We Welcome You!

Elisa Dunman

Elisa Dunman
Director of New Student Programs

Congratulations on your acceptance to Baylor University!

The Department of New Student Programs is pleased to organize programs Orientation, Baylor Line Camp, and Welcome Week - designed especially for you as you make the transition to being a scholar in the Baylor community.

Each program has a different focus and format that allows you to "Experience Connection" to Baylor before the first day of class.

Orientation is where the journey begins! Several Orientation sessions are offered. This year, we even added a Orientation plus Baylor Line Camp experience, OR 7 + LC 1 and OR 9 + LC 2, all so that you will be able to find a session that works best with your calendar.

This online guidebook is designed to prepare you to make the most of your Orientation visit. Please read through each section to learn:

  • • Instructions on how to make your Orientation reservation
  • • Action items that will be best taken care of in advance of your Orientation visit

We look forward to having you and your family on campus soon.

What is Orientation?

New Student Orientation is a 2-day introduction to Baylor for new students and their guests. During your time on campus, you can expect to:

  • • Get to know Baylor's beautiful campus
  • • Learn about the University's rich history and distinct mission
  • • Meet individually with an academic advisor to select and register for your fall classes
  • • Learn more about specific academic departments, majors and programs
  • • Familiriaze yourself with outstanding campus resources and opportunities
  • • Experience campus dining, Baylor spirit and community life
  • • And meet great people, like caring faculty and staff, other excited incoming students and their families, and returning students who are eager to help you feel at home at Baylor.

Baylor is truly a unique place, and we hope that New Student Orientation helps you picture yourself as a Baylor Bear and a member of "That Good Ol' Baylor Line!"

How much is Orientation?

Orientation is free. There is no cost for students or their guests to attend New Student Orientation. While Baylor does not offer overnight housing for Orientation, we've provided some helpful information about local hotels later in this Guide Book.

Choices You Will Make During Orientation

Selecting Fall Semester Classes

Most students will meet with an academic advisor on Day 2 of Orientation. Advisors partner with students to help you select course options based on your own preferences and their knowledge of degree requirements for different majors and programs.

Here is a preview of what to expect from your advising session:

Although your advisor will help you make decisions about classes, you are encouraged to explore majors and courses that interest you prior to your advising appointment. Here are some online tools to help you learn more about Baylor's academic offerings:

Click Here to View the Course Catalog

Click Here to View a List of Majors

Choosing a New Student Experience Course

Your first semester in college is significant for many reasons. You are joining a new community with new friends, new places, new opportunities, and new challenges. To help you navigate this new environment, Baylor requires all incoming students to take a New Student Experience (NSE) course.

Some of these course options are connected to your required Chapel credit. In other words, participation in these courses counts as a portion of your participation in Chapel. Most incoming students at Baylor enroll in one of these courses for their New Student Experience credit:

  • U1000 Designed specifically for first-year students
  • BU1000 Designed specifically for transfer students

Other NSE courses offer course credit that is not attached to Chapel. Some of these courses are designed for students in particular academic departments, while others are aimed at students with specific interests. Credit-bearing NSE course options include:

  • EDC 1200 College Reading and study Skills
  • BIC 1212 The Examined Life I (for students enrolling in the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core Program)
  • HIST 1305 NSE World History to 1500
  • Freshman Academic Seminars (FAS)
  • First Year Seminars (FYS)

Your academic advisor will help you determine which NSE course option will best meet your needs and hopes for your first semester. You can learn more about the New Student Experience at Baylor by visiting this website.

Selecting a Meal Plan

All first-year students are required to live on campus their first year at Baylor, which also requires them to have a meal plan for dining options on campus. Baylor offers a number of great dining plans so you can select the one that will best suit your needs and lifestyle.

Check out the Baylor Dining Plan brochure for more information.

You will sign up for a meal plan on Day 2 of Orientation. During the first 10 class days of the semester, you can change your meal plan to any other plan option. After that time you can change to a higher level plan at any point in the semester and your rates will be prorated accordingly.

Parking On Campus During the Academic Year

If you plan to park a vehicle on campus you will need to purchase a Parking Permit. A general Parking Permit provides you access to all student parking lots and spaces across campus. Additional parking permit options include:

  • Motorcycle/Moped permit
  • East Campus Garage only permit
  • Ferrell Center permit (Day Parking)

Visit the Baylor Parking and Transportation Services website for additional information.

You can register for a Parking Permit on Day 2 of Orientation. You will need to bring your vehicle license plate number, so be sure to record that information in a place that is accessible during Orientation.

Baylor also offers a free on-campus shuttle called the Baylor University Shuttle (BUS) for your convenience. Information about routes and pickup locations is available on the BUS website.

Session Sign Up

You will be able to sign up online for Orientation beginning Wednesday, February 20, 2014. There are 10 two-day sessions throughout the month of June, and registration for each is handled on a first-come first-served basis through the online registration form.

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  • June 11-12
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  • June 19-20
  • June 23-24
  • June 26-27
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Getting Ready for Orientation

Submitting Important Information

A primary component of Orientation is meeting with an academic advisor to register for your fall semester classes. There is certain information you must submit in advance of your advising session, so be sure you have taken care of the following items before coming for Orientation. Your advisor will be unable to meet with you until you have completed these items.

  • Submit your Health Form to the Health Center
  • Check your goBaylor account regularly for holds such as census holds or International Program holds
  • Submit the online Advising Questionnaire

Beginning May 2, you can access the Questionnaire through goBaylor. The information you submit on this form will help your academic advisor prepare for your advising appointment.

Send Scores and Course Credit

Many students enter Baylor with prior credits from things like previous college courses, AP test scores, or dual-credit classes. If you will be bringing any college credits into Baylor, it is important that you arrange to have that information sent to Baylor as early as you are able.

Use the links below to find additional information:

Placement Exams

Most new students at Baylor will take Placement Exams to help determine which courses they should take first in certain subject areas. These exams do not bear credit; the results of the exams simply help Baylor place you in the courses in which you are most likely to be successful.

Placement Exams are required in the following subject areas:

  • Math
  • Spanish
  • English (essay)

The need for Placement Exams is determined by:

  • the major you indicate on the Advising Questionnaire
  • courses you took in high school

Once you have completed the Advising Questionnaire, you will see information in goBaylor about Placement Exams you will be required to take. You may take the Math Placement Exam online and are strongly encouraged to do so prior to Orientation.

Preparing for Your Trip

Traveling to Campus

Free parking is available to Orientation guests in the Speight Avenue Parking Facility. Signs will direct you to the parking facility.

Driving from the North on I-35 (DFW):

  • Exit 335B and turn left onto University Parks Drive
  • Turn right onto Bagby Avenue
  • Turn right onto 4th Street
  • The Speight Avenue Parking Facility will be on your left

Driving from the South on I-35 (Austin):

  • Exit 335B and turn right onto University Parks Drive
  • Turn right onto Bagby Avenue
  • Turn right onto 4th Street
  • The Speight Avenue Parking Facility will be on your left

Driving from the South on Hwy 6 (Houston):

  • From Highway 6, continue onto Marlin Hwy
  • Take the U.S. 77 Business S exit on the left and merge onto US-77 BUS S
  • Turn right onto FM 434 N/S University Parks Drive
  • Turn left onto Bagby Avenue
  • Turn right onto 4th Street
  • The Speight Avenue Parking Facility will be on your left

Lodging and Accommodations

The city of Waco and surrounding communities offer many wonderful hotels and other accommodations for your overnight stay during Orientation.

Visit the Waco Convention Center website for additional information about lodging in the Waco area.

Checking in for New Student Orientation

Your first step once you arrive on campus is to visit the Orientation Check-in Table and let us know you're here! Check-in will take place in Waco Hall, Baylor's main auditorium and the location for the Orientation Opening Session.

Still Have Questions?

There are many resources available to you and many wonderful people at Baylor who are eager to journey with you. We've provided some contact information below to help you get answers to possible questions you may have.

Orientation Guidebook

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