Alternate Advising & Registration

First Step

If special circumstances prevent you from attending Orientation in June, you may submit a request to complete your academic advising and registration through a process called Alternate Advising & Registration. A limited number of Alternate Advising appointments are available and are primarily intended for students who will be unable to travel to campus in June (such as international students or other students coming from a significant distance.) If approved, there are a number of important items in order to be ready for your academic advising appointment and additional registration items before your first semester.

In addition to the following items, be sure to continue to check your goBaylor account for any pending steps you may need to complete.

Important Items to Complete
Request Alternate Advising & Registration

The Orientation reservation form will open April 1, 2020. On the Orientation reservation form, you will find a link to the Alternate Advising Request Form under the selection menu for available Orientation sessions. Once you have submitted this form, university staff will review your request and respond by email within 5 business days. If approved, you will then complete the remaining steps in the Alternate Advising & Registration process.

If you are not approved, you have two available options:

  1. Return to the Orientation reservation form to select an available Orientation session
  2. Complete Late Advising & Registration, through which you will be advised and register for classes after academic advisors complete Alternate Advising appointments. The steps you will need to complete will be the same as for Alternate Advising & Registration.
Complete the New Student Advising Questionnaire

The Advising Questionnaire, which will be accessible through your goBaylor account, asks you to share information about any potential college credit you might be transferring to Baylor. This form is also where you can update your expected major.

Submit Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination (BMV) documentation

Texas state law requires that ALL new students under the age of 22 must show proof of meningococcal vaccination within the last 5 years and at least 10 days prior to the first class day. You will not be able to be advised or register for classes at Baylor until proof of the vaccine has been submitted to and processed by the Baylor Health Center.

You are highly encouraged to submit your documentation well in advance of your academic advising appointment. Visit the Health Center's website to learn more about the requirement and how to submit your documentation.

Activate and regularly check your Baylor email account

Many offices and departments will be communicating important information to you as you prepare for your first semester, and most of this communication will be through your Baylor email. Be sure to activate your Bear ID and Baylor email account, then take steps to set up your Microsoft 365 applications on your computer and any other devices.

Set up Duo on your mobile device

Baylor uses a security program called Duo to help protect students, faculty, and staff as they utilize many of the University’s technology resources. Duo is a two-factor authentication process that you will use when you access systems like Canvas, Bearweb, Box, and other systems.

You will need to set up Duo on your mobile device prior to attending Orientation. Learn about enrolling in Duo on the Information Technology Services website.

Take any needed Placement Exams

Baylor utilizes several Placement Exams to help ensure that you register for the classes that will be the best fit for you. Which Placement Exams you might need to take is based on:

  • Your expected major and/or academic program
  • Your ACT/SAT test scores

You will see information about Placement Exams in your goBaylor account. Learn more about Placement Exams on the University Advisement website.

Send any prior academic credits

If you have achieved any prior college-level credits that you anticipate transferring to Baylor, it is best to have those sent to Baylor before your academic advising appointment. That will help you and your advisor build the class schedule that will be right for you. Learn more about transferring credits to Baylor on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Coordinate an appointment time with your academic advisor

If you are approved for Alternate Advising & Registration, you will be assigned an academic advisor who will help you select and register for your fall semester classes. You can expect your advisor to contact you in late May or early June to arrange an advising conversation. Be sure to regularly check your Baylor email and respond to your advisor promptly in order to set up your advising conversation. You and your advisor will work together to determine if the conversation will occur by phone, email, or a campus visit.

Visit with your academic advisor

During your advising conversation, you and your advisor will discuss your academic aspirations and work together to design a class schedule for your fall semester. Visit the University Advisement website for great resources and recommendations to prepare for your advising appointment.

Complete important registration steps

During or soon after your advising conversation, you should receive information from your advisor regarding important next steps. Those will include items such as selecting a meal plan, parking options, and understanding the Financial Settlement process.

Register for and attend August Orientation on Wednesday, August 19

You and your guests are encouraged to attend a half-day August Orientation program from 1:00pm - 7:00pm on Wednesday, August 19. You will receive additional details and a registration invitation in the summer. Learn more about August Orientation.

Next Steps

Entering in Summer II
Welcome Week

Welcome Week, August 20-23, is the official kickoff to your Baylor journey! You will get to know other new students as you deepen your connection to Baylor.

Learn more about Welcome Week.

Entering in Fall
Baylor Line Camp

You have several great options for attending Baylor Line Camp, including a session in July, Specialty Camp Session, or Off-Campus Session.

Learn more about Baylor Line Camp.

Welcome Week

Welcome Week, August 20-23, is the official kickoff to your Baylor journey! You will get to know other new students as you deepen your connection to Baylor.

Learn more about Welcome Week.

New Student Programs

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