Welcome to Baylor University

Virtual Orientation

Orientation is a time to get to know Baylor even better and begin to discover your place in our community of commitment and care. This collection of content will help you learn more about life as a Baylor student and the academic areas through which you will pursue your degree. You’ll also hear more about ways you can get involved in organizations, activities and research that fits your personal and academic interests.

Explore the Virtual Orientation content by clicking on the session descriptors or using the virtual sessions drop-down menu below.

Virtual Orientation

Use the drop-down menu below to select the Orientation sessions by category. Then navigate through the sessions by watching the videos in the order that best meets your needs and interests.

Welcome Session
The opening session for Orientation 2021 provides you with an overview of your time at Baylor University.
The Baylor Community
This session addresses the values and goals of the Baylor community and the University's expectations for all students.
Advice Better Than TikTok
Current Baylor students share what the Baylor journey is really like. Several Baylor students will talk about their transition to Baylor and how they learned the ropes and found their place in our community.
Student Life at Baylor
Learn about the programs and services offered in Baylor Student Life as well as advice about your Baylor journey.
Message from the Provost
Dr. Nancy Brickhouse welcomes you to campus and shares insights and resources available to you.
Ministry Programs
This session explains Baylor's Ministry Guidance program, designed for students with an interest in vocational Christian ministry. Topics covered include ministry courses, scholarship opportunities, ministry placement, and advisement about academic preparation for ministry.
School of Arts and Sciences
Information for students interested in the natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, and intra-university programs.
School of Engineering
The School of Engineering & Computer Science (ECS) offers a rigorous academic experience with small class sizes, hands-on design projects, and interactive learning. Majors include Electrical & Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering, Computer Science, and Bioinformatics. ECS programs provide a holistic student experience and prepare graduates for career paths that include graduate studies, professional practice, and responsible leadership with a Christian worldview.
Robbins College
An overview for students interested in Communication Sciences & Disorders; Family & Consumer Sciences; Health, Human Performance and Recreation; and Public Health majors.
School of Education
Educators impact the future, and the School of Education utilizes an award-winning clinical model to prepare future educators. Our students are prepared through six specific and diverse semesters of hands-on field experience while immersed in content-specific coursework. Small class sizes allow for meaningful connections among students and faculty.
School of Business
The key dimensions of the educational experience at the Hankamer School of Business include rigorous classroom learning, hands-on real-world experience, a foundation of ethical values, and a global perspective. The school is nationally recognized for several programs, including entrepreneurship, accounting, and professional sales.
School of Nursing
The Louise Herrington School of Nursing pre-nursing courses combine liberal arts along with natural and behavioral science courses. Although most of our students complete these prerequisites on the Baylor campus, many come to the Dallas campus from other approved colleges and universities to complete their upper-division coursework.
School of Social Work
The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program provides quality preparation for entry-level generalist social work practitioners working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. Baylor social workers uniquely develop the ethical integration of faith and social work practice. Baylor BSW students are candidates for automatic admission into Baylor's Advanced Standing Master of Social Work (MSW) program and can earn their MSW in one year (immediately upon completion of their BSW degree).
PreLaw
Explore the aims of the Baylor Pre-Law program, the resources that are available to students within the program, and how students can begin to discern whether a legal career is right for them. The session will also discuss steps incoming students can take to maximize their chances of gaining admission to their law schools of choice, a process that starts in the first year.
PreHealth
Required session for students with prehealth career goals. This session includes Premedical, Predental, Prephysician Assistant, Prephysical Therapy, Preoptometry, Prepharmacy, Preveterinary, and Preoccupational Therapy students; does not include Prenursing.
Honors College
Whether you're already in the Honors College or are interested in learning more, this session is for you. Learn about the rich community and opportunities available through the Honors Program, Baylor Interdisciplinary Core, University Scholars major, and Great Texts major/minor. Required for UNSC and GTX majors and encouraged for all others!
Baylor Business Fellows
Learn about the Baylor Business Fellows program and an alternative path to your BBA degree.
Campus Services
Get answers to your questions about Baylor Dining, parking protocols, and the Baylor Bookstore. Additionally, this session will cover the process for purchasing/renting books, along with additional technology available at the Baylor Bookstore.
Digital Tools
Baylor Information Technology Services and the Baylor Libraries provide rich technology resources and support that empower your education. Luke Whiting and Andy Clark introduce you to these resources and highlight Baylor's IT security.
Career Success
Why should you start thinking about your career when you are just starting college? Because starting early is the best way to follow your calling! Whether you are planning on graduate school or a professional job, the Baylor University Career Center can help you get started on your path towards success.
Tour the Success Center
Take a tour of the Paul L. Foster Success Center. This resource is available to all students, and it is a "home away from home" for students who want to be academically successful. Learn about this important resource through this quick virtual tour.
Created to Connect
From involvement in Fraternity and Sorority Life to fundraising for Student Foundation, this session will introduce you to all the ways you can get involved as you attend, join, and lead during your time here. As you design your Baylor experience, our desire is to help you find community.
Baylor Bears Go Abroad
Learn how to enhance your Baylor experience by making the world your campus! Leaders will discuss study abroad programs offered, places you can go, and experiences you can have! For all majors and study plans.
The Baylor Family
The world is a tapestry of cultures, and so is Baylor University. Learn about the Department of Multicultural Affairs and some of the most fun events in the Baylor calendar each year!
Fitwell Programs
Much research has shown a positive correlation between physical activities and academic success! Join this fit & fun presentation and learn how you can stay active and healthy on campus with our FitWell programs and services.
Serving Our Neighbors (Missions)
At Baylor, "Love thy neighbor" are not just words... they are a way of life. Learn how you can grow, lead, and serve in Waco, TX, stateside and around the world.
Parent's Guide to the First Year
This is the ultimate guide to being the parent of a Baylor Bear. Presented by two Student Life leaders who are also parents of college students.
Parent Engagement
Learn about great parent resources and how to be a part of the Baylor Family by connecting through Baylor's Office of Parent Engagement.

Kick Start

Kickstart is a one-day experience for new first-year students and their families who did not attend an in-person Orientation or Baylor Line Camp. Students will join other incoming students and student-leaders for a day of activities as they make connections and learn about Baylor traditions. Parents and families will also enjoy a day that provides a variety of events to help them get to know Baylor’s hometown. Registration is required for both the student and parent and family programs.

Register for Kickstart