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 your 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 Newman. 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 and/or from pertinent texts, historical figures, and contemporary events. (500 suggested word limit)

Newman says the following about liberal education:

"It is a great point then to enlarge the range of studies which a University professes, even for the sake of the students; and, though they cannot pursue every subject which is open to them, they will be the gainers by living among those and under those who represent the whole circle. . . . They learn to respect, to consult, to aid each other. . . . [They] apprehend the great outlines of knowledge, the principles on which it rests, the scale of its parts, its lights and its shades, its great points and its little . . . . Hence it is that [their] education is called “Liberal.” A habit of mind is formed which lasts through life, of which the attributes are, freedom, equitableness, calmness, moderation, and wisdom."  --John Henry Newman

Application Details by Program & Major:

All applicants should apply as early as possible for advising and housing purposes. Applications for the Honors College open October 1, 2019.

Baylor Interdisciplinary Core:
  • Applicants are admitted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and acceptance e-mails are sent on a weekly basis.
  • (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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