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.

Important Items to Complete Before Attending Orientation

Download the Getting Ready for June Orientation Checklist to help you keep track of these important items.

Register for an Orientation session

The Orientation reservation form will open on Wednesday, April 1. All sessions that have space for your particular academic major or program area will show as available within the form, and you can select the session that best fits with your schedule. You can also use the form to change your Orientation session if you need to for any reason.

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.

Secure lodging accommodations

Be sure to make hotel arrangements for yourself and your guests, as overnight housing is not provided at Orientation. Visit the Waco hotel guide to help you plan your stay.

Submit your 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 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 prior to attending June Orientation. 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 you attend Orientation. That will help you and your advisor build the class schedule that will be right for you.

Please submit your official high school transcript as soon as you can. It should be sent directly from the school or submitted in an envelope sealed by the school. You may even bring this to your Orientation session to have it expedited. An Admissions Counselor will be in Foster Business, Room 141 with Financial Aid to collect official final high school transcripts and official test scores.

Learn more about transferring credits to Baylor on the Undergraduate Admissions website.

Explore academic resources and degree plans

During your advising conversation at Orientation, 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.

Experiencing Orientation

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, 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.

Vehicle License Plate Number

If you plan to register for a parking permit for the academic year, it will be best to have your license plate number for registration steps on Day 2 of Orientation.

BMV Documentation and Prior Academic Credits

Although it is best to submit BMV and academic credit information beforehand, you can bring those to Orientation if need be. BMV information can be turned in at the Information Desk at Check-in, and transcripts or other academic credit documentation should be taken to the Admissions Office at Robinson Tower.

Photo ID Card

You will need a photo ID card of some kind in order to have your Baylor student ID card made, as well as for certain language Placement Exams.

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.

Late Check-in

If your arrival will be delayed past 10:00am, visit the Orientation Information Central station in the lobby of the Paul L. Foster Campus for Business & Innovation, located at 1621 S.3rd Street.

Lodging and Meals

Lodging is not provided for students or for guests during Orientation. Waco offers a number of great hotels, as well as other short-term rental options. You will want to secure 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.

Meals During Orientation

Baylor is pleased to host concurrent dinner programs on Day 1 for entering students as well as for family members and other guests, at no cost. Students will enjoy a dinner program at McLane Stadium, while family members and other guests will enjoy a dinner program at the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Tickets for lunch on Day 1 at the Penland Crossroads Residential Restaurant may be purchased at several places throughout the morning, as well as at the restaurant door. A number of on-campus locations are available for lunch on Day 2, including Penland Crossroads and retail offerings in the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Orientation Schedule

The full schedule of activities will be available electronically prior to your Orientation session, and you will also receive a printed version when you check in. The schedule--along with many other great resources--will be available through the Baylor University mobile app as well.

In the meantime, we encourage you to familiarize yourself with this condensed Schedule of Activities.

Day 1 Overview

Day 1 activities begin with Check-in at 8:00am and conclude by 8:30pm, following students' return by bus from a dinner program at McLane Stadium. The day provides opportunity to connect within your school or college, attend interest sessions on a wide variety of topics, interact with faculty and staff representing departments from across campus, and get to know other new Bears and family members.

Day 2 Overview

Most students will have their academic advising appointment and register for fall classes on Day 2. You will find out your assigned advising time when you receive your materials at Check-in on Day 1. Following your advising appointment, you will complete additional registration steps like selecting a meal plan, considering parking options, receiving your preliminary invoice for the fall, and more. You will also get your student ID card, choose from a range of interest sessions, have opportunities for a campus tour and viewing model residence hall rooms, and more.

Day 2 activities will conclude by 5:00pm at the latest, although most students complete Orientation activities by about 3:30pm.

New Student Programs

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

(254) 710-7240