Coronavirus Admissions FAQs

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Coronavirus Admissions FAQs

1. Is campus closed to visitors?
2. I am a few points away from being able to qualify for a higher merit scholarship and had signed up for a test date that got cancelled. Am I going to be able to retest and submit scores past May 1?
3. I submitted my application before the March 15 deadline, but because my school is closed, I cannot send my transcript. What do I do?
4. I am an international student who has been accepted into the Fall 2020 class, but due to the outbreak, I might not be able to travel to the U.S. What do I do?
5. What if the novel coronavirus affected my family's finances?
6. When is Baylor's Housing Application deadline?
7. Will there be Orientation sessions this summer?
8. How will I be able to connect with my advisor this summer?
9. Will Baylor Line Camp be available this summer?
10. Will campus be open in the fall?
11. Where can I learn more about what to expect for courses this fall?
12. Am I required to live on-campus as an incoming first-year student if I have an "online only" schedule of classes?
13. What is Baylor doing in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
14. What is the deferral process if I decide to wait until next semester or next year to enroll at Baylor?




Coronavirus Admissions FAQs

1. Is campus closed to visitors?
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we have suspended all Visit Experiences and campus tours until further notice. During this time, please check out our immersive virtual visit options allowing you to interact with Admissions, Financial Aid, professors and students. We will continue to monitor the situation and notify as needed.

2. I am a few points away from being able to qualify for a higher merit scholarship and had signed up for a test date that got cancelled. Am I going to be able to retest and submit scores past May 1?
If you were registered for March or April testing, please email your admissions counselor, so they can discuss your options and/or concerns.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872031

3. I submitted my application before the March 15 deadline, but because my school is closed, I cannot send my transcript. What do I do?
Please try and contact your high school counselor/registrar. We are accepting emailed transcripts directly from your school and will consider them official. If you have a copy of your transcript that includes your credit from 9th-11th grade, please email it to your admissions counselor. We will consider that an unofficial transcript, which can be used to complete your file for review.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/admissions/index.php?id=872031

4. I am an international student who has been accepted into the Fall 2020 class, but due to the outbreak, I might not be able to travel to the U.S. What do I do?
Admitted international students who are potentially unable to start classes on Baylor's Waco, Texas, campus for the Fall 2020 semester as a result of the virus outbreak and possible travel bans 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.

5. What if the novel coronavirus affected my family's finances?
We understand these are unprecedented times and many families have been impacted. If there has been a change of income in your household due to COVID-19, please refer to our Special Circumstances Appeal process so that our leadership may review as soon as possible.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/sfs/index.php?id=948495

6. When is Baylor's Housing Application deadline?
Baylor has extended the housing application deadline to June 1. When you submit your housing application has no bearing on your housing preferences. As long as you submit your housing application before 11:59 p.m. CST on June 1, you'll have the same chances as everyone else to access roommate matching software and select your specific residence hall and room. Please contact Campus Living & Learning with any housing questions.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/cll/

7. Will there be Orientation sessions this summer?
In order to best support students and families in navigating uncertainty over the next few weeks and months, we are transitioning our summer orientation to an online experience. 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 appeals.

8. How will I be able to connect with my advisor this summer?
Students will connect virtually with their academic advisor for class advising and registration. More info about timelines and processes to come soon.

9. Will Baylor Line Camp be available this summer?
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.

10. Will campus be open in the fall?
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.

11. Where can I learn more about what to expect for courses this fall?
With the intention to safely resume on-campus instruction, Baylor's plans for the fall schedule and how classes will be offered are complex and take into account new information as received from health authorities. For the most up-to-date information, please continue to check the University's main COVID-19 Information page.

12. Am I required to live on-campus as an incoming first-year student if I have an "online only" schedule of classes?

Undergraduate students who wish to enroll or who are already enrolled entirely online can complete the Fall 2020 Online Only Interest Form by midnight CST on Sunday, August 2 in order to begin the process with your Academic advisor to approve an online only schedule and apply for a housing exemption. Baylor cannot guarantee that all requests will be able to be accommodated.

For freshmen students approved for all online courses, exemptions will be granted for the fall semester only, and students are expected to live in their permanent residence and not in off-campus apartments.

More information is available on the Coronavirus Information FAQs page.

13. What is Baylor doing in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)?
For ongoing updates about the university's response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit baylor.edu/coronavirus.
More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/coronavirus/

14. What is the deferral process if I decide to wait until next semester or next year to enroll at Baylor?
For the incoming Fall 2020 class, we will consider deferral requests due to the impact of COVID-19. If you are interested in deferring, you must first submit your $500 enrollment deposit in goBAYLOR and complete the Deferral Request Form under "Cancel Admission" in your account by August 1. All requests are evaluated on their merit and must be approved by the Undergraduate Admissions Office. We regard an admissions deferral as a mutual commitment, so students planning on applying to other colleges during their deferment period should not seek an admissions deferral. If granted, Baylor will communicate your next steps in the spring prior to your new entry term. If a deferral request is denied, you will need to reapply for a future semester. Please visit our Deferring Your Admission page for more information.

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