High School Students Get a Jumpstart on Baylor

March 1, 2023

As a high school student, preparing for college is no easy feat. Thankfully, Accelerate, Baylor University’s pre-college program, allows high school students to get a jumpstart on college courses and prepare for college-level rigor. 

“I fully recommend every high school student take summer classes if you want to understand the pace of Baylor classes and what’s expected of you,” Liz, a high school participant, said. “This program has really set me up for success, especially as I hope to attend Baylor as a college student in the future.”

High School Students Get a Jumpstart on Baylor

Admission to the Accelerate program is competitive: rising high school juniors and rising high school seniors are expected to demonstrate an exemplary academic record with excellent GPAs of mostly As and Bs in courses.

High school students interested in attending Baylor may earn college credit while in high school and conditional acceptance to the University. 

These students are given the option of two tracks. The first track occurs the summer prior to their senior year: students need to complete nine credit hours over the summer while achieving a cumulative 3.0 GPA. The second track begins the fall of their junior year: students must complete three credit hours the fall of their junior year, three credit hours the spring of their junior year and six credit hours during the summer prior to senior year while maintaining a cumulative 3.0 GPA. 

Upon completion of either track, students will be considered to have met the academic requirements for admission. After completing their Baylor application, these students will jump to the front of the line for application review and may receive their acceptance notification by early October.

“Accelerate gave me a jumpstart on my college experience, gave me credit hours for a discount financially and gave me a taste of Baylor University,” Allie, another high school participant, said. “I was worried I wouldn’t be able to make the time for [it], but if you just take the jump, I promise the experience is well worth it — I feel more confident, prepared and equipped for college because of it.”

 Learn more at baylor.edu/accelerate.