Baylor University: Home school admissions policy

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Part 2 of my College Connections Series takes us to bear country in the city of Waco, Texas. Home schoolers who aspire to become a Baylor Bear will be pleased to know that Baylor offers admissions advice helpful to the Texas home schooler. In other words, the folks at Baylor are  quick to let you know that you matter and they want to see you roar…or, um…growl, on their campus.

Baylor is a prestigious Christian university with Baptist roots. It is rated 7th in Texas and touts a 57.8% acceptance rate (2013). According to the university’s web site: “If you went to a private high school or are home-schooled, the admissions process is very much the same as it is for public high-school students with a few differences you should be aware of:

  • Baylor abides by the Code of Federal Regulations. According to Title IV guidelines, any degree-seeking student who graduates from either a private school or a home school that is not recognized by the state in which it is located must be 17 years of age before the first day of class.
  • If a student does not meet this age requirement, we require a GED Certificate prior to registration.
  • Every applicant must submit a transcript for admission consideration, which should include a list of all completed courses, grades received for each course, and other information pertinent to your educational background.
  • If you decide to enroll at Baylor, you will need to send a final high school transcript that includes your graduation date.
  • See a sample transcript

Baylor is a competitive learning and research environment. So, naturally, we must take into account the academic history and college entrance exam scores of each prospective student. The median SAT score range for accepted freshmen is 1140-1310 (math/critical reading), and the median ACT score range is 24 to 30. Seventy-five percent of the entering freshman class were in the top quartile of their graduating high school class.

Some colleges and schools have additional requirements for entrance into specific majors. Examples include the Engineering major within the School of Engineering and Computer Science or the Business Fellows major within the School of Business. To learn more about these additional requirements visit the Major-Specific Admission Requirements webpage.

That said, test scores and GPAs are only part of each student’s story. That’s why we also carefully review any recommendations, short answers, awards and activities that you share with us.

Overall, we are looking for students who:

  • want to be part of an academically rigorous community that values faith and your strengths and personal calling
  • are excited and motivated about intellectual activity
  •  have challenged themselves academically and embraced opportunities outside the classroom
  • recognize that life, learning and service go hand-in-hand beyond the four years of college.

We are also looking for those who can gain the most from a Baylor experience and those students with a demonstrated interest in becoming a Baylor Bear.

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