Coronavirus (COVID-19) Admissions Response

Our thoughts and prayers are with all families who have been directly or indirectly affected by the rapidly-changing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As a result, we have implemented a few admissions process changes in an effort to support prospective students and their families during this uncertain time.

If you have any other suggestions or concerns, please contact admissions@baylor.edu. To review ongoing updates about the university's response to the coronavirus, please refer to baylor.edu/coronavirus

We're excited to share that we intend to safely resume in-person teaching, learning and residential life for the fall 2020 semester! If you'd like to read the full statement from our President, Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D, you can do that here.

Admissions Process Changes: 


Freshman students

1. Baylor has extended the deposit deadline to June 1 (previously May 1).

We hope this allows accepted students and families enough time to research, discuss and make their final decision in the wake of this unique situation.

All deadlines are by 5 p.m. CST. If you are accepted less than two weeks before, or any time after the above deadlines, please refer to the deadline listed in your acceptance letter.

2. Baylor will continue accepting applications and required documents throughout the spring semester. Please continue to apply!

Notification Dates:

  • Anyone who applies and/or joins the waitlist will be notified of their decision on a rolling basis as space becomes available. 

Required Items:

  • Transcripts that are emailed from a high school counselor will be considered "official".
  • We also accept "passing" grades from your spring semester transcript.
  • If you were registered for March or April testing, your admissions counselor can work with you on your options. Please work with your admissions counselor for any questions or concerns. 
3. Baylor's campus tours and on- and off-campus events have been canceled until May 15, 2020.

Baylor now offers an immersive virtual event experience allowing students to interact with Admissions, Financial Aid, professors and students. Students can also explore more than 100 videos created by the Baylor Family to show how special Baylor is. The new virtual platform is designed to give all prospective students authentic answers to their important questions so they can make their college choice with confidence. 

4. Baylor has extended the housing application deadline to June 1.

As long as students submit their housing application before 11:59 p.m. CST on June 1, they'll have the same chances as everyone else to access roommate matching software and select their specific residence hall and room. Please contact Campus Living & Learning with any housing questions. Note: You do not need to submit proof of your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination (BMV) to select your housing; however, you will need proof of BMV prior to the first day of classes.

5. Baylor has launched innovative Summer of Discovery online courses.

To help you jump start your academic pursuits at Baylor, we are making it easy to begin classes from home this summer with our Summer of Discovery online course bundles. Courses are discounted from regular tuition, and students receive greater discounts as the number of classes taken increases. Classes will be taught by Baylor faculty in the supportive Christian environment that is a hallmark of a Baylor education. Students will learn alongside their peers and also have the assurance that these classes will support most degree plans and majors. In addition, these course bundles are specifically designed in response to COVID-19 and our new understanding of community, world health and other aspects of the global response.

6. Baylor's Orientation will be online this summer.

Orientation will take place virtually as students get ready for the fall. Students should continue to check goBaylor regularly as the best resource for current and upcoming action items. You can learn more about virtual Orientation on the New Student Programs website.

7. Baylor launches Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition.

Baylor’s Department of New Student Programs is excited to announce that this year we will host ten 2-day sessions of Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition! Although this summer’s experiences will not take place on-campus as we adapt to changes brought on by COVID-19, we remain committed to fostering meaningful opportunities for new students to connect within the Baylor Family. Learn more at baylor.edu/baylorlinecamp.

8. Baylor will accept AP credit for exams taken online.

In response to school closings due to the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19, the College Board has developed AP Exams that can be taken at home, online this year from May 11-22, 2020. Baylor remains committed to granting students academic credit for the successful completion of 2020 AP Exams and our current policy for awarding credit will remain in effect for students who test in 2020.* We appreciate students’ efforts to do their best under the difficult circumstances.
*The School of Music will only grant credit for Theory I (MUS 1301) with a score of 5. Students wishing to pursue credit for MUS 1101 (Musicianship I) should contact the School of Music.


Transfer students

1. Baylor has extended the application deadline to July 1 (previously June 1). 

During this uncertain time, we understand that several institutions have moved to a pass/fail grading system. Therefore, classes taken in Spring 2020 that receive a "Pass" will be evaluated for transfer credit. If you're having trouble obtaining official documents to complete your application, please reach out to your admissions counselor for any questions or concerns.

2. Baylor has extended the deadline to deposit for the Fall semester to July 15 (previously July 1).

We hope this allows accepted students and families enough time to research, discuss and make their final decision in the wake of this unique situation.

3. For Fall 2020, the requirements for majors have been updated.
Major/Program Minimum Cumulative GPA
Biology 2.75
Biochemistry 2.75
Chemistry 2.75
Clinical Lab Sciences 2.75
Engineering 3.0
Neuroscience 2.75
Pre-Dental 3.0
Pre-Medical 3.0
Pre-Veterinary 3.0
Psychology 2.75
4. Baylor launches Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition.

Baylor’s Department of New Student Programs is excited to announce that this year we will host ten 2-day sessions of Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition! Although this summer’s experiences will not take place on-campus as we adapt to changes brought on by COVID-19, we remain committed to fostering meaningful opportunities for new students to connect within the Baylor Family. Learn more at baylor.edu/baylorlinecamp.


International students

1. Start Baylor Online

For those potentially unable to start classes on Baylor’s Waco, Texas, campus this fall 2020 (as a result of the virus situation and possible travel bans), admitted international students will have the opportunity to take full-time classes online from their home country until they are able to travel to Baylor. Please reach out to your Admissions Counselor to discuss this opportunity: International_Admissions@baylor.edu or +1-254-710-3435.

If you have already registered to start Baylor online in the fall, please visit our Alternate Online Start resource page for helpful information as you prepare to begin classes.

2. Cancellation of International Exit Exams

With many international examinations being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, depending on how each examining board is adapting to the situation, we will be reviewing students based on provisional or predicted scores. Please contact your international admissions counselor (International_Admissions@baylor.edu) with any additional questions you may have.

3. Unofficial EPRO Tests: 

If you are unable to submit official English Proficiency examination reports at this time, please contact your international admissions counselor (International_Admissions@baylor.edu) immediately so that they can work with you directly to make accommodations.

4. Baylor launches Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition.

Baylor’s Department of New Student Programs is excited to announce that this year we will host ten 2-day sessions of Baylor Line Camp — Home Edition! Although this summer’s experiences will not take place on-campus as we adapt to changes brought on by COVID-19, we remain committed to fostering meaningful opportunities for new students to connect within the Baylor Family. Learn more at baylor.edu/baylorlinecamp.


Current High School Juniors

1. Baylor has made the decision to become a test-optional institution for the 2021 application cycle for incoming freshman students.

As an institution that values equity, we recognize the unique complexities of this application cycle. Due to testing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Baylor University will be test optional for 2020-2021. We understand that students this year may make their decision about how to apply based on a lack of access to testing rather than personal preferences regarding testing. Learn more about our Test Optional policy here.

2. Baylor has launched innovative Summer of Discovery online courses.

Baylor's Summer of Discovery is making it easy for students entering their senior year of High School to get started early on their college career while completing courses online from home this summer. Courses are discounted from regular tuition, and students receive greater discounts as the number of classes taken increases. Classes will be taught by Baylor faculty in the supportive Christian environment that is a hallmark of a Baylor education. Students will learn alongside their peers and also have the assurance that these classes will support most degree plans and majors. In addition, these course bundles are specifically designed in response to COVID-19 and our new understanding of community, world health and other aspects of the global response.

3. Baylor will accept AP credit for exams taken online.

In response to school closings due to the impact and ongoing threat of COVID-19, the College Board has developed AP Exams that can be taken at home, online this year from May 11-22, 2020. Baylor remains committed to granting students academic credit for the successful completion of 2020 AP Exams and our current policy for awarding credit will remain in effect for students who test in 2020.* We appreciate students’ efforts to do their best under the difficult circumstances.
*The School of Music will only grant credit for Theory I (MUS 1301) with a score of 5. Students wishing to pursue credit for MUS 1101 (Musicianship I) should contact the School of Music.