Application Process

General Application Tips

Remember to select “Save for Later” if you’re not done with your application yet. Otherwise the information will be lost. To ensure that you are prepared to complete the application, review the essay questions below. You can compose your answers ahead of time and copy and paste them into the application later.


Applying to Multiple Program(s) or Major(s)

You can apply to and participate in more than one Honors College program/major. In the Honors College portion of the goBAYLOR application, students should select all programs/majors of interest.  If, at a later time, the student wishes to apply to another program, simply login to goBAYLOR to select the additional programs/majors of interest. The Great Text major does not require an application; you may simply select this as your major in you goBAYLOR account.

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Honors College Application Questions

After you apply to Baylor, you may submit responses to these four Honors College supplement questions in your goBAYLOR account. Consider preparing your answers to these questions ahead of time.

  1. If you could design your own curriculum, what areas of study would be included and why? How would the Honors College program(s) and/or major(s) at Baylor contribute to your ideal curriculum? (250 suggested word limit)
  2. Describe a cultural experience you have had and explain how it impacted you. This could be through travel, class, relationships, etc. (250 suggested word limit)
  3. Describe any important honors or awards you earned in high school; focus especially on any that relate to your interest in research and/or in study connecting different academic subjects. (150 suggested word limit)
  4. In a well-considered essay, examine the claim made below by A. Bartlett Giamatti. Evaluate its compatibility with your own views regarding the proper goals and aims of a college education. Justify your answer with experiences from your own life, pertinent texts, historical figures, or contemporary events (500 suggested word limit).

Mr. Giamatti says the following about liberal education:

There can be no more practical education, in my opinion, than one that launches you on the course of fulfilling your human capacities to reason and to imagine freely and that hones your abilities to express the results of your thinking in speech and in writing with logic, clarity, and grace.  --A. Bartlett Giamatti


Application Details by Program & Major:

All applicants should apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes.

Baylor Interdisciplary Core:
  • Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance e-mails are sent on a weekly basis.
  • A phone interview may be required.
  • (You may only enter the BIC as an incoming freshman).
Honors Program:
  • Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Great Texts:
  • Great Texts is offered as a major/minor and does not have an application.
  • To declare Great Texts as a major, you, must select Great Texts" as your major on your Baylor University application.
University Scholars:
  • Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year.
  • Be prepared to identify academic areas of interest on the application.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required(unless>you're a National Merit finalist). You can submit letters of recommendation through your goBAYLOR account.
  • All University Scholar applicants are automatically applicants of the Honors Program. Students admitted to University Scholars are enrolled in the Honors Program.

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