New Student Information

If you are planning on living IN WACO while taking classes for the upcoming semester, and taking classes face-to-face please be advised that you are required to complete the steps listed below

Pre-Arrival Required Tasks (before arriving in Waco)

1. New Student Questionnaire

2. International Online Orientation Course

Post-Arrival Arrival Required Tasks (after arriving in Waco)

3. Complete Self-Quarantine Requirement

4. Complete Electronic Check-In for Initial Students Request

5. Maintaining Status Sessions

6. Waco Accomodations & Transportation to Baylor

7. Attend Global Bears Week Orientation

8. Baylor University COVID-19 Information


Pre-Arrival Required Tasks (before arriving in Waco)

1. New Student Questionnaire

Complete the New International Student Questionnaire on your Global Bears accountThis is REQUIRED for all incoming students.

2. International Online Orientation Course

Available early January, the International Online Orientation Canvas Course will be available via the Canvas course system, which is the program you will be using to access the online content for your Baylor courses. This orientation will give you vital information about how to access campus resources and learn more about Baylor while you are away from campus.

Post-Arrival Arrival Required Tasks (after arriving in Waco)

3. Complete COVID procedures for incoming international student (if applicable)

CLICK HERE for information about Baylor's COVID procedures and complete those that apply to you. 

If you need to complete the self-quarantine process, please CLICK HERE to access the ISSS Self-Quarantine Guide.

4. Complete Electronic Check-In for Initial Students 

Upon your arrival in Waco, and after obtain your Baylor ID card and a copy of your I-94, you must complete the "Electronic Check-In for Initial Students" Request located on your Global Bears account. Once this option becomes available, please submit the appropriate check-in documents mentioned below:

  1. I-94 Form: Upon arrival, submit a scanned copy of your completed I-94 form to your Global Bears account.
  2. Baylor ID Card (must arrive on campus to receive your ID card): Submit a scanned copy of the FRONT of your Baylor ID Card to your Global Bears Account.
Instructions to submit your I-94 Form

Upon your arrival in Waco, follow each of the below steps to obtain and submit your I-94 Form:

  1. CLICK HERE to visit the I-94 Website.
  2. Click on “Get Most Recent I-94”
  3. Read the instructions that appear and click on the blue “Consent & Agree” button.
  4. Enter the requested Traveler info, which includes your first and last (family) name, and also your Passport Number and Country of Issuance
  5. Save a copy of the I-94 form and submit it to your Global Bears account.
Instructions to create and submit a copy of your Baylor ID Card*
  1. CLICK HERE  to login to the Baylor ID card website to submit a photo for your ID card online. You can submit this picture even before you arrive in Waco.
    1. Online Photo Requirements:

      Taken within the last 6 months to reflect your current appearance

      Taken in front of a plain white or off white background

      Take in full face view directly facing the camera

      Taken in clothing you wear on a daily basis

      Format (.jpg, .jpeg, .gif, or .png)

      Please note the picture will be cropped to 300x300

      Once your photo is submitted, it will reviewed by the ID Card office. Your new photo will not be used until it has been approved. You will be notified if your photo does not meet the requirements.

      To Submit an ID Photo Online:

      Go online to

      Login using your Baylor email information

      Create a 4 digit PIN number that you will remember. A PIN must be created for your card to function properly at your residence hall. If you are not living in a residence hall, skip this step. 

      Click “Notification Preferences”- Choose at least one communication preference. This will be used in the event your picture does not meet the requirements.

      Click “Submit ID Photo”

      Review the photo requirements

      Click “Upload Photo”- Choose file

      Click “Submit”

      If you have any problems or questions, please email or call 254.710.MYID (6943)

  2. Go to the Baylor ID Card Office to pick up your card. The Baylor ID Card Office is located in the Speight Parking Garage on Baylor’s campus. CLICK HERE for a Baylor Campus Map. It usually takes about 24-48 hours between submitting your photo and picking up the card. Baylor will not send electronic copies of ID cards, the physical card itself must be picked up from the ID card office by the student/scholar.
  3. If you would prefer a method without contact to pickup your ID card, contact the ID Card Office at
  4. Once you have your Baylor ID card, either take a picture of or scan the front of it that has your picture and submit it through your Global Bears account.

*If you are self-quarantining before arriving on Baylor’s campus, please follow the instructions below:

  1. You can pickup and submit a copy of your ID card after completing the self-quarantine requirement.
  2. You can still submit a copy of your I-94 while you are completing your self-quarantine. You can pickup a copy of your Baylor ID card once you complete
5. Maintaining Status Sessions

All international students taking face-to-face classes at Baylor for the first time are required to attend Maintaining Status Session hosted by International Student & Scholar Services. These sessions are held either prior to the beginning of classes during Global Bears Week, or during the first week of classes, depending on the semester. Students entering in the summer will be required to attend one of the sessions prior to the fall semester. The session is designed to educate international students about their responsibilities as international students studying in the U.S. The primary goals are to help students understand the regulations that they must follow in order to remain “in status” and to make them aware of the many processes, resources, and support services that the ISSS Office has to assist them during their time at Baylor University. Students who do not attend one of the required sessions will have a hold placed on their account which will prevent them from changing their schedule, getting a transcript, registering for the following semester, etc.

6. Waco Accommodations & Transportation to Baylor

Starting January 10th, Baylor will provide transportation from the Waco Airport and Greyhound Station to the hotels listed below in Waco*.

You can register for this transportation by completing the New Student Questionnaire located on your Global Bears accountCheck back on your account for updates.

 If you decide to stay in accommodations that are not on this list, then you will need to make your own transportation arrangements.

Waco Hotel Transportation List

  1. Red Roof Inn Waco 720 S M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Waco, TX 76704: +1 (254) 752-3388: Click here to check for availability.
  2. Courtyard by Marriott Waco: 101 Washington Ave, Waco, TX 76701: +1 (254) 752-8686: Click here to check availability.
  3. Hotel Indigo Waco: 211 Clay Ave, Waco, TX 76706: +1 (254) 754-7000. Click here to check availability

For more information about getting to Waco, please CLICK HERE.

*These hotel accommodations do not apply to students who will be living on-campus for the fall 2021 semester and need to self-quarantine. If you fall into both these categories, please see the information above for more information regarding self-quarantine procedures.

7. Attend Global Bears Week Orientation

Please make plans to attend Baylor's international student orientation, called Global Bears Week, happening from January 12-14th, 2022. which provides customized orientation information and activities for new incoming international students. This year, Global Bears Week will be -- the week before classes start. 

CLICK HERE to find out more information about Global Bears Week, including a full schedule of events happening this year. We hope you are able to join us for these activities!

8. Baylor University COVID-19 Information & Questions 

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 and Baylor University, please CLICK HERE. For additional general questions about arrival and check-in, please contact us at

Center for Global Engagement

Hankamer Academic Center, H 160.01
1428 S. 5th St.
Waco, TX 76798

One Bear Place #97012
Waco, TX 76798-7012

(254) 710-1461