Find answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Baylor Summer of Discovery for current students, incoming students and rising high school seniors. These FAQs will be updated as new information becomes available.
The deadline to change your entry term for courses in Summer 1 or 2 is April 23. Keep in mind that if you decide to take all your courses in a single summer session, you will only be able to take up to 8 hours total.
If you plan on graduating in fewer than 8 semesters, you may qualify to use your Baylor academic scholarship. Go to our webpage on scholarship appeals to learn more. Please note that your scholarship amount is limited to your tuition charge. Furthermore, outside scholarship eligibility requirements are determined by the awarding source. While we will certainly accept outside scholarships, those agencies will determine if the student is eligible, not Baylor.
Financial aid information cannot be moved from one academic year to another. This summer falls into the 2020-2021 year, and students must file the 2020-2021 FAFSA, complete verification (if selected) and receive a 2020-2021 award package based on summer enrollment. You would have until June 30 to complete your FAFSA, but it is recommended that you complete it sooner.
Yes, there is a payment plan option for Summer, which divides the total amount into two equal installments due on May 12, 2021, and June 30, 2021. There is also a nonrefundable setup fee of $24 to participate in the Summer Payment Plan. For more detailed information, you can visit our webpage on payment plans.
Most often, similar courses are offered during each summer session; however, there might be specific courses only offered during one session. When you are exploring your course options, if you click on the course number, you can see when the course is offered. Also, your academic advisor will be able to help you make selections.
Students can participate in both summer sessions, but the maximum number of hours that incoming freshmen can complete in the summer is 16 hours (8 hours per summer session). Current students may also participate in the May minimester and therefore can earn a total of 19 hours for all three terms.
Online summer classes are taught using a variety of methods, depending on the type of course. Some courses may be synchronous, meaning the class meets on specific days of the week at a specified time; for example, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Courses may also be asynchronous, meaning class content delivery is not bound to a specific daily or weekly schedule. Other classes may be a hybrid. For example, a course could include pre-recorded lectures that are accessible to students and also have a standard class meeting time for discussion between students and the professor. No matter how the course content is delivered, all Baylor online classes provide students with a rich academic experience, the opportunity to engage with top-notch faculty and a chance to form relationships with other Baylor students.
Your academic advisor will provide you with guidance on what courses would be best for you to take based on your goals and interests. Specific information about how a course will be taught, as well as the professor's expectations and requirements for the course, will be provided to you in the course syllabus.
Generally speaking, faculty recommend students plan to use 2-3 hours for preparation and study outside of class time for every one-hour of credit they take. So, if a student is taking 9 hours of coursework a week, the recommendation is that they plan for 18 hours to study and prepare.
Students will be advised late April or the beginning of May. Students should check their Baylor email as an academic advisor will reach out to schedule an advising appointment. Please make sure you complete your Advising Questionnaire by April 28th.
While the grades you earn in summer 2020 as an incoming freshman will be calculated into your Baylor cumulative GPA, we will not review grades for incoming students until spring 2021 (which will also include Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 grades), and therefore scholarships will not be affected until that time.
The transcript will not mark these courses as online courses. However, a professional school (e.g. medical school) might ask students to indicate their online courses on their application for admissions.
Your Summer of Discovery courses, as well as any AP, IB, or dual credit accepted by Baylor, will be noted on your transcript. Click here to learn more about how these courses will be considered in each program in the Honors College (Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, Honors Program, Great Texts, and University Scholars), and speak with an advisor before selecting your courses.
Historically, medical schools have greatly discouraged applicants from taking online math and science courses. However, each medical school is different, and it will depend on the medical school and how they view 2020 courses. Medical schools have made an exception for spring 2020 courses due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will likely continue to do so for Summer 2020 as most universities are offering only online options. Other online courses such as History, Religion, English and many of the social sciences are generally accepted by medical schools and health-related programs. These are also good options for students to consider as they provide additional opportunities for potential minors, certificates and secondary majors.
In order to ensure compliance with state laws regarding consent to treatment, the reduced student fees payable for the online summer session by non-degree-seeking students, incoming freshmen, and transfers do not permit access to Baylor Health Services or Counseling Center. Academic counseling, applicable academic accommodations for disabilities and other academic services are available for online non-degree-seeking students, incoming freshmen, and transfers. Online students who are present in Waco, may use University Libraries, McLane Student Life Center and other facilities that are open to students. All facilities are subject to closure at any time per government order or at Baylor's discretion.
Unfortunately, since Summer of Discovery requires internet access and connectivity, you cannot enroll in the summer session that you will be attending an in-person Line Camp. At Line Camp, you will not have access to technology.
You can take a different summer session from which your Line Camp is in. If you attend in-person Line Camp in June, you may enroll in Summer 2 and visa versa.