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 required 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 for students or guests to attend Orientation, and parents and other guests are highly encouraged to attend alongside students. The Baylor Line Camp portion of a Combined Session is just for students and requires a $125 registration fee.

On-campus lodging is not provided for students or guests during Orientation. Lodging is provided for students during Baylor Line Camp.

Orientation begins on Day 1 with Check-in starting at 8:00AM CT, followed by the Welcome Session at 9:00AM. Activities conclude on Day 2 by 3:00PM. Students attending Baylor Line Camp will check in for Camp between 2:30 and 4:00PM on Day 2.

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. More information about this process—including important dates and details—will be available in the spring semester!

Reservations are required for all sessions of Orientation, and spaces for each session are available until filled.

Online reservations open on Thursday, April 1, 2021.

Please do not make travel or lodging accommodations until you have secured 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

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

What if I am not able to attend Orientation?

Students are required to attend either an Orientation-Only Session or a Combined Session of Orientation + Baylor Line Camp. 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 approval to complete a process called Alternate Orientation; approval is granted on an individual basis. More information about the Alternate Orientation experience and approval process will be available in the spring semester.

New Student Programs

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

(254) 710-7240