Invitation to Excellence is a special weekend program that showcases a few of the exciting academic opportunities Baylor offers. Participants receive a one-time $2,000 scholarship and are eligible to apply for a full-tuition Faculty Scholarship. Prospective students who meet the qualifications below are encouraged to apply to attend the event.
Friday and Saturday, January 19-20, 2018
You can bring up to two parents/guardians to the event. Expect to be on campus for dinner Friday evening and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m on Saturday.
Applicants should be high-achieving high school seniors who have scored 1300/1360 (old/new) or above on the SAT (math & critical reading) or a 29 or above on the ACT. Saturday’s academic breakout sessions will be hosted by the academic units listed below.
These sessions are the best fit for students planning to major within the host’s academic unit. If you are selected to attend and have a major outside these academic areas, you will be placed in the Honors College session. The Honors College offers programs available to students in any major.
If you are a high-achieving student interested in a major outside this realm, please see if you qualify to attend other special visit events such as a Distinguished Scholars Day or a Baylor2 Program.
Students interested in pre-law should consider applying for the January event because it coincides with the interview day for Baylor2 Law School Program.
Students interested in attending Invitation to Excellence should follow these steps:
The event begins Friday night with an elegant hors d'oeuvres and dessert reception where you and your parents will enjoy mingling with faculty members from all across campus.
Saturday is a full day of experiencing Baylor for yourself. After an early morning overview, students and parents part ways. Students are given a campus tour, eat lunch in a campus dining hall and then participate in an academic breakout session to get hands-on experience with professors.
Parents have an array of choices of how to spend the day. They can:
Students and parents meet up again at the end of the day for a closing session and then have the opportunity to tour select residence halls.
The one-time $2,000 scholarship is applied to the year following the student’s high school graduation. Student athletes may not be eligible to accept the $2,000 scholarship and should confer with their coach or Athletic Compliance regarding eligibility.
Students entering as freshmen in the following fall who participate in one of the academic breakout sessions during Invitation to Excellence are eligible to apply for the Faculty Scholarship. Details about how to apply will be provided to attendees.
Those awarded a Faculty Scholarship and later named National Merit Finalists with Baylor listed as their college choice will receive a scholarship that covers their general student fee as well as room and board charges (if residing on campus). Baylor also provides Regents’ Gold Scholarships to these students.
All students who apply to attend Invitation to Excellence will be notified by email of whether they are chosen to attend or not. About 300 students will be selected to attend each event. If selected, you will be asked to complete a registration form by a specific date. Please do not make travel arrangements until you receive a formal confirmation email by the appropriate deadline below.
|Completed Admission File Deadline||November 1|
|Invitation to Excellence Application Deadline||November 1 (9:00 a.m. CST)|
|Decision Emails Sent By||November 3|
|Registration Due||November 10 (9:00 a.m. CST)|
|Formal Confirmation Email Sent By||November 17|
|Selection Notification Date||March 1|