Early Decision and Early Action allow students to receive an admission decision earlier than their peers who apply Regular Admission. Once accepted, students can pay the enrollment deposit and complete the Housing Application.
For more information, see the Key Documents Chart.
Early Decision is a binding agreement for students who will commit to Baylor, if accepted. This is a decision plan for those that have Baylor as their first choice for college. With this agreement, the student, a parent and a high school counselor must sign a contract stating that the student will deposit and enroll at Baylor upon acceptance. Those applying Early Decision may still apply to other institutions with a non-binding application. However, if accepted to Baylor under the Early Decision plan, they must withdraw all other schools' applications. Applicants are encouraged to submit recommended items as well, which include recommendation letters, a résumé, and a self-reported academic record (SRAR).
Students applying Early Decision 1 must complete their online application for Baylor as well as send in a high school transcript, test scores, essay and a short answer response by November 1. They will receive a decision back no later than December 15 and have a deposit deadline of February 15.
Students applying Early Decision 2 must submit all their application materials by February 1. They will receive a decision back no later than March 1 and have a deposit deadline of April 1.
Questions? Check out our Early Decision FAQs or contact your Admissions Counselor for further details.
The Early Action deadline is designed for students who want to complete the admissions process early in their senior year. Applying Early Action does not restrict a student from applying to other schools or for scholarships and financial aid. Early Action applicants must complete their application and submit required materials by November 1. They will receive an admission decision by January 15 and, if accepted, have until May 1 to make their final decision.
Regular Admission is our latest and final application deadline. This is designed for students who would like a non-binding decision and do not complete their application by the Early Decision 1 or Early Action plans under the November 1 deadline. With this decision plan, students must complete their application and submit required materials by February 1, and they will receive a decision by April 10. They have until May 1 to make their final decision.