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Incoming Students

The Graduate School welcomes you to Baylor University! We are committed to equipping you for worldwide leadership and service through academic excellence within a caring, Christian community. We hope to provide you with information needed as you begin your graduate studies here at Baylor.

Along with the Information Sheet that you received in your acceptance letter, the links below will guide you to valuable resources. Take a moment to visit these sites. If you have any questions, or cannot locate the information you are looking for, please feel free to contact us.

FAFSA Processing

To ensure timely processing of you FAFSA, Baylor needs either your Social Security Number or individual Taxpayer Identification number. If you did not provide this information in your application, please login to BearWeb and click Student Academic Services >> Student Records >> Update Missing SSN (this option will only appear in BearWeb if you did not already provide this information).

Bear ID vs. Baylor ID

The Bear ID, which will be used for access to email and various other resources on campus, is normally composed of your First Name, followed by an underscore, and then your Last Name (e.g., Suzie_Bear). The Bear ID is not to be confused with the Baylor ID, a nine digit number that is used to access your individual and financial records. It is very important that you activate your Bear ID and set your PIN for your Baylor ID as soon as you can. The Incoming Students Information on the ITS website will help you work through these procedures.

Orientation

Plan to attend the all university Graduate Student Orientation that is held the Wednesday before classes start each August. We look forward to this time each year to welcome you and to facilitate meeting others within your department.

Student Fee

Every student who attends Baylor pays a per hour General Student Fee. This fee helps to alleviate the costs of building upkeep, library and trolley usage, access to the Student Life Center (SLC) and technology around campus. This fee will be billed and due at the same time you are billed for your tuition. For information on tuition and fees for the current year visit the Cashier's Office Tuition and Fees webpage.

If you are receiving a stipend you are also eligible to use the installment plan for paying university fees at no additional charge (normally a $60 charge). Contact the Cashier's Office now for more information about the installment plan and university fees: cashiers_office@baylor.edu or (254) 710-2311.

Employment Forms

All graduate students receiving a stipend must complete an I-9 and a W-4 form. The Department of Homeland Security holds Baylor accountable for the proper collection of information and completion of these forms. Please go to our Graduate Student Employment Forms webpage for more information and copies of the forms.

Baylor Health Form

All students must complete a Baylor Health Form before registering for classes.

Student Insurance

You have available to you the Baylor University Student Health Insurance Plan. The plan is administered by Academic Health Plans and underwritten by ACE American Insurance Company. To enroll or for more information please visit the Baylor Health Services website.

Please visit our benefit information page to learn more about the subsidy available to some graduate students: Subsidy Available for Graduate Students

Student Advisement and Registration Information

Some departments require graduate students to be advised before they can register for classes online, while others simply recommend that students be advised. For more information regarding your advisement, log on to Bearweb. The Registrar's Office also has a complete list of departments and contacts for both situations along with the Early Registration Schedule on their Registering for Classes website.

Parking on Campus

There are several parking garages on campus as well as a university shuttle. Parking and Transportation Services has a lot of information online, including a campus map and online ordering of parking decals.

International Student and Scholar Services

Baylor's dedicated International Student and Scholar Services office provides orientation and immigration services for incoming international students and scholars. We encourage all international students to contact the office as soon as they decide to attend Baylor.

Health Insurance is mandatory for all international students at Baylor. The cost of the coverage will be charged to your account. If you already have health insurance you must contact the Health Center Insurance Office regarding a waiver. For further information regarding the Health Form or Insurance call the Health Center at (254) 710-1010.