Freshman: What We're Looking For

Baylor is a competitive learning and research environment. So, naturally, we will consider your academic history when reviewing you for admission.  

That said, test scores and GPAs are only part of your story. That's why we also review the recommended items you share with us. These include recommendation letters, short answer responses and a resume.

We are looking for students who:

  • are excited and motivated about intellectual activity
  • want to be part of a community that values faith and personal calling
  • have challenged themselves academically and embraced opportunities outside the classroom
  • recognize that life, learning and service go hand-in-hand beyond the four years of college

In summary, we are looking for students who can gain the most from a Baylor experience. Students should have a demonstrated interest in becoming a Baylor Bear and be a fit spiritually, academically and financially.

Recommended High School Coursework

Baylor does not have any specific requirements for the courses that you take during your time in high school for admission consideration. We do, however, recommend that students complete the following courses:

4 year-units

Foreign Language:
2 year-units (same language)

4 year-units (including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II)

Natural Science, laboratory:
4 year-units (including biology and chemistry for students who plan to enter programs in predentistry, premedicine, or nursing)

Social Science:
3 year-units (including at least one in history)

Your transcript should indicate your senior coursework and that you are on track to complete all high school requirements for graduation. In reviewing applications, we are looking for students who have challenged themselves while in high school and are prepared for the college classroom.