Baylor University is a private Christian university in Waco, Texas, that offers a variety of scholarship programs for prospective and current students. Whether you are a freshman, a transfer, or a graduate student, you may be eligible for some of these generous scholarships that can help you fund your education at Baylor. In this article, we will focus on the scholarship programs for incoming freshmen students who are applying for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The first and most common type of scholarship that Baylor offers is merit-based scholarships. These are scholarships that are based on your academic record and achievements, such as your GPA, test scores, class rank, and extracurricular activities. You do not need to submit a separate application for merit-based scholarships; you will automatically be considered for them when you apply for admission to Baylor. However, you must apply by November 1 to be eligible for the highest amount of merit-based scholarships.
The amount of merit-based scholarships that you can receive varies depending on your academic profile and the availability of funds. According to Baylor’s website1, the average merit-based scholarship for freshmen students in 2022-2023 was $23,000 per year. However, some students may receive more or less than this amount. Merit-based scholarships are renewable for up to four years, as long as you maintain satisfactory academic progress and a minimum GPA of 3.0.
In addition to merit-based scholarships, Baylor also offers a number of scholarship programs for high-achieving students. These are special programs that require a separate application or an invitation, and that provide additional benefits and opportunities for the participants. Scholarships range from $1,000 to full cost of attendance. Some of the scholarship programs that Baylor offers are:
- Invitation to Excellence: This is an invitation-only program for students who have a minimum SAT score of 1420 or a minimum ACT score of 32. Students who are invited to this program will attend a two-day event at Baylor, where they will interact with faculty, staff, and students, and learn more about the academic and student life at Baylor. They will also be eligible for a one-time $2,000 scholarship and a chance to apply for a full-tuition Faculty Scholarship.
- Distinguished Scholars Days: This is another invitation-only program for students who have a minimum SAT score of 1500 or a minimum ACT score of 34. Students who are invited to this program will attend a three-day event at Baylor, where they will participate in academic sessions, interviews, and social activities. They will also be eligible for a one-time $3,000 scholarship and a chance to compete for a full-tuition Regents’ Gold Scholarship.
- Baylor 2 Baylor Medical: This is a program for students who are interested in pursuing a career in medicine and who have a minimum SAT score of 1430 or a minimum ACT score of 32. Students who apply to this program will be considered for admission to both Baylor University and Baylor College of Medicine, and will receive a $2,000 scholarship per year for four years at Baylor University. They will also have access to mentoring, advising, and enrichment opportunities to prepare them for medical school.
- Baylor 2 Baylor Law: This is a program for students who are interested in pursuing a career in law and who have a minimum SAT score of 1430 or a minimum ACT score of 32. Students who apply to this program will be considered for admission to both Baylor University and Baylor Law School, and will receive a $2,000 scholarship per year for four years at Baylor University. They will also have access to mentoring, advising, and enrichment opportunities to prepare them for law school.
- Getterman Scholars: This is a program for students who are interested in pursuing a career in health sciences and who have a minimum SAT score of 1430 or a minimum ACT score of 32. Students who apply to this program will be considered for a full-tuition scholarship for four years at Baylor University, and will also have access to mentoring, advising, and enrichment opportunities to prepare them for graduate or professional school in health sciences.
How to Apply
To be considered for any of the scholarship programs, you must first apply for admission to Baylor by November 1. You can choose from four admission plans: Early Decision, Early Action, Regular Decision, or Single Choice Early Action. You can use either the Common Application or the ApplyTexas Application to apply. You must also submit your official high school transcript, your official test scores (unless you apply as test optional), and a letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor.
For the invitation-only programs, such as Invitation to Excellence and Distinguished Scholars Days, you do not need to submit a separate application. You will be automatically considered for an invitation based on your academic record and achievements. However, not all qualified students will receive an invitation, as these programs are very competitive and have limited space. If you are selected, you will receive an invitation in your goBAYLOR account, where you can register for the program.
For the application-specific programs, such as Baylor 2 Baylor Medical, Baylor 2 Baylor Law, and Getterman Scholars, you must submit a separate Scholarship Program application by November 1. You can access this application through your goBAYLOR account, where you can also check the status of your application and upload any required documents. You can apply to more than one program, but you can only participate in one program if you are selected.
Baylor University is a great place to pursue your academic and personal goals, and to receive a quality education in a Christian environment. If you are interested in applying to Baylor, you should also consider applying for the scholarship programs that match your interests and qualifications. These programs can provide you with significant financial aid, as well as unique opportunities to enhance your learning and development. To learn more about the scholarship programs and the application process, you can visit the Baylor website2 or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. We hope this article has been helpful and informative, and we wish you all the best in your college journey.