For Incoming Students

Undergraduate and graduate (master's) incoming students will find important information on this page. We're thrilled you chose Baylor!


In addition to the checklist of items below, learn more about your degree program, placement tests, and summer advising here.

  • Register for New Student Orientation here!
  • Take care of registration holds
    • Prior to attending Orientation, review and take care of your registration holds. Holds can be accessed in BearWeb, in the Student Academic Services section.
  • Send in final high school/dual credit transcripts to the Registrar’s Office
  • Take Music Theory and Musicianship Placement and Secondary Piano Placement (virtual)
    • Prior to advising, all music majors need to take two placement tests: Secondary Piano Placement and Theory & Musicianship Placement.
    • You’ll receive email instructions about your placements in May, so be sure to check your email daily.
  • Attend New Student Orientation (in-person)
    • Orientation is a two-day experience designed to connect students to Baylor, in order that they may discover all Baylor has to offer. At Orientation, students and their guests will be invited to explore the university’s exceptional academic programs and learning environment, while also experiencing Baylor’s unique supportive community. 
  • Attend Advising Appointment (virtual)
    • Meet with your academic advisor in June and register for your first semester classes.
    • You can prepare for your advising appointment and learn more about your degree program here.  

Get to know the steps in your transition process at the Your Baylor Welcome Experience website.


  • You will receive a letter via e-mail from the graduate program of the School of Music after April 15 containing important additional information related to your specific situation. Please be watching for it.
  • Unless the Graduate School has received an official final transcript showing degree completion you will not be able to register for classes at Baylor.
  • Incoming graduate students need to plan to arrive on campus at least a week before classes begin in order to be here for mandatory Diagnostic Exams in music history and music theory which take place on Tuesday.
  • If you plan to come to campus more than a week before classes begin, contact the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies to set up a time to be advised. All students must be advised before registering for classes. You must complete registration and pay fees before the first day of classes to avoid cancellation of your schedule and the resulting late registration fees.
  • The Graduate School has a webpage for incoming graduate students that is very informative. It will give you the information necessary to get your Bear ID (FirstName_LastName) and Baylor ID (9-digit student number) set up and activated. You may do this online before arrival on campus. (Your Baylor ID number was assigned when you applied through GoBaylor.)
  • Immigration tasks for incoming international students to complete
  • Graduate Music History and Literature Diagnostic Exam Guide
  • Graduate Music Theory Diagnostic Exam Info

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