First in Line Success Academy

Are you the first in your family to go to college? If so, Baylor has an innovative program for First Generation College Students who are incoming freshmen or incoming transfer students. Through the First in Line Success Academy, students will have a dynamic opportunity to develop relationships with other first generation students, meet faculty, and become familiar with campus and Baylor traditions through a pre-move-in program that will extend through the fall semester. The First in Line Success Academy (FILSA) program will take place August 13-December 12, 2017.

Program Incentives

Program costs are fully covered for accepted participants. FILSA participants will receive a $3,500 scholarship that will be applied in 3 disbursements ($500 before classes begin in fall 2017, $1,500 at the conclusion of the fall 2017 program, and $1,500 spring 2018 semester). Students will need to fully participate in FILSA events to earn the scholarship award and maintain a 2.50 gpa or higher for their first semester.




The First in Line Success Academy program provides students the opportunity to get a head start on life as a Baylor Bear. From the 2015 cohort, 90% of the students felt that the program helped prepare them academically for the rigor of Baylor and 97% felt more connected to Baylor due to participation in the program.


Program Benefits

By participating in FILSA, students will:






  • Get connected to the Baylor community and meet other first-generation college students at Baylor
  • Engage in the college experience and prepare to be successful academically in the fall
  • Take advantage of one-on-one support from Academic Mentors, Peer Leaders, and faculty/staff who will help guide you to success




Student Eligibility

To be eligible for FILSA, you must:








  • Be admitted to Baylor
  • Submit your FAFSA
  • Be a first-generation college student*
  • Be a first-time incoming college freshman or transfer student
  • Be available to move in on August 13, 2017 and participate in events throughout the fall semester


*Note: Baylor defines First-Generation College Student as a student whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. Older siblings having a four-year college degree do not disqualify students from the program.