Incoming Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to Truett Seminary! Please take a look at the following Checklist for New Students. It will inform you of the various steps that you must take before you begin as an incoming student.

1. Locate Your Baylor ID Number

Your Baylor ID is the 9-digit number that you will use for all of your years here, so you might as well get acquainted with it! You can obtain your Baylor ID Number here.

2. Pay Your Enrollment Deposit

To ensure your spot at Truett, you will need to pay the $300 enrollment deposit. This deposit will be applied to your student account and reduces balance owed during financial settlement. You have two options on how to pay your enrollment deposit:

  • Pay online: Students can log into their BearWeb account and pay by credit card. Click here to pay online.
  • Pay by check: Students should mail a check or money order in the amount of $300 to:
  • Truett Seminary
    ATTN: Admissions
    One Bear Place #97126
    Waco, TX 76798-7126
Deadlines:
Fall Spring Summer
May 15th November 15th April 15th
3. Seek and Receive Financial Information

Check out the financial information on the Truett website including estimated costs, Truett scholarship awards, outside scholarship opportunities, church matching, and need-based aid. After paying your enrollment deposit, you will receive a scholarship award letter from Truett Seminary. You will also receive an award notification from Student Financial Services. Their office can assist with all questions regarding new or deferred loans.

4. Activate Your Bear_ID and Check Your Baylor Email

This ID, along with your password, gives you access to your Baylor email account, as well as any campus computer. Please note: you will not be able to activate your Bear_ID until your deposit has been processed. After your Bear_ID has been activated, please begin checking your Baylor email on a regular basis, as you will begin to receive emails from several different offices here at Truett.

5. Set Up Your BearWeb Account and Register for Classes

BearWeb is the online service that students utilize to register for classes, check final grades, look at your transcript, and access your time-card (if working on campus). Once you have set up your account, you will be able to register for classes for the upcoming semester. For detailed information on registering for classes, please visit the Instructions for Online Registration page.

6. Sign Up For Truett Orientation

Orientation is required for ALL incoming students at Truett Seminary.

7. Answer the Covenant Group Questionnaire

Please take a few minutes to fill out this short questionnaire which will help us in placing you in a compatible Covenant Group by the start of the upcoming semester. Don't know what a Covenant Group is? Find the answer on the the Spiritual Formation website and take a moment to read a letter from Spiritual Formation.

8. Sign Up for a Financial Wellness Counseling Session

Please sign up for your introductory Financial Counseling session by selecting a 30 minute time slot on the signup calendar. Time slots begin with the first week of classes for the semester. If you have questions that you would like to discuss before the semester begins, please contact the Director at Theresa_Steen@baylor.edu to set up a phone appointment or a time to stop by the office if you will be in Waco. If you would like or need additional time, another appointment can be scheduled at a later time. This is your chance to discuss how you will be funding your time at seminary and any questions or concerns you have with it. Students are expected to schedule this appointment by September 30, 2017 (for the Fall semester) and February 28, 2018 (for the Spring semester). Please contact Theresa_Steen@baylor.edu for more information.

Additional Items

Submit Your Completed Health Form

Before beginning class, you must submit the completed health form to the Health Services office. You will need to make an appointment with your doctor, so don't wait!Additional details are available at the Baylor Health Services page.

Obtain your Baylor Student ID

Baylor University's ID card is a single-card program that combines many features including identification, library privileges, building access, lab access, meal plans, selected student functions, football ticket distribution, debit card, plus other activities. The ID card office is located on the 1st floor of Robinson Tower just across from the Baylor Cashier's Office. You must obtain your student ID card before the semester begins.

Pay Your Balance and Confirm Attendance

Baylor University will send an e-bill to your Baylor email account. Financial settlement is a two-part process that you will need to complete. It involves your paying the balance on your student account and confirming your attendance. Learn more about financial settlement, payment options, and university deadlines on the Cashier’s website. If you have questions about your Truett scholarship reflected on your bill, contact Scholarship Services at Truett Seminary.

Submit FAFSA

To be considered for need-based financial aid, students will need to complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) prior to enrollment in the fall semester. The FAFSA is based on a couple different factors; therefore, even if you think your family may not qualify, it is highly recommended to still file for FAFSA.

International Students

Additional steps are required for international students. Please visit the International Student & Scholar Services Office for information regarding registration and required forms. For international students who are seeking resources to assist with communication, Language Support for International Graduate Students is available at the Baylor Graduate School.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is credit given to incoming students for introductory courses including Introduction to Christian Scriptures, Introduction to Christian History, Introduction to Christian Theology, and the introductory courses of Greek and Hebrew. Students may qualify for advanced standing if they graduated with a degree in religion and maintained at least a "B" average. Advanced placement exams will be offered the week of New Student Orientation for those interested. Advanced Standing students are encouraged to register for classes as though they have already been granted advanced placement status to avoid registration challenges.

Transfer Credit

Any student who has taken courses at an accredited seminary (or approved university graduate program) may apply to receive transfer credit. Only courses taken at accredited institutions are transferable, but the courses must have been taken within the past six years. No grade lower than a "B" or its equivalent will be transferred from another institution.

Parking Options

If you would like to park in designated student parking areas on campus you must purchase a student parking permits for the academic year. You can order your student parking permit and find more information on the Parking Services website. This fee will be charged directly to your Baylor account.

Campus Transportation

The Baylor University Shuttle (BUS) offers multiple routes that travel around the Baylor campus. Visit the BUS website for route and other area transit information.

Housing Options

Truett Seminary students have several housing options. We maintain a list of both houses and apartments that are available for students to rent. The Quadrangle is another option for off campus housing for graduate students. (Note: In order to access this section of the Truett website, you must first activate your Bear ID.

Buying Textbooks

Once you have registered for classes, you can visit the Baylor Bookstore in person (located in the 5th Street parking complex) or online at the Baylor Bookstore Website to purchase your textbooks.

Update Your Contact Information

Help us by providing an update of your local address, phone and/or cell phone numbers, and contact information in case of an emergency. After you log into BearWeb, you will be able to fill out this information in the Personal Information section.