Early Decision and Early Action allow students to receive an admission decision earlier than their peers who apply Regular Admission. Once accepted, students can pay the enrollment deposit and complete the Housing Application. (Assignments are made based on the Housing Application completion date.)
For more information, see the Key Documents Chart.
Early Decision is a binding agreement for students who will commit to Baylor, if accepted. This is a decision plan for those that have Baylor as their first choice for college. With this agreement, the student, a parent, and a high school counselor sign a contract stating that the student will deposit and enroll at Baylor upon acceptance. Students must complete the online application for Baylor as well as send in a high school transcript, test scores, essay, and a short answer response. Applicants are encouraged to submit recommended items as well, which includes recommendation letters, a resume or Zeemee profile, and a second short answer response. Those applying Early Decision may still apply to other institutions with a non-binding application. However, if accepted to Baylor under the Early Decision plan, they must withdraw all other schools' applications. Students must complete their application and required materials by the deadline of November 1st. They will receive a decision back no later than December 15th and have a deposit deadline of February 1st. Questions? Check out our Early Decision FAQ's or contact your Admissions Counselor for further details.
The Early Action deadline is designed for students who want to complete the admissions process early in their senior year. Applying Early Action does not restrict a student from applying to other schools or for scholarships and financial aid. Early Action applicants must complete Baylor's online application and submit required materials by November 1. They will receive an admission decision by January 15 and, if accepted, have until May 1 to make their final decision.
Regular Admission is our latest and final application deadline. This is designed for students who do not complete their application by the Early Decision or Early Action plans under the November 1st deadline. With this decision plan, students must complete their application file by February 1st, and they will receive a decision back no later than April 10th with a deposit deadline of May 1st. They must complete the online application for Baylor as well as send in a high school transcript, test scores, and essay by the deadline. Applicants are encouraged to submit recommended items as well, which include recommendation letters, a resume or Zeemee profile, and a short answer response.
*Any applications received after the last deadline of February 1st are not guaranteed to be reviewed. Any applicants after the deadline will be considered for campus housing and academic scholarships based on available space.