Become Part of the Family
We receive applications from some of the brightest students in America and across the world. We select those who match our strengths and values. Your study abroad in the USA experience at Baylor will be supportive, focused on excellence and provide you with an influential global network for your career.
What Makes Baylor University Special?
A top ranked institution, Baylor University is globally renowned for academic excellence. Our welcoming campus is home to a select community of high achievers. Together, we form a powerful school spirit, based on the Christian faith and shared values.
Study internationally at Baylor University and you will contribute to world-class research that will impress future employers. You will receive individual attention to help you excel in classes, and you will be part of a diverse community united by a strong sense of belonging as one of our Baylor Bears.
The International Study Center
The International Study Center (ISC) supports high-achieving international students who want to pursue a degree at Baylor University. Our Global Gateway Program prepares you for the challenges of a Baylor education and offers the opportunity to study abroad.
The Best Start
The ISC creates a supportive environment that helps you adjust to life in America and meet the high expectations at Baylor. With our help, you’ll rise to your full potential and make a smooth transition to your mainstream university studies.
The Right Preparation
Our experienced staff prepare ambitious international students like you for educational excellence at Baylor. You’ll develop the academic knowledge and English language skills you need to thrive, and you’ll experience the same teaching styles as mainstream university students.
International Study Center Facilities
Our classrooms are equipped with the latest learning technology. You will have all the resources you need to excel, such as quiet study areas, group workspaces, modern research facilities and a well-stocked library.
Part of the Community
You will be part of the Baylor community from the start. The ISC is located on campus, so it’s easy to meet other students from America and across the world. You’ll receive full support from the ISC staff and international community.
Be Among the Best
We receive applications from some of the brightest students in the USA and across the world and select those who match our strengths and values. We have an increasingly diverse student body, united by faith, values and a desire to achieve.
Baylor students receive individual attention and outstanding opportunities. You’ll study in small classes with a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Faculty communicate with you directly, and will encourage you to achieve more.
One of the Top Universities in the USA
Ranked 76th in the USA by U.S. News and World Report Baylor has an international reputation for educational excellence and top-tier research. You’ll be motivated by other talented students, and you’ll work with award-winning faculty on research projects that will enhance your CV.
What You Will Study
Baylor University offers a wide range of undergraduate degree options, with 142 majors to choose from. You will start earning credits for your undergraduate degree from your first day in the Global Gateway Program, and continue after completing your program and achieving the required grades.
Baylor students undertake internships with top U.S. organizations, such as:
At Baylor, students are challenged to think beyond the classroom by actively participating in domestic and global research, engaging in study abroad opportunities, and utilizing the resources of the university to lay the groundwork for a successful future.
Baylor is large enough to offer strong academic challenges and room to explore almost any career path. We offer 127 baccalaureate programs in fields as varied as business, engineering, nursing, pre-medicine, music and computer science, along with 78 master’s programs, 46 doctoral programs and two education specialist programs.
However, Baylor is intimate in scale and we keep the learning process personal. 93% of our classes are taught by Baylor faculty members, and the rest are taught by exceptionally well-prepared doctoral students. With an average class size of just 26 students and a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio, it’s easy to develop a strong working relationship with each of your instructors.
Your Pathway to a Degree at Baylor University
At the International Study Center, we offer pathways to a range of degrees at Baylor University. With programs for both undergraduate and graduate students, you’ll be able to gain an American degree no matter your interests and where you are in your academic journey.
Our programs are specifically designed for you to progress to the degree of your choice at Baylor. With us, you’ll gain the English language level, study skills, and subject knowledge to study a range of degrees. Our expert staff will also help you settle in to life in the U.S, so you can concentrate on getting the most out of your studies and achieving your goals.
Global Gateway Program
We offer routes for both undergraduate and graduate students. Choose your route and learn more about how to study with us.
Research at Baylor
Research at Baylor is all about making a difference. The University blends interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching. For students who want to push their learning further, Baylor offers opportunities to research alongside faculty and independently.
Talk to your professors in the field you’re interested in and find out how you can get involved. They can also advise you if you have your own project planned and you’re looking for funding or resources. With small classes as standard and a student to faculty ratio of 14:1, getting individual advice is easy.
Baylor Research and Innovation Collaborative (BRIC)
This state-of-art building is home to research laboratories, entrepreneurial ventures, major industry partners, workforce training facilities, an innovation-oriented business incubator/accelerator and an educational facilities design and assessment laboratory. BRIC provides al the facilities professors and students need to ensure the world-leading research can help move the world forward.
Recent Research Undertaken at Baylor
Baylor prepares you for excellence in your professional career. Starting with the International Year for undergraduate students or the Master’s International Year for graduate students, you’ll plan for your future with our structured employment service, CareerAhead, and continue throughout the rest of your studies.
When you graduate from Baylor, you’ll become part of the university’s elite global network which will take you far in your chosen field.
Your Personal Career Plan
Our CareerAhead service gives you a structured approach to plan for the future. You’ll create a personalized employment plan with your teachers that will help you explore your options and gain the skills and experience you need. You’ll also develop your resume so that you are ready to start applying for internships and jobs.
Core Employability Skills
We help you to develop core career skills such as planning, leadership, organization and communication. This lays the foundation for becoming a highly employable graduate by building your competence, capabilities and confidence.
Office of Student Employment
Baylor University is committed to giving students real-world experience before they graduate. The Office of Student Employment works with students to find campus jobs, community work and placements to help develop transferable skills for the workplace.
Our campus encourages students to engage in the Baylor community, invest in traditions, cultivate meaningful friendships, and explore their personal calling.
Safety and Security
Baylor University has its own police department on campus. This helps students, professors, and faculty stay safe and secure, whether they study, work, or live on campus.
Living on Campus
Live and study within 1,000 acres of green space and historic buildings, with culture and recreation on your doorstep.
A Place That Feels Like Home
All first-year students live in residence halls on campus for one academic year. Some Baylor faculty also live on campus, providing a high level of academic, spiritual and emotional support. Dining halls, classrooms, libraries and other facilities are located on-site.
39% of students live on campus.
The Baylor Libraries lead as an innovative research library that supports the mission of the university by undergirding scholarship, fostering teaching and learning, and building communities.
Baylor has several research libraries, institutes, and centers, and is also home to Library and Academic Technology Services.
Baylor provides software, services, and support for implementing digital signage for use across campus.
How to dispose of a Baylor-owned computer that is no longer supported by ITS or no longer needed by a department.
Search TechKnowledge for a solution to your problem or enter your own trouble ticket.
Description of Purchasing Process
The Installation group prepares new computers for use on campus.
Generate reports for the number of computers, printers and tablets in your department.
Ivanti (LANDESK) Information
The Ivanti (LANDESK) system is used to track and manage computer devices on the Baylor network. Visit this page for access to the Custom Data Form and Departmental Reports.
A list of recommendations for protecting your computer and data before you leave, and when you return to campus.
The Loaner Program was established to provide access to equipment needed by faculty and staff when traveling for university business purposes, working on special projects from home, or for other extenuating circumstances.
Information about software purchases and support.
The Technology Purchasing office facilitates the purchase of computers, printers, and other technology for departments as well as faculty, staff, and students.
Sign up for a seminar, check out self-paced materials, or watch short training videos.
You may enter a ticket 24 hours a day 7 days a week and a technician will get back to you during normal business hours to help you with your issue or concern. If you prefer you can leave a voicemail message for the Help Desk at any time by calling (254) 710-4357.
Wellness and Support Amenities
Our Friendly Campus
Baylor University campus is located in the small and friendly city of Waco, Texas. The campus is within walking distance from Waco’s shops, restaurants, leisure attractions and nature areas – these include the 114-acre Cameron Park, and the beautiful Brazos River. Students are active in the community, and they volunteer in local projects that make an impact.
Where is Waco?
Baylor’s campus is located in downtown Waco, where you will find interesting places to visit and fun things to do. Waco has welcoming Southern hospitality, vibrant culture, and a beautiful setting on the Brazos River. The big cities of Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and Houston are easy to reach by car.
Top Places to Visit in Waco
Baylor’s fantastic sports facilities include a riverside stadium, a golf facility, indoor tennis courts, and an equestrian center. The University’s 19 varsity sports teams are an important part of community life – they compete at the highest level (NCAA Division 1) and are cheered on by the rest of the Baylor Bears.
Being a part of the Baylor family is far more than going to classes and meeting academic requirements. You can take part in over 330 student organizations, including academic and professional clubs, traditional Greek sororities and fraternities, honor societies, musical groups, and religious and service organizations.
There’s so much to do at the Baylor Student Union, otherwise known as the Bill Daniel Student Center. Grab a snack, hold a meeting, or just hang out for Dr Pepper Hour on Tuesday afternoon at 3. The McLane Student Life Center is a great place to get some exercise or join an intramural team. Baylor Bears work hard – but we also know when it’s time to relax and have some fun.
Joining the Community
Our beautiful campus is at the heart of student life. All students are known as ‘Baylor Bears,’ and you’ll be part of this caring and active community from the day you arrive.
The Baylor Line
Every year, the freshmen students (first-years) are invited to run the length of the Baylor University football field before the first game of the season. It’s a rite of passage as a Bear, and a fun way to get the full American university experience.
Sic ‘Em Bears!
The hand signal you can share with any Baylor alumni is the “Sic ‘Em”. Raise your Bear claw into the air, and shake it while yelling “Heyyyy”. Then yell “Sic ’em!” as you swipe your Bear claw down and across. Bring your Bear claw back up into the air, and yell “Bears!”.
Baylor is known for its strong school spirit and traditions. These bring everyone together to celebrate the University’s heritage. Annual highlights include the Homecoming parade and the Day of the Bear festivities.
Active Student Life
There are more than 330 clubs and organizations to be part of at Baylor, from rock climbing, rowing and theatre, to academic clubs, faith groups, and sorority and fraternity life.
A Sense of Belonging
Our diverse community is united by a strong sense of belonging. Representing more than 90 different countries, we cheer each other on and we’re proud of our vibrant campus. All faiths are welcomed, and the whole Baylor family shares a strong sense of morals, purpose and belonging.
Baylor University enjoys high standing among many national rating services that evaluate quality of education, research activity, affordability, baccalaureate value, and athletic excellence. These rankings recognize not only Baylor as a whole, but also our many respected schools and departments, which are led by our gifted, award-winning professors. Their awards are too numerous to include.
U.S. News & World Report
U.S. News & World Report ranks Baylor No. 79 on their annual review of colleges and universities. Baylor is ranked among the top national universities. The magazine also lists Baylor University as No. 48 in the Best Colleges for Veterans ranking, and No. 75 among Best Value Schools among national universities.
Kiplinger: Best Values in Private Colleges
Kiplinger‘s 2018 list of Best Values in Private Colleges ranks Baylor as No. 61 in the nation. The rankings consider academic quality and affordability.
The Fiske Guide to Colleges, a best-selling resource for college-bound students and their parents, lists Baylor University a “Best Buy” for 2017. Baylor is one of only 47 public and private colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain to earn the designation.
American Bar Association (ABA) Pro Bono Publico Award
The Baylor Law School is one of only three law schools since 1984 to receive the prestigious American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award—presented each year to five separate individuals and/or organizations that have “demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.”
American Council of Trustees and Alumni: What Will They Learn
Baylor was one of only 23 universities nationwide to receive an “A” from the American Council of Trustees and Alumni in a 2015 report that gauges an institution’s commitment to general education: composition, literature, foreign language at the intermediate level, U.S. government or history, economics, mathematics, and natural or physical science.
Chronicle of Higher Education: Great Colleges to Work for 2018
For the seventh time, Baylor University has attained elite Honor Roll status as a “2018 Great College to Work For,” according to a new survey by The Chronicle of Higher Education, a top trade publication for colleges and universities. Baylor is included in the large university category with 10,000 or more students.
Athletics: The Director’s Cup
In the 2018-19 Learfield Director’s Cup standings, Baylor ranked No. 39 in the nation. Baylor placed fifth among Big 12 universities, indicating the strength of the overall athletics program at Baylor.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) recognized Baylor University as one of the top performing colleges and universities in the 2015 Sustainable Campus Index, as measured by the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS). The report also highlights best practices and sustainability innovations from more than 50 U.S., Canadian and Mexican institutions that have submitted a STARS report in the last 12 months. Baylor received Silver designation for its sustainability efforts and was named among the Rising STARS for demonstrating significant commitment to advancing sustainability.
Colleges of Distinction
Baylor is listed in the 2015-2016 Colleges of Distinction publication for its innovative, teaching-centered, undergraduate education and its strong record of preparing graduates for real-world success.
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