Welcome Week

Welcome Week is the official beginning of your experience as a Baylor Bear, giving you opportunities to connect with other incoming students, as well as with returning students who are excited to welcome you into the Baylor community.

Welcome Week Schedule


Wednesday, August 20

Morning - Select Living Learning Programs Move-In

5:30 PM - Parent Send Off Party
Location: TBD
Join other parents and guests for a send off reception with the Baylor Parents League.

6:00 PM - Living-Learning Program Welcome Dinners
Location: Various Locations
Kick off the LLP experience at dinner with your new Baylor community.

Thursday, August 21

Morning - Move In

6:00 PM - President's Picnic
Location: Burleson Quadrangle / Rain: Ferrell Center
Join President Starr and the Baylor Family for an all campus cookout.

8:00 PM - Parent Split Party
Location: Barfield Drawing Room (BDSC) / Rain: Stone Room (Ferrell Center)
Families and guests can share stories and relax with a banana split after a full first day.

8:00 PM - Small Group Roundup
Location: Fountain Mall & Vara Martin Daniel Plaza / Rain: Ferrell Center
Come together to connect with your small group, and meet your WW Leaders!

Friday, August 22

9:00 AM - Small Group Gathering
Location: East Village

10:00 AM - Academic Convocation
Location: Ferrell Center
Experience Baylor's unique and exciting academic community.

12:00 PM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

12:00 PM - Transfer Student Lunch
Location: East Village Dining Commons

5:00 PM - Faculty Dinner
Location: Various Locations
Share a meal with your NSE faculty instructor and your WW group.

8:30 PM - Spirit Rally
Location: Ferrell Center
Discover the exciting sprit and tradition of the Baylor Nation. Sic 'Em Bears!

Saturday, August 23

12:00 PM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

2:00 PM - Celebration of Community and Faith
Location: Marrs McLean Gym
Engage with representatives of local churches and communities of faith.

4:00 PM - Floor Meetings & Residence Hall Gatherings
Location: Residence Halls
An afternoon of fun and adventure and with your residence hall community.

8:00 PM - The Big Event
Location: Ferrell Center
Start a Dance Dance Revolution! Come enjoy food, games, and live entertainment!

Sunday, August 24

Morning - Church
Location: Waco Churches

12:00 PM - Lunch with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

5:30 PM - Dinner with Small Group
Location: Residential Restaurants

7:45 PM - Candlelight Ceremony
Location: Ferrell Center
A special night of all campus worship and reflection.

9:15 PM - Final Small Group Gathering
Location: Baylor Marina

Additional Events

Tuesday, August 26

3:00 PM - Dr. Pepper Hour
Location: Barfield Drawing Room (BDSC)

7:00 PM - Out of State Mixer
Location: Barfield Drawing Room (BDSC)

Wednesday, August 27

5:00 PM - Mosaic Mixer
Location: Fountain Mall

Thursday, August 28

6:00 PM - Traditions Rally
Location: McLane Stadium

Friday, August 29

6:30 PM - Transfer Student Mixer
Location: TBD

9:00 PM - Late Night
Location: Various Campus Locations

Saturday, August 30

Evening - Home Football Game vs SMU
Location: Mclane Stadium

Leadership Opportunities

Small Group Leader

Small Group Leaders will co-facilitate a group of 18 to 24 new students and model building healthy relationships while encouraging students in their holistic development, including: pursuing academic excellence, spiritual growth, relationship building, and a healthy lifestyle. Leaders will accompany new students to planned local activities to help introduce the new students to Baylor and Waco.

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Residence Hall Captain

Residence Hall Captains are the first point of contact for new students and their families when they arrive on campus. Serving as liaisons between NSP and CL&L, RHCs are integral to a smooth transition to Baylor for new students and their families.

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Task Force

Task Force Members play a crucial role in the success of Welcome Week by providing logistical management and support for the week's events. The TF handles important tasks around campus creating an atmosphere of excellence and enthusiasm for Welcome Week.

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Welcome Week