Getting Involved at Baylor

Baylor University is full of opportunities for incoming and current students. Starting with New Student Programs in the summer and continuing with organizations in the fall, students are able to participate in unique opportunities to form community and further their interests and passions.

There are more ways to get involved at Baylor than what any one person could participate in during his or her Baylor experience! This means you will have to make choices about what you will be involved with outside the classroom during your time at Baylor. Ideally, you should be purposeful in selecting involvement options. One of the tricks to choosing the right involvement opportunities is to have clear expectations of yourself and of your college experience.

First in Line Student Society

The First in Line Student Society is a student organization group. Chartered in the Spring of 2017, the organization meets monthly to discuss first-generation specific issues and host social, academic, and service events for all first-generation college students.

New Student Programs

Creates shared experiences - Orientation, Baylor Line Camp, and Welcome Week - that foster belonging and excitement for new students and that inspire them to take ownership of their unique Baylor story.

Late Night at the SLC

Established in 2001, Late Night is one of the most anticipated programs of the fall semester. New students have the opportunity to meet student leaders from over 200 student organizations and learn about the many opportunities for campus involvement. Students can explore activities throughout campus in four locations, featuring: live music, games, exhibitions, free food, prizes, and more. Organizations are located in the McLane Student Life Center, Russell Gymnasium, The Bobo Spiritual Life Center, and the Bill Daniel Student Center (The SUB).

Student Activities

The Department of Student Activities opens pathways for students to develop their leadership and become people of influence through membership in student organizations. Whether teaching others how to samba, organizing a rally for a cleaner environment, spearheading a fundraiser for cancer research, or performing in an overseas choir tour, there is an opportunity for you to connect through student organizations.

Community Engagement & Service

The Office of Community Engagement and Service (CES) provides the campus-wide infrastructure for coordinating, supporting and advancing informed community engagement with the intention of leveraging the university's collective influence toward promoting positive social change.

"The tips I would give to other first generation students is do not give up, no matter what. I know going home, back to the comfort of what you know, sounds appealing, but do not do it. You need to make something of yourself. Do your research. Ask questions. If you are not sure about something, do not assume things just because you are too proud to ask for help when you need it. When you are struggling, you don’t have to do it all yourself all the time. And last but not least, you need to know the struggles, embrace them, and keep your eye on that long term goal, the one that has gotten you this far."

- Ginger Chambers

Student Success Initiatives

Be sure to get to know the wonderful staff and resources at our Student Success Initiatives office! Success Initiatives (SSI) strives to positively impact the success of Baylor students by addressing their social, emotional, vocational, spiritual and academic needs. Each of the SSI areas is designed to strengthen a student’s transition, persistence and retention, thereby creating a more robust coordinated care network for undergraduate students.