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 meet minimum 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. Here's the 2019-2020 schedule.

Event Date
Min. SAT
Min. ACT
Arts & Sciences* February 14, 2020 1280 or 1340 27
Business October 28, 2019
November 18, 2019
March 30, 2020
1360 30
Communication Sciences
and Disorders
October 25, 2019 1280 27
Education** November 25, 2019 1280 27
Engineering &
Computer Science
November 25, 2019
December 2, 2019
1340 29
Family & Consumer Sciences November 1, 2019 1280 27
Health, Human Performance
and Recreation***
October 21, 2019 1280 27
Honors College October 4, 2019
December 6, 2019
March 2, 2020
1340 29
Music February 3, 2020 1340 29
Pre-Nursing 2019 Dates Coming Soon 1280 27
Public Health October 14, 2019 1280  27
Theatre December 6, 2019
February 21, 2020
1280 27
Undecided* February 14, 2020 1340 29

*Arts & Sciences majors requiring a 1280 SAT or 27 ACT include: Anthropology, Art, Classics, Geosciences, History, Journalism, Public Relations & New Media, Modern Languages & Cultures, Philosophy, Religion and Sociology.  Arts & Sciences majors requiring a 1340 SAT or 29 ACT include: English, Environmental Science, Mathematics, Physics, Political Science, 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.

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 who meet the minimum 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. 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.