Distinguished Scholars Day

Many academic departments offer enhanced visit experiences for academically talented students. These invitation-only events, called Distinguished Scholars Days, are offered in conjunction with the standard campus visit and are designed to showcase exciting discipline-specific opportunities available. Participants can also apply for a $3,000 Distinguished Scholarship after attending the event.

Who Can Attend

Students must select a major within the following academic departments and must fall within the minimum and maximum test score requirements to be invited to attend. Scores vary by academic department (see below). Registration is available on a first come, first served basis. If your scores are higher than SAT 1410 or ACT 31, please consider applying for an Invitation to Excellence event.

Event Date
Min & Max SAT
Min & Max ACT
Arts & Sciences / Undecided* November 18, 2019 1300-1410 28-31
Business October 28, 2019
November 18, 2019
March 30, 2020
1360-1410 30-31
Communication Sciences
and Disorders
October 18, 2019 1280-1410 27-31
Education** November 25, 2019 1280-1410 27-31
Engineering &
Computer Science
November 25, 2019
December 2, 2019
1340-1410 29-31
Family & Consumer Sciences November 1, 2019 1280-1410 27-31
Health, Human Performance
and Recreation***
October 21, 2019
February 7, 2020
1280-1410 27-31
Honors College October 4, 2019
December 6, 2019
1340-1410 29-31
Music**** February 3, 2020 1280-1410 27-31
Pre-Nursing November 25, 2019
(in Dallas)
1280-1410 27-31
Public Health October 14, 2019 1280-1410 27-31
Theatre December 6, 2019
February 21, 2020
1280-1410 27-31

*Majors include: Anthropology, Art, Classics, English, Environmental Science, Film & Digital Media, Geosciences, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, Public Relations & New Media, Modern Languages & Cultures, Philosophy, Religion, Sociology, Statistics and Undecided or Undeclared majors.

**Majors include: Elementary Education, Middle Grades English, Language Arts & Reading, Middle Grades Math, Middle Grades Science, Middle Grades Social Studies, Secondary English, Language Arts & Reading, Secondary Life Science, Secondary Math, Secondary Physical Science, Secondary Social Studies and All Level Special Education.

***Majors include: Pre-Health and Human Sciences, Athletic Training, All Level Physical Education, Community Health, Health Science Studies, Exercise Physiology, Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, and Recreation and Leisure Studies.

****Majors include: Bachelor of Music (BM), Bachelor of Music Education (BMED) and Bachelor of Arts in Music. Instruments include: Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Harp and Piano. 

How Do I Register?

If you think you qualify to attend a Distinguished Scholars Day, be sure to submit your application for admission as soon as possible. Based on the intended major selected on the application for admission, students whose test scores fall within the minimum and maximum criteria will be notified through their goBAYLOR account and invited to register for an event. To allow as many students as possible to benefit from Distinguished Scholars Days, you may only attend one event that corresponds to the intended major you select when applying for admission. 


Schedules vary but generally include an admissions and financial aid presentation, campus tour, and interaction with department faculty and current students. Registered students will receive a detailed schedule about a week before the event.

Scholarship Details

Students who attend a Distinguished Scholars Day can apply for a $3,000 Distinguished Scholarship. Only students with a complete admission file (application along with all the required items) will be considered. This scholarship is renewable over four years and is stackable on top of Baylor academic scholarships. Details on how to apply for the scholarship will be provided to attendees. 

Students will be notified via email with a scholarship decision by the following dates:

  • December 15 - for students attending a Distinguished Scholars Day before December 1
  • March 15 - for students attending a Distinguished Scholars Day after December 1
  • April 15 - for students attending a Distinguished Scholars Day after March 1