Orientation & Advising For First-Year Students

Orientation & Advising For First-Year Students

Orientation (for First-Year Students and Guests)

Baylor University and the Department of New Student Programs are currently planning to host in-person experiences for New Student Orientation, Baylor Line Camp, and Welcome Week in Summer 2021. However, adjustments may be necessary based on University, local, state, and federal guidelines related to Covid-19. Updates will be provided as available on the New Student Programs website.

Orientation is a two-day program designed to help you discover the incredible opportunities and experiences that await you as a Baylor Bear. You will meet other new Bears and take your first steps as part of the Baylor Line!

Baylor offers 10 Orientation sessions during the months of June and July, each of which is offered as a Combined Session with our extended orientation program called Baylor Line Camp. This allows you to attend both programs in one 5-day campus experience. Opportunities are also available to attend a 2-day Orientation-Only session. There is no cost to attend Orientation, and students are encouraged to bring one parent or guest with them. Guests are limited to one per student this year as we maintain necessary social distancing. The Baylor Line Camp portion of a Combined Session is just for students and requires a $125 registration fee.

Reservations are required for all Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Combined Sessions and Orientation-Only Sessions, and each session is available until spaces have filled.

The anticipated start time for Orientation is 8:00AM CT on Day 1. Activities conclude on Day 2 by 2:00PM. Students attending an Orientation Session combined with Baylor Line Camp will then participate in Baylor Line Camp activities for the remainder of their session.

Overnight Lodging
Orientation & Baylor Line Camp Combined Sessions:  Students, you will be housed on-campus for the duration of your Combined Session of Orientation + Baylor Line Camp, beginning the evening of Day 1. Guests should arrange for off-campus accommodations.
Orientation-Only Sessions:  On-campus lodging is not provided for students or for guests attending Orientation-Only sessions. Arrangements should be made for off-campus accommodations.

Academic Advising and Course Registration

The process for signing up for and having your academic advising appointment will occur separately from New Student Orientation. Students, you will meet with your advisor virtually to be advised for first semester classes.

Next Steps for Advising and Course Registration

To register for Baylor Line Camp, you will need your Bear ID, a credit card to submit your $125 registration fee payment, the name you would like on the back of your Baylor Line Jersey (you can update this at a later time if you need to), and your Jersey size. Line Jerseys tend to run small, and many students prefer to select one size larger than their usual t-shirt size.
Reservations are Now Open!

Please do not make travel or lodging accommodations until you have a confirmed reservation in a specific session.

Dates for Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Combined Sessions

Session 1 June 7 - 11 Monday - Friday
Session 2 June 8 - 12 Tuesday - Saturday
Session 3 June 14 - 18 Monday - Friday
Session 4 June 15 - 19 Tuesday - Saturday
Session 5 June 21 - 25 Monday - Friday
Session 6 June 22 - 26 Tuesday - Saturday
Session 7* June 28 - July 2 Monday - Friday
*Session 7 is only for Honors College, Engineering, Computer Science & Bioinformatics students.
Session 8   June 29 - July 3   Tuesday - Saturday
Session 9   July 12 - 16   Monday - Friday
Session 10   July 13 - 17   Tuesday - Saturday
Combined Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Basic Schedule!

Dates for Orientation-Only Sessions

Session 1 June 7 - 8 Monday - Tuesday
Session 2 June 8 - 9 Tuesday - Wednesday
Session 3 June 14 - 15 Monday - Tuesday
Session 4 June 15 - 16 Tuesday - Wednesday
Session 5 June 21 - 22 Monday - Tuesday
Session 6 June 22 - 23 Tuesday - Wednesday
Session 7 June 28 - 29 Monday - Tuesday
Session 8 June 29 - 30 Tuesday - Wednesday
Session 9 July 12 - 13 Monday - Tuesday
Session 10 July 13 - 14 Tuesday - Wednesday

NOTE: A limited number of Orientation-Only spaces are available at each session
Orientation-Only Basic Schedule!

What if I am not able to attend an in-person Orientation?

Students are highly encouraged to attend an in-person Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Combined Session or an Orientation-Only Session. However, we recognize that special circumstances might make it especially difficult for some students to travel to Baylor's campus in the summer. Students can request to complete their Orientation virtually. We will reach out to you in the coming weeks with additional details and next steps to complete your Virtual Orientation experience.

Register for Virtual Orientation

New Student Programs

East Village Dining Commons
1706 S. 3rd Street
Waco, TX 76798

(254) 710-7240