1. Does Baylor require an interview for admission?
No, an interview is not required as part of the Baylor admission process. However, if you are interested in the Start Abroad program, an interview is required as part of your application for the program.
2. Can I still be accepted and enroll at Baylor if I'm not a Christian?
Yes. Students are not required to sign any statement of faith to be accepted to or to attend Baylor. In fact, our students come from 50 states and more than 86 countries, and that diversity means a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs.
3. Do things like religious affiliation or legacy status affect my chances of being admitted?
No, we do not select students based on their religious affiliation or legacy status. We do ask these questions on the application in order to provide additional data to add to your profile.
4. Can I change my major after I apply or after I'm accepted?
Yes, you can change your major. Just contact our office and we can update that for you. At Baylor, when admitted to the university, you aren't admitted to a particular school or college. This gives the flexibility to change majors at any time, contingent on meeting any departmental score requirements prior to or upon enrolling.
5. Does Baylor offer online courses or distance learning programs?
Baylor does not offer online courses or distance learning programs at the undergraduate level. The only exception is the Louise Herrington School of Nursing, which is located in Dallas. Pre-nursing students generally spend two years at the Waco campus before applying to the School of Nursing and transferring to the Dallas campus.
Baylor also offers select graduate programs in different locations.
7. Can you waive my out-of-state tuition costs?
As a private institution, Baylor's costs are the same regardless of your residency status.
8. Does being an international student affect the cost of attending Baylor?
Nationality does not affect the cost of attending Baylor since Baylor is a private institution.
9. Can freshmen have cars on campus?
Yes, freshmen are allowed to have cars on campus. Vehicles must be registered with Parking Services. Parking decals are available for purchase from the Cashier's Office for the year, semester, or summer session. Baylor is a mid-sized campus, and students can easily walk from one side of the campus to the other in about 15 minutes. Aside from walking or biking, Baylor provides shuttle services around campus as well as DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle). DASH provides transportation from Baylor to many downtown businesses and attractions.
10. How safe is the Baylor campus?
The Baylor University Police Department is committed to ensuring the safest campus possible. Most crimes reported to Baylor police involve property crimes. This includes thefts, burglaries and criminal mischiefs. Crimes against persons such as assaults, robberies and sexual offenses are historically low.
11. What services are provided for students with learning and/or physical disabilities?
The Office of Access and Learning Accommodation collaborates with faculty and administration to provide academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities within a caring environment.
13. How can I get a full ride?
High-achieving students may apply to attend an Invitation to Excellence event. If selected to attend, students will receive a $2,000 scholarship and be eligible to apply for a full-tuition Faculty scholarship. Learn more details here. View all other scholarships we have available here.
14. What other scholarships are available?
In addition to academic scholarships, Baylor offers some scholarships for students who demonstrate financial need. Be sure to complete your FAFSA and CSS Profile to see if you qualify for institutional or federal need-based scholarships. Departmental scholarships are also available, and are generally awarded to juniors and seniors who have proven their commitment to their major by performing well academically. Outside scholarships can also be found online, and we encourage you to apply for those.
15. How do I begin applying for outside scholarships?
The internet offers a variety of free scholarship search sites. There are just a few of the sites you should check out.
16. What is it like to be a student at Baylor if I don't practice Christianity?
Baylor is a welcoming place and is home to students from many different faith traditions from all over the world. This diversity enriches our culture. With more than 330 student organizations on campus, there are opportunities for everyone to get immersed in the Baylor culture, regardless of your background. You can even start a new organization if you're passionate about something that's not already represented. If you're interested in a religious organization that is not Christian, there are local places of worship that often meet students' needs. There are also vast opportunities for student employment on campus. Some paid student leadership positions have a Christian requirement, but the majority of student positions are open to all religions.