Getting Ready for Orientation
Orientation is your introduction into life at Baylor, where you will discover many of the experiences and opportunities that will mark your Baylor story. You will also take care of many important steps as you prepare for your first year. To get ready for and make the most of your Orientation experience, there are a number of items you will need to complete prior to your session. Review the information below to help you prepare for your Orientation.
Important Items to Complete Before Attending Orientation
- Register for an Orientation session
Baylor offers 12 Orientation sessions during the months of June and July, 11 of which are 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. Limited opportunities are also available to attend a 2-day Orientation-Only session. All available sessions will show on the reservation form. You can also use the form to change your Orientation session if you need to for any reason.
Reservations are Now Open!
- Secure off-campus lodging accommodations
Guests are encouraged to attend Orientation with you. Lodging is not provided for students or for guests attending Orientation. You will want to secure off-campus lodging for your overnight stay following Day 1. Depending on your travel plans, you might also want to consider local accommodations prior to Day 1, as Orientation Check-in will begin at 8:00am on the first day of your session. Orientation will conclude on Day 2 by 2:00pm. Waco offers a number of great hotels, as well as other short-term rental options. Visit the Waco Heart of Texas Lodging Guide to help you plan your stay.
- 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.
As your Orientation session approaches, we know you will have additional questions about what to expect and how to prepare. In addition to the information below, you will also receive Orientation details via your Baylor email in the weeks leading up to your session. You can also contact our office at any time during regular business hours at 254-710-7240 with any questions you may have.
What to Bring
- What to wear
Plan to wear comfortable attire and shoes appropriate for summer in Texas, as there is a fair amount of walking throughout Orientation.
- Umbrella or Rain Jacket
Be sure to check the weather prior to your session, as you might want to bring an umbrella or light rain jacket in the event of rain.
- Photo ID Card
You will need a photo ID card of some kind in order to have your Baylor student ID card made while you are on campus for Orientation.
Required Health Forms
- Submit your Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination (BMV) Documentation
Please submit your BMV documentation as soon as possible. This in NOT a requirement to attend your Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Combined Session.
The deadline for Baylor to receive the BMV documentation is July 15.
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.
Note: Bexsero and Trumenba are Meningitis B Vaccines and DO NOT meet the requirements of the State of Texas.
Visit the Health Services website to learn more about the requirement and how to submit your documentation. You may also scan and upload your Bacterial Meningitis documentation.
- Submit your Health Form
Complete and submit your Health Form. Please scan and upload your Health Form. It may also be mailed, emailed or faxed. Information is listed on the form. Please submit your BMV documentation as soon as possible. This in NOT a requirement to attend your Orientation + Baylor Line Camp Combined Session.
Arriving on Campus
Parking for Orientation is available in the Speight Parking Garage, located at 1521 S. 4th Street. You do not need a parking permit to park on campus during Orientation. Be sure to park in STUDENT PARKING spaces on the second level or higher. You may also park in any other Student or Visitor Parking spaces on campus.
Visit the Parking & Transportation website for additional information.
- Orientation Check-in
Check-in will take place beginning at 8:00am in the lobby of Waco Hall, located at 624 Speight. The Orientation Welcome Session will also be held in Waco Hall and will begin at 9:00am.
Lodging and Meals
You are encouraged to bring parents or guests with you to Orientation. Lodging is not provided for students or for guests attending Orientation. You will want to secure off-campus lodging for your overnight stay following Day 1. Depending on your travel plans, you might also want to consider local accommodations prior to Day 1, as Orientation Check-in will begin at 8:00am on the first day of your session. Orientation will conclude on Day 2 by 2:00pm. Waco offers a number of great hotels, as well as other short-term rental options. Visit the Waco Heart of Texas Lodging Guide to help you plan your stay.
- Meals During Orientation
Lunch is available at no cost for all Orientation attendees at the Penland Crossroads Residential Restaurant.
Baylor is pleased to host dinner on Day 1 for students, at no cost.