FAQs

Academics

1. Will someone work with Honors College students to help them plan their academic schedule?
2. What benefits do National Merit Finalists receive?

AP, IB, and Dual Credits

1. How do my AP, IB, and dual credit courses count in the Honors College?
2. Which Summer of Discovery courses should I take for the Honors College?
3. Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
4. Great Texts (GTX) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
5. Honors Program (HP) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
6. University Scholars (UNSC) and AP/IB/Dual Credits

Applications/Application Deadlines

1. Should a student apply to the Honors College or to one of the programs within the Honors College?
2. If a student received a letter informing him/her that he/she qualifies for certain programs within the Honors College, will he/she be automatically admitted to those programs?
3. Is the Honors College application separate from the Baylor application?
4. What is the application deadline for the Honors College?
5. What are the enrollment deadlines for the Honors College programs/majors?
6. What test scores are required for admission to the Honors College? Are minimum test scores required?
7. How does the Honors College process home school applicants? Do home school students have any special requirements?
8. I received an error message on my Honors College application saying that I shouldn't start a new application if I have already started a CommonApp. What do I do?

Benefits of Being in the Honors College

1. What are the benefits of being in the Honors College?

Getterman Scholars Program

1. How are Getterman Scholars selected?
2. Do I need to apply to the Honors College before I apply to Getterman?
3. Do I need to be accepted to the Honors College first before I apply to Getterman?
4. Who chooses Getterman Scholars?
5. What is the most important factor in a student’s application?
6. Will a technologically impressive video essay be better?
7. How should I prepare for the Getterman application process?
8. Will I be eligible for I2E and Getterman scholarships?
9. How will Baylor hold the 2022 Getterman Scholars Day?
10. Can Getterman winners defer acceptance?
11. What other HC sessions do I need to attend in order to be eligible for Getterman Scholars?

Graduation

1. If a student is enrolled in an Honors College program, does that mean he/she will "graduate with honors"?

Honors College Programs

1. Is the Honors College the same thing as the Honors Program?
2. Can a student be enrolled in more than one Honors College program?
3. How do the Honors Program and the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core work together?
4. Is there a one-page overview of the four different Honors College programs?
5. Whom should I contact to learn more about the Honors College and its programs?

Housing

1. What is the deadline to apply to reside in the HRC?
2. Do all Honors College students live in the Honors Residential College (HRC)?
3. How many students reside in the HRC?
4. How many incoming students are accepted to reside in the HRC each year?
5. If a student wants to live in the HRC, how can he/she make sure that he/she will have a space there?
6. How can a student check the status of his/her HRC application?
7. What makes the HRC unique to other dormitories or on-campus communities?

Orientation

1. What is Orientation, and is it mandatory to attend?
2. What is Honors Line Camp and is it mandatory to attend?

Scholarships

1. How much does Baylor cost?
2. Does the Honors College offer scholarships for incoming/current students?
3. Does the Honors College provide scholarships for study abroad?
4. If students do not receive a scholarship in their freshman year, can they re-apply in latter semesters?
5. Where do students apply for Honors College scholarships?




Academics

1. Will someone work with Honors College students to help them plan their academic schedule?
Faculty and/or staff in each Honors College program assist all Honors College students in academic advisement during Orientation and each semester thereafter.

2. What benefits do National Merit Finalists receive?
The University automatically considers high-achieving students, such as National Merit Finalists, for academic scholarships in addition to various other scholarship opportunities. For more information on the affordability of a Baylor education, CLICK HERE.

For more information about Honors College scholarships, CLICK HERE.

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AP, IB, and Dual Credits

1. How do my AP, IB, and dual credit courses count in the Honors College?
Baylor University accepts credits earned through exams, dual-credit, and transfer courses. If Baylor accepts your specific AP, IB, or dual credit, then you receive those hours and they will be noted on your transcript. Please read below for details on how these will be considered in each program in the Honors College, and speak with an advisor before selecting your courses. For a list of AP and IB credits accepted by Baylor, please visit the Institutional Research and Testing site and click on "Testing" in the left column.

2. Which Summer of Discovery courses should I take for the Honors College?
Click here to learn more about Summer of Discovery courses and the Honors College.

3. Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
AP, IB, and dual credit courses do not replace BIC courses. Since our courses are interdisciplinary, we cannot pull the history out of World Cultures or the literature out of World of Rhetoric. You would miss a valuable part of the BIC program. If the course for which you receive AP IB, or dual credit is required by your major, then your credit meets the major requirement. For example, if you receive credit for PSC 1305-American National Government, and are a political science major, then the credit meets a major requirement, but does not affect your BIC requirements.

4. Great Texts (GTX) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
For students who are considering a Great Texts major and are wondering about the applicability of transfer credits (dual Credit, AP) there are generally no equivalents for GTX courses. We recommend consulting with your advisor regarding substitutions for your general education core requirements.

5. Honors Program (HP) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
The Honors Program is an enhancement to your major, so you can take any class required for your degree, major, or preprofessional program (like premed or prelaw) this summer! Please talk to your academic advisor about best options for you.

6. University Scholars (UNSC) and AP/IB/Dual Credits
All courses accepted for Baylor University credit will count toward graduation hours in the University Scholars program. Scores required to receive AP and similar exam-based credit are available HERE. Information about transfer and dual-credit courses can be found HERE.

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Applications/Application Deadlines

1. Should a student apply to the Honors College or to one of the programs within the Honors College?
To be a member of the Honors College, a student must submit the Honors College Common Application. Upon successful submission, he/she will be directed to submit one or more program-specific applications. The student MUST submit at least one program-specific application to be considered for entrance into that program and into the Honors College. Entrance into the Honors College is by way of the program.

2. If a student received a letter informing him/her that he/she qualifies for certain programs within the Honors College, will he/she be automatically admitted to those programs?
No, to be admitted, he/she still has to submit the Honors College Common Application and subsequently apply to the particular program or programs for which he/she qualifies and which interests him/her.

3. Is the Honors College application separate from the Baylor application?

All Baylor applicants are welcome to apply to the Honors College programs through our one joint application on goBAYLOR. You do not need to wait to be accepted to Baylor in order to apply for the Honors College and our scholarships (learn more here). However, we will not be able to view and process your application until you are accepted to the University. University Scholars, BIC, and/or the Honors Program. Great Texts does not require a separate application – simply designate your major as Great Texts in your goBAYLOR account.  For more information about the Honors College application process, click here

 

4. What is the application deadline for the Honors College?

The Honors College is comprised of four programs, and entrance into the Honors College is by way of a program. For each program that requires an application, its deadline is as follows:

BIC Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance e-mails are sent on a weekly basis following phone interviews. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes. (NOTE: You may only enter the BIC as an incoming freshman.) Contact BIC here for more information.

Great Texts is offered as a major/minor and does not have an application deadline. If you desire to major/minor in Great Texts, submit the Honors College application and simply select “Great Texts” when asked to indicate the program(s) in the Honors College to which you would like to apply. After submitting the Honors College application, you will be asked to select whether you would like to add Great Texts as a major or minor. Contact Great Texts here for more information.

Honors Program Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance letters will be sent on a monthly basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes. Contact the Honors Program here for more information.

University Scholars Application Deadline: Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance letters will be sent on a monthly basis. Interested students are encouraged to apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes. Contact University Scholars here for more information.

Honors Residential College Application Deadline: Admission is by special application only and is competitive; rooms in the HRC are in high demand. Therefore, we encourage you to apply, or to reapply, for admission early. To begin the application process, click here.

For more information on the Honors College application process, click here.

 


More Information: https://www.baylor.edu/honorscollege/index.php?id=960143

5. What are the enrollment deadlines for the Honors College programs/majors?

Baylor Interdisciplinary Core (BIC): Because each entering BIC class of students progresses through the curriculum together, you must enroll in the BIC your first semester as a freshman.

Great Texts: This is offered as a major/minor. You may declare it as such at any time. You may switch to or add Great Texts as a major/minor in the academic advisement office located on the first floor of the Paul L. Foster Success Center (Sid Richardson Building).

Honors Program: If you have at least a 3.5 GPA at the start of your first spring semester, you will be invited to join the Honors Program. The latest you can join this program is the first semester of your junior year.

University Scholars: This is offered as a major; however, in order that students derive the full benefit from the program, University Scholars will not accept students who have less than three years (e.g., juniors/seniors) or less than 90 hours remaining to complete their undergraduate degree at Baylor. All Scholars must therefore complete at least 90 hours as students within the program. Students who enter late are responsible for changing their majors to University Scholars. Students with less than 30 credit hours can change their major in the academic advisement office located on the first floor of the Paul L. Foster Success Center (Sid Richardson Building).

6. What test scores are required for admission to the Honors College? Are minimum test scores required?

The Honors College does not have required test scores for admission. Applications are reviewed holistically, with test scores contributing as one part of a student’s application. For more information about the Honors College application process, click here.

Baylor is test-optional for this application cycle, meaning that test scores are optional but not required. For more information on the test-optional process, click here

 

7. How does the Honors College process home school applicants? Do home school students have any special requirements?

The admission process for home school students is the same as it is for students who went to public high school. However, home school students are required to submit standardized test scores with their application; they cannot apply as test-optional. For more information about Baylor’s requirements for home school students, click here.

8. I received an error message on my Honors College application saying that I shouldn't start a new application if I have already started a CommonApp. What do I do?
Students that see this message have not yet submitted their Baylor University Application for admission (Common Application, Apply Texas, or Baylor Web Application). Once you submit your university application, you will be able to access the Honors College application in goBAYLOR.

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Benefits of Being in the Honors College

1. What are the benefits of being in the Honors College?

Excellent Preparation for Further Academic Pursuits:

  • Undertake rigorous, significant academic pursuits such as an undergraduate thesis or research with faculty that will pave the way for higher, post-graduate exploration

Living-Learning Residence Life:

  • Take advantage of on-campus housing opportunities designed for Honors College students to strike a balance between social life and serious intellectual pursuits. Click here for more details.

Interdisciplinary Learning

  • Take courses that bridge multiple departments and integrate the sciences and the humanities

Primary Texts

  • Wrestle with the greatest books from the greatest minds rather than from textbooks or commentaries

Team Teaching

  • Enter into, and learn from, conversations between faculty

Seminar Classes

  • Rather than passive note-taking, participate actively in the exposition, analysis, and criticism of texts, arguments, and experiments

Research

  • Participate in research with the best faculty at Baylor in various fields and disciplines. Click here for more details.

Pre-Health Opportunities

  • Take advantage of priority registration, reserved places in labs and science classes, and summer internships. Click here for more details.

Extracurricular Intellectual Pursuits

  • Attend lectures and join book or film discussion groups specifically designed for Honors College students

Scholarship/Fellowship Opportunities