students typically take Chapel (CHA 1088) and the new student experience course University 1000 (UNIV 1000) at Baylor. In their second semester, students typically will take CHA 1088 and a citizenship and community service class (CCS 1100) at Baylor. Students work closely with their academic adviser to determine the best schedule for their particular situation at Baylor. At MCC, students will take at least 15 hours each semester. These courses are determined by working closely with the MCC academic advisor who will take the student's intended major/degree into consideration.
8. Will AP/IB credits or dual enrollment credits count toward the 30-hour requirements?
Only credits earned after beginning the program are counted toward the 30-hour requirement to complete the program. However, AP, IB, CLEP, dual credit and other credit-by-exam transferrable hours will be accepted according to the terms and conditions established by academic departments and may count toward degree requirements.
9. Will remedial courses count toward the 30-hour requirement?
Remedial courses do not count toward this requirement.
10. Can Baylor@MCC students attend summer school at Baylor or MCC before beginning the program to meet the 30-hour requirement?
Hours taken before beginning the program will not count toward the program requirements although they may count toward a Baylor degree. Students may transfer in a maximum of 70 hours before enrolling as a full-time Baylor student.
11. Can a student change his/her major while enrolled in the Baylor@MCC program?
Yes. While you won't declare a major until you begin full-time study at Baylor, be sure to consult with your advisor if you are considering a change in your intended major.
12. How will students register for classes?
Accepted students who have paid their enrollment deposit and completed pre-registration requirements will be contacted by their academic advisor to register for classes.
Baylor@MCC students are invited to attend Orientation on June 27-28. Orientation is designed to help the student and family members learn about the educational, spiritual, and cultural environment at Baylor and MCC. More information about Orientation will be sent to students in June.
13. When do classes begin?
The first day of the fall 2013 semester is August 26 for both Baylor and MCC.
14. What happens after completing the program?
Students who successfully complete the program will begin full-time study at Baylor.
15. Are students required to live in Baylor housing to participate in the program?
Yes, students are required to live in Baylor housing as a part of this program because we believe living on campus is an important part of the first-year experience. Baylor@MCC students can select housing and roommate preferences through their goBAYLOR accounts after they've paid the enrollment deposit.
16. When will Baylor@MCC students move in?
Your family and an army of Baylor volunteers will help you settle into your new home in August. Specific times will be sent via email a few weeks before you arrive.
17. Can Baylor@MCC students have cars on campus?
Yes, although fee-based public transportation is available from Baylor to MCC for those without one. Students with a car who wish to park at Baylor and/or MCC should obtain parking permits from each institution. MCC's permit is free; Baylor's permit is $300 for the academic year.
18. What meal plans are available for Baylor@MCC students?
Baylor offers a variety of meal plans for you to choose from. Learn more at dining.baylor.edu. Baylor meal plans are selected during Orientation. While at MCC, you can grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Highlander Cafe and snacks and beverages at the Tartan Cafe or The Thistle Stop. Learn more at mclennan.edu/dining.
19. Can Baylor@MCC students participate in Baylor ROTC programs?
Yes! Work with your Baylor and MCC advisors to make sure you enroll in the proper courses and arrange your schedule according to requirements. Learn more at baylor.edu/armyrotc or baylor.edu/afrotc.
20. Can Baylor@MCC students participate in Baylor bands and/or choral groups?
Baylor@MCC students are welcome to audition for Baylor's Golden Wave Marching Band and select choral groups. You can also audition for MCC's many instrumental and vocal ensembles.
21. Can Baylor@MCC students pledge a Baylor fraternity or sorority?
Baylor@MCC students may not participate in student organizations requiring a new member education or pledge program until becoming academically eligible as a resident, full-time Baylor student. They are not eligible to join a social fraternity or sorority at Baylor until they are full-time Baylor students and have met the University grade and hours requirements.
22. Can Baylor@MCC students join professional clubs and organizations at Baylor?
Yes, students may join and participate in professional organizations such as those related to their major. The only limitation is on student organizations that require a new member education or pledge program. Baylor@MCC students can participate in these only after becoming academically eligible as a resident, full-time Baylor student who meets the University grade and hours requirements.
23. Are Baylor@MCC students eligible to obtain student tickets to Baylor football and basketball games?
Yes! Your Baylor student ID will give you access to all regular season Baylor athletic events.
24. Where do Baylor@MCC students go for health services?
Health care services are available to Baylor@MCC students at the Baylor Health Center. Most health insurance plans are accepted. Learn more at baylor.edu/health_center.
25. Will my health insurance cover me as a full-time student in this program?
As long as you are a member of the Baylor@MCC Co-Enrollment Program enrolled in a minimum combined total of 12 credit hours, you will be verified as a full-time student.
26. Where is McLennan Community College located?
McLennan Community College is a short drive from the Baylor campus. Visit the MCC contact page for driving directions or take a look at the virtual tour.
27. How will financial aid be awarded?
MCC awards all state and federal financial aid for students in the Baylor@MCC program. This includes grants, loans and work-study. Students should submit the FAFSA at www.FAFSA.gov as soon as possible. Use the MCC federal code 003590. Students who have already submitted their FAFSA form to Baylor should log in to their submitted FAFSA form at www.FAFSA.gov and added the MCC federal code. Once at Baylor full-time, students will be considered for Baylor transfer scholarships. These currently range from $4,000-$10,000 per academic year and are based on cumulative college GPA.
28. Now that I've been accepted, how will I know how much financial aid I am offered?
Within 10 days of filing the FAFSA, you should check MCC WebAdvisor under "Missing Documents" to find any additional documents that must be submitted to the MCC Financial Aid Office before the FAFSA can be processed. Once MCC has processed your FAFSA, an award letter will be emailed to you and also posted in MCC WebAdvisor. After reviewing this letter you should decide whether you need to apply for an alternative loan to help cover program costs.
29. How and when will I be billed for the costs of the program?
Billing and financial settlement occur separately at each institution, and financial settlement must be completed to secure a spot in the program. Baylor bills will be made available to registered students July 6 and are due by July 31. MCC bills will be made available July 23 and are due August 16. Payment must be received by the due date or you risk losing your housing and classes. If a refund is expected from MCC because financial aid and/or loans will be more than enough to cover charges at MCC, then Baylor can consider this anticipated refund and adjust the Minimum Amount Due (first installment payment) accordingly. After receiving a semester bill, please email Cashiers_Office@baylor.edu for consideration.
30. How are outside scholarships applied to my account?
All outside scholarships should be sent to MCC from the granting organization. Please submit them to:
McLennan Community College
Office of Financial Aid
1400 College Drive
Waco, TX 76708
31. When do classes begin?
Classes at MCC and Baylor begin on August 26.