• Premiere welcomes thousands of future Bears to campus for open house

    Students in Hurd Welcome Center's ballroom for Baylor Premiere

    The demand for a Baylor education has never been higher. We saw that last fall, when the university received more than 56,000 applications for Fall 2024 — and we saw it again Saturday, when almost 3,500 prospective students and family members were on campus for Premiere.

    For years, Premiere has served as a “must-do” event for those considering Baylor for college. High school students (and their families) spend all day on campus learning from BU faculty and staff about academic areas of interest, student life at Baylor, the admissions and financial aid process, and more. During COVID, the event went online, but high demand for that in-person experience led to its return on campus this spring.

    “Baylor Premiere has been a hallmark event for more than 20 years, and we are so excited to bring it back to our award-winning campus,” says Ross VanDyke (BA ’03), associate vice president of enrollment management recruiting, marketing, and innovation. “In the college search process, we know that nothing beats physically stepping foot on our beautiful campus, meeting with faculty and students face-to-face, and experiencing the welcoming community that sets our Baylor Family apart.”


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    Premiere’s offerings included events in various academic buildings, open houses in sample residence halls, and other happenings spread all across campus. But at the heart of it all for the first time was Baylor’s spectacular new “front door” to campus, the Mark and Paula Hurd Welcome Center. The Hurd welcomed future Bears for a variety of events throughout the day, from check-in to large-group gatherings (plus stops at Varsity Coffee & Soda and the Spirit Shop).

    For some of this weekend’s visitors, Saturday was their first time on the Baylor campus — and their next might be either Baylor Line Camp this summer, or Move2BU this fall just before school starts.

    Sic ’em, Future Bears!