College courses may seem intimidating, but Baylor has a wealth of resources to help you adjust quickly to thinking like a college student. Now is the time to review the following links so that you can hit the ground running on day one of classes.
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Taking Accelerate courses gives high school students a taste of how college courses are structured through lecture, small group discussion, and other class assignments. Students will be taught online by Baylor faculty in a friendly and flexible environment.
Online summer classes are taught using a variety of methods, depending on the type of course. Some courses may be synchronous, meaning the class meets on specific days of the week at a specified time; for example, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Courses may also be asynchronous, meaning class content delivery is not bound to a specific daily or weekly schedule. Other classes may be a hybrid. For example, a course could include pre-recorded lectures that are accessible to students and also have a standard class meeting time for discussion between students and the professor. No matter how the course content is delivered, all Baylor online classes provide students with a rich academic experience, the opportunity to engage with top-notch faculty and a chance to form relationships with other Baylor students.
Your academic advisor will provide you with guidance on what courses would be best for you to take based on your goals and interests. Specific information about how a course will be taught, as well as the professor's expectations and requirements for the course, will be provided to you in the course syllabus.
Generally speaking, faculty recommend students plan to use 2-3 hours for preparation and study outside of class time for every one-hour of credit they take. So, if a student is taking 6 hours of coursework a week, the recommendation is that they plan for 12 hours to study and prepare.
If a rising high school senior maintains a 3.0 GPA or better while taking at least 9 course hours in Summer Accelerate, they will be admitted early to Baylor after completing a Fall 2022 application (available in August) and demonstrating they have maintained good academic and behavioral standing through the end of their junior year and the summer.
Most often, similar courses are offered during each summer session; however, there might be specific courses only offered during one session. When you are exploring your course options, if you click on the course number, you can see when the course is offered. Also, your academic advisor will be able to help you make selections.
Students can participate in both summer sessions, but the maximum number of hours that Accelerate students can complete in the summer is 16 hours (8 hours per summer session). You will meet with your advisor for your course selection. It is recommended that you not take a heavy load at first to get a better understanding of college-level rigor.
Consider these recommendations if you're planning to purchase a laptop for school. Using the right technology will help you succeed in the classroom. If you have any questions, please contact Baylor University's Help Desk at 254-710-4357.
There may be class-specific software and applications needed based on the courses you are taking, but all students should get familiar with Canvas. Canvas is how most professors communicate assignments, homework and grades with their classes throughout the semester. Professors publish content to Canvas at their own paces; some classes will be posted sooner than others. You will want to log into your Canvas account to familiarize yourself with the layout and content before the semester begins. You can also download the Canvas app using these links: