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Honors College Application Information

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NOTE: This is the application site for
CURRENT BAYLOR FRESHMEN only.
The application for prospective students
will be availabe September 29, 2014.

The Honors College is comprised of two programs -- the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core and the Honors Program -- and two majors -- Great Texts and University Scholars. Entrance into the Honors College is by way of a program. See how these programs and majors compare and contrast.

Each program in the Honors College requires an application except for the Great Texts Program, which is offered as a major/minor. Learn how to select Great Texts as your major/minor below under the "Great Texts Preview" heading.

For all other Honors College programs, you MUST submit a program-specific application to be considered for entrance into that program and into the Honors College.

Applying to One Honors College Program

Once you begin a specific program's application, it must be completed in one sitting. If you close the application prior to clicking "Submit," the application will be lost and you must begin again. To ensure that you are prepared to complete the application in one sitting, review the questions for the appropriate application below.

Applying to More Than One Honors College Program

After submitting one program's application, if you wish to apply to another program, you may do so at that time or login again from this page at a later time to submit subsequent program applications. To ensure that you are prepared to complete an application in one sitting, review the application questions below.


BIC & Honors Program Application Preview

The BIC and Honors Program share a single application. Once you login, you will have the option to direct your application to the BIC, the Honors Program, or both. If you are applying to the BIC, we strongly recommend that you thoroughly review the BIC Web site prior to applying. Review the BIC.

You will be asked to submit answers to the following questions. You may type your answers beforehand and use the copy/paste feature within the application. Essays submitted on this application also will be taken into account by the Honors College Scholarship Committee if you also submit the Honors College Scholarship Application (available online in January).

NOTE: In the event the application is not submitted successfully, you will need to resubmit the application. So, be sure to save all of your answers.

  1. If you could design your own college curriculum, what would it look like? For example, what areas of study would be included and why? How would the classes be formatted? (250 word limit)

  2. Describe a cultural experience you have had and explain how it impacted you. This could be through travel, class, relationships, etc. (250 word limit)
  3. Describe any important honors or awards you earned in high school; focus especially on any that relate to your interest in research and/or in study connecting different academic subjects. (150 word limit)

  4. ESSAY: Respond to the following question: (250 word limit)

  5. Aperta quicquid veritas prodit. (Whatever truth brings forth is good.): true or false?


BIC Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance e-mails are sent on a weekly basis following phone interviews. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes. (NOTE: You may only enter the BIC as an incoming freshman.)

Honors Program Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance letters will be sent on a monthly basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes.


Great Texts Preview

Great Texts is offered as a major/minor and does not have an application deadline.

Great Texts Majors:

To declare Great Texts as a major, you must:

  1. Select "Great Texts" as your major on your Baylor University application.
  2. If you already have submitted your Baylor application and selected "Undecided" or another major, but would like to switch to Great Texts, login to the Honors College application and simply select "Great Texts" when asked to indicate the program(s) in the Honors College to which you would like to apply. After submitting the Honors College application, you will be asked to select whether you would like to add Great Texts as a major or minor. Your selection will be updated in Baylor's student information systems. You may login by simply clicking "Apply Now!" at the top of this page.

Great Texts Minors:

To declare Great Texts as a minor, login to the Honors College application and simply select "Great Texts" when asked to indicate the program(s) in the Honors College to which you would like to apply. After submitting the Honors College application, you will be asked to select whether you would like to add Great Texts as a major or minor. You may login by simply clicking "Apply Now!" at the top of this page.


University Scholars Application Preview

TIP: Applying to the Honors Program will cause you to be a stronger candidate for the University Scholars Program.

The following are the five criteria for admission into the University Scholars Program:

  1. SAT/ACT scores

  2. Class rank and GPA

  3. A 500-word essay: In a well-considered essay, examine one of the claims made below by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, evaluating their compatibility with your own views regarding the proper goals and aims of a college education. Feel free to justify your answer with experiences from your own life and/or examples from pertinent texts, historical figures, and contemporary events. (Prior to beginning the University Scholars application, you should type your essay and save it as a Word document or a PDF file. You will be able to upload your document within the application.) Essays submitted on this application also will be taken into account by the Honors College Scholarship Committee if you also submit the Honors College Scholarship Application (available online in January).
    Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes says the following about liberal education:

    Whatever debate there may be as to its exact definition, or its prerequisites, it persists as an ideal. Intensive critical study of educational aims and methods has found nothing to take its place. It means the development, by careful training, of the capacity to appreciate what has been done and thought, the ability to make worthwhile appraisals of achievements, doctrines, theories, proposals. It is liberal because it emancipates; it signifies freedom from the tyranny of ignorance, and from what is worse, the domination of folly. Learning is not its aim so much as intelligence served by learning.


  4. The number and type of Advanced Placement or college-level courses previously taken

  5. One letter of recommendation from a current or former teacher who can comment upon your abilities as a student. Letters previously submitted to Baylor University will count toward the required recommendation letter. Teachers should email or mail recommendation letters, on school letterhead, to the contact information below. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact their teachers. NOTE: A recommendation letter is not required for National Merit Finalists.

  6. Send your recommendation letter to:
    Baylor University
    One Bear Place #97293
    Waco, TX 76798-7293
    ATTN: Charmaine Dull, Office Manager

    Or email your letter to the University Scholars Program Office at University_Scholars@baylor.edu.

University Scholars Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance letters will be sent on a monthly basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes.