SHLLC Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

1. How do I apply for the Science & Health Living-Learning Center?
2. When is the application deadline for this program?
3. I have questions about or need help with the on-line application. Who do I contact?
4. After I submit my application to the Science & Health LLC, does it guarantee me a spot?
5. I have additional or updated information for my application. Should I fill out another application?
6. What type of student is the Science & Health LLC looking for when they review applications?
7. Are SAT/ACT test scores a major factor during the selection process?
8. What kinds of students are allowed to live in the Science and Health LLC?
9. I am a student currently attending classes at Baylor but I am housed in another living learning program. How do I join the Science & Health LLC?
10. Must I be a science major or have a prehealth professional track in order to live in the Science & Health LLC?
11. Can I apply to multiple Living-Learning Programs?
12. How will I be contacted regarding my Science & Health LLC application status?
13. Do I need to submit a standard Baylor housing application in addition to the application for the Science and Health LLC?
14. If I am not accepted in to the Science and Health LLC this year, can I apply next academic year?
15. I have been accepted to the Science & Health LLC but decided on other living options. What do I do?

Housing/Programming

1. Am I able to live in the Science & Health LLC all four years?
2. Are freshmen allowed to live in the Science & Health LLC?
3. Can I choose my room?
4. Can I pick my roommate?
5. My best friend is not a science major or prehealth student, can he/she live in the Science and Health LLC?
6. If I am an incoming student, will I live with other incoming students?
7. Are there any additional fees for living in the Science & Health LLC?
8. Will the Science & Health LLC be open during the summer terms?
9. What is the Occupancy License?
10. If I sign the Occupancy License, will I be obligated to attend Baylor University?
11. I signed an Occupancy License with another program but just found out I was accepted to the Science & Health LLC. What do I do?
12. If I change my major to something other than science or drop my prehealth professional track, do I have to move out?
13. Do I have to live in Earle Hall in order to be a part of the Science & Health LLC community? Can I live in another residence hall due to cost of the residence hall and still participate in your programming?
14. If I am not a member of the Science and Health LLC, can I still attend your events?
15. Why are the housing rates for the Science and Health LLC more expensive than the traditional, first year halls?
16. Are there any scholarships to live in the Science & Health LLC?
17. I have been accepted to or am currently enrolled in the Honors Program. Can I still live in the Science & Health LLC?
18. What is the percentage of males and females living in the Science & Health LLC?
19. Is the Science and Health LLC a coed residence hall?
20. Who should I contact if I need special accommodations?
21. I have many usernames and passwords and I am having trouble logging in. What do I do?




Application Process

1. How do I apply for the Science & Health Living-Learning Center?
Accepted and deposited incoming students can apply online at our website www.baylor.edu/SHLLC/apply. PLEASE NOTE, only deposited student can apply. You will need your BearID and password.

2. When is the application deadline for this program?
Applications for the Fall 2014 year are now available. This is a highly competitive program and we suggest applying as early as possible. Last year we had over 1000 applications but only 350 available spots! So as you can see space is very limited compared to the number of interested students.

3. I have questions about or need help with the on-line application. Who do I contact?
Please, contact the program director for the Science and Health LLC by emailing EarleHall@baylor.edu.

4. After I submit my application to the Science & Health LLC, does it guarantee me a spot?
No. This is a highly competitive program with limited space availability. We will consider a student's academic achievement, student involvement, and overall best fit during our selection process.

5. I have additional or updated information for my application. Should I fill out another application?
No. We will only accept one application per student (the first application submitted). If you have additional or updated information, please contact the program director for the Science & Health LLC by emailing EarleHall@baylor.edu.

6. What type of student is the Science & Health LLC looking for when they review applications?
We review many aspects of the Science & Health LLC application:
Academic Achievement - SAT/ACT test scores, GPA, class rank, AP/IB courses, etc.
Student Involvement - volunteer experiences, shadowing, science or health organizational memberships, etc.
Best Fit - a clearly communicated and passionate response to the essay question, intended major or professional track, proven success, etc.
Our students currently living in Earle Hall: average High School GPA was 3.82, average ACT was 28, average SAT (verbal/math) was 1240, and students were in the top 15% of their graduating high school class.
The committee is looking for academically engaged students who are interested in living out the mission of our community. The Science & Health LLC is more than just a place to live, it's a place to grow and learn outside of the classroom.

7. Are SAT/ACT test scores a major factor during the selection process?
Yes! SAT/ACT test scores will be considered during our selection process. Our program is highly competitive, and we are looking for students who can excel academically overall both in the classroom and through testing. We will review student applications who have an 1100 SAT or higher (combined critical reading and mathematic sections; writing section will not be considered) or a 24 ACT composite or higher. Meeting minimum test score requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

8. What kinds of students are allowed to live in the Science and Health LLC?
We accept a diverse student body consisting of incoming freshmen, transfers, current Baylor students, and international students who have an intended science major or prehealth professional track. We currently do not accept graduate students.

9. I am a student currently attending classes at Baylor but I am housed in another living learning program. How do I join the Science & Health LLC?
Please notify your program director of your current LLC to see if there are housing/program agreements (like the occupancy license) that you need to uphold. Please, contact Campus Living and Learning by emailing Living_Learning@baylor.edu if you have any questions regarding your current agreements. Otherwise, you are welcomed to fill out an application.

10. Must I be a science major or have a prehealth professional track in order to live in the Science & Health LLC?
YES! Students who are selected to live in our Science & Health LLC will either need to be a science major or have a prehealth professional track.

11. Can I apply to multiple Living-Learning Programs?
Yes! You are welcomed to apply to multiple housing programs. Just keep in mind that signing an Occupancy License for a program is your intent to live and participate in that particular program.

12. How will I be contacted regarding my Science & Health LLC application status?
We will contact students through their Baylor e-mail account. This account is connected to your BearID. Please, check this account often for notifications.

13. Do I need to submit a standard Baylor housing application in addition to the application for the Science and Health LLC?
Yes. If you are not accepted or if you are placed on our waiting list, you will want to make sure that Baylor has your housing preferences. If accepted to the Science and Health LLC, our Occupancy License and housing assignment will override anything that you placed on the Baylor housing application excluding other Living-Learning Programs.

14. If I am not accepted in to the Science and Health LLC this year, can I apply next academic year?
YES! If you do not get in to the community this year, we encourage you to apply next academic year.

15. I have been accepted to the Science & Health LLC but decided on other living options. What do I do?
Please contact the Science & Health LLC program director as soon as possible by emailing EarleHall@baylor.edu. If we have a waiting list, we would like to extend the acceptance to other students. PLEASE NOTE: If you have signed the Occupancy License you will still be required to live on campus.

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Housing/Programming

1. Am I able to live in the Science & Health LLC all four years?
It's possible. In order to create an engaged and focused community, students will apply to our LLC each year. Students will need to meet certain criteria (ex: GPA, intended major, etc.) in order to continue living at the Science & Health LLC.

2. Are freshmen allowed to live in the Science & Health LLC?
YES! We actually will reserve a certain number of rooms each year specifically for incoming students.

3. Can I choose my room?
On the application to the Science & Health LLC students are allowed to rank their room choices. Please, keep in mind that apartment rooms are reserved for upper classmen (i.e. juniors and seniors) and cove rooms are normally reserved for incoming students. Room option ranking does not guarantee you a specific room, however, we will do our best to accommodate your choice. If you require specific room accommodations because of a disability, please contact the Office of Access and Learning Accommodations (OALA) by calling 254-710-3605.

4. Can I pick my roommate?
Yes! However, in order for our department to match roommates, we must receive written notices from both students declaring they would like to room with each other. This written notice must come directly from both students.

5. My best friend is not a science major or prehealth student, can he/she live in the Science and Health LLC?
Since the Science and Health LLC is designed with a specific kind of student in mind, it is unlikely that a student who has no interest in science or health would be admitted to live in our LLC. If you have questions or a special request, please contact us by emailing EarleHall@baylor.edu.

6. If I am an incoming student, will I live with other incoming students?
It is highly likely. Since incoming students are the last students to be placed in a room assignment in our LLC (upper division students reserve their spot the prior Fall), they could find themselves living with other incoming students, sophomores, juniors, or seniors!

7. Are there any additional fees for living in the Science & Health LLC?
Yes, there is a nominal charge of $75 per semester. All funds are used to directly benefit our students who are part of the Science & Health LLC. Examples include community sponsored meals, social activities, speakers, community outings, etc.

8. Will the Science & Health LLC be open during the summer terms?
Unfortunately, no. If you require summer living arrangements, please contact Campus Living and Learning by calling 254-710-3642.

9. What is the Occupancy License?
The Occupancy License is a legal form which an offered student will sign to reserve their room space. The Occupancy License is a contract between the signing student and the university that said student will live on campus for 1-2 years upon matriculation.

10. If I sign the Occupancy License, will I be obligated to attend Baylor University?
Baylor University's Occupancy License is only binding once you actually move into the residence hall or on the first day of class. Until then, students are free to weigh their academic options. PLEASE NOTE: There is a university deadline of May 1st to officially cancel.

11. I signed an Occupancy License with another program but just found out I was accepted to the Science & Health LLC. What do I do?
When you receive your acceptance email from the Science & Health LLC, contact us as soon as possible to let us know that you have already been accepted into other housing. Then contact your current program director to let them know about your situation. This process may take a few days, but we will do our best to accommodate your first housing choice.

12. If I change my major to something other than science or drop my prehealth professional track, do I have to move out?
If you change your major mid-academic year, then you will be asked to leave at the end of the academic year. This community was developed for science majors and prehealth professional track students. If you are no longer interested in these concentrations, then you will be asked to make other housing arrangements in order to open the space for another eager and interested student. This expectation is outlined in our commitment document.

13. Do I have to live in Earle Hall in order to be a part of the Science & Health LLC community? Can I live in another residence hall due to cost of the residence hall and still participate in your programming?
All students accepted in to the Science & Health LLC are required to live in Earle Hall. We would like to create an engaged and focused community within our program therefore we cannot accommodate students who live in other residence halls.

14. If I am not a member of the Science and Health LLC, can I still attend your events?
All events put on by the Science and Health LLC are for our residents only since the program fee paid by each resident supports the LLC experience. If events are open to other students outside of our LLC, then that will be noted in the communication/advertisement about the event. If a student who is not a current resident of Earle Hall attends our events, the student may be asked to leave or to pay a fee.

15. Why are the housing rates for the Science and Health LLC more expensive than the traditional, first year halls?
The Science & Health LLC is housed in the newest residential facility on campus, the East Village Complex. It opened August 2013. Since it is a new residence hall, it is a bit more expensive than some of the older residence halls on campus. Our LLC is also designed with a science and/or prehealth student in mind, so there are special resources located in Earle Hall that add to and enhance the life for the students living in the hall.

16. Are there any scholarships to live in the Science & Health LLC?
No. We currently do not have any scholarships available for this program.

17. I have been accepted to or am currently enrolled in the Honors Program. Can I still live in the Science & Health LLC?
Potentially. You will still need to apply and be reviewed during our selection period. If you currently have a signed agreement with the Honors College, you will need to contact them directly to discuss your options. Being an Honors student does not guarantee acceptance to the Science & Health LLC.

18. What is the percentage of males and females living in the Science & Health LLC?
Our hall is approximately 57% female and 43% male.

19. Is the Science and Health LLC a coed residence hall?
Both men and women live in Earle Hall. Men are located on the east side of the building, the women on the west side. However, the first floor of Earle Hall is dedicated for women only. Visitation hours will be posted on each floor of the hall and provide parameters for students wanting to visit friends of the opposite gender.

20. Who should I contact if I need special accommodations?
Please, contact the Office of Access and Learning Accommodations (OALA) by calling 254-710-3605.

21. I have many usernames and passwords and I am having trouble logging in. What do I do?
First, let's go over the specific log ins.
goBAYLOR - this account was created when you initially applied to Baylor University through the Office of Admission Services. This account is mainly used to check your admission status and view your next steps. (EXAMPLE: student's personal e-mail address and a secure password).
BearID - this account should be created by the student after the enrollment deposit has been paid. This account is used as the student's Baylor e-mail account and to log in to various systems on campus like internet access. (EXAMPLE: John_B_Bear@baylor.edu and a secure password).
Baylor ID# - this account is an identifier for each student. Students will receive a swipe card with their picture and Baylor ID# after class registration. This card will be used for residence hall access and meal purchases. Students will also use their Baylor ID# with a student activated PIN to log into the Bearweb system. (EXAMPLE: 888****** and a secure PIN).
If you need additional help with usernames/passwords and log ins, please contact the HELP Desk by calling 254-710-4357.

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