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* Registration closed 1300-1410 28-31
Business Registration closed 1360-1410 30-31
Communication Sciences
and Disorders
Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Education** Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Engineering &
Computer Science
February 17, 2020
1340-1410 29-31
Family & Consumer Sciences Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Health, Human Performance
and Recreation***
Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Honors College Registration closed
1340-1410 29-31
Music**** Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Pre-Nursing Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Public Health Registration closed 1280-1410 27-31
Theatre February 21, 2020 1280-1410 27-31

*Majors include: Anthropology, Art, Aviation Sciences, Classics, English, Environmental Science, Film & Digital Media, Geosciences, History, Journalism, Mathematics, Medical Humanities, 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 Science Studies, All Level Physical Education, Health Science Studies, Exercise Physiology, Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Recreation and Leisure Services, 5-Year Joint BS/MAT in Athletic Training and 5-Year Joint BSEd/MS in Sport Pedagogy. Please note that this event is exclusive to majors and programs housed in Robbins College of Health & Human Sciences. This event does not include majors housed within the College of Arts & Sciences.

****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. Please note that students must select one of the listed majors AND one of the listed instruments to qualify for this event.

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