So your student is a Baker Wildcat…

First of all, congratulations! We are so happy to welcome you and your family into our own. Here is a page designed to make your time as a Wildcat family as easy as possible. Keep up to date on the happenings on campus, send your student a personalized birthday cake when you can’t be around, and learn all there is to know about Baker University.


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Services & Resources

Lodging and Accommodations

If you’re visiting Baldwin City and looking for a place to stay, we can help.

Here are a few nearby options:

The Lodge

502 Ames
Baldwin City, KS 66006

Three Sisters Inn

1035 Ames
Baldwin City, KS 66006

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lawrence

3411 SW Iowa St.
Lawrence, KS 66046
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Lawrence

Days Inn Lawrence

2309 Iowa Street
Lawrence, KS 66047
Fax: 785.843.1572

Econo Lodge University

2222 W. Sixth St.
Lawrence, KS 66049
Fax: 785.842.9668
Econo Lodge University

Comfort Inn & Suites Lawrence

151 McDonald Drive
Lawrence, KS, 66044
Fax: 785.840.0757
Comfort Inn & Suites Lawrence

The Eldridge

701 Massachusetts
Lawrence, KS 66044
Fax: 785.749.4512

The Oread

1200 Oread Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66044

Econo Lodge Ottawa

2331 S. Cedar
Ottawa, KS 66067
Fax: 785.242.1796
Econo Lodge Ottawa

Comfort Inn Ottawa

2335 Oak Street
Ottawa, KS, 66067
Fax: 785.242.7146
Comfort Inn Ottawa

More can be found at Hotels-Rates.com.

Directions to Campus

Baldwin City

pdfCampus Map

Find Baldwin City (Yahoo Maps)

From Kansas City
Take I-35 south to the Gardner exit (Exit 210). Follow US-56 to Baldwin City (about 15 miles).

From Wichita

Take I-35 to the US highway 59 N exit (exit 188) toward Lawrence. Merge onto  highway 59 N, and proceed north to the junction of 59 and highway 56 (about 10 miles). Go east on 56 to Baldwin City (about 5 miles).

From Lawrence

Take highway 59 south to the junction of highways 59 and 56 (about 10 miles). Go east on 56 to Baldwin City (about 5 miles).

How to Mail a Package

University Address

Baker University
618 Eighth Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City, KS 66006

Address for Students

Baker University
Student Name
618 Eighth Street
PO Box 65
Baldwin City KS 66006


Going to college means your student is entering a new world of fun and responsibility. It will be an adventure, that’s for sure, and there will be a learning curve to it. But just because your student is away from home — maybe for the first time ever — it doesn’t mean that they won’t still need helpful hints from their parents.

Making the Transition

Choosing to attend college is a big decision, one that some students do not always make for themselves. For many, attending college is just the next logical step because they were already expected to attend. For others the decision is more life changing, especially if they are the first in their family to attend college or have had to sacrifice greatly to get here. A third group of students are not the traditional freshman or even of college age because they went a different direction after high school and are now making the choice to complete their degrees.

No matter the category students identify as theirs, the transitions ahead cannot be overlooked. They play a huge role in their future successes.

Supporting Your Student Through Typical Transition Issues

Transitions are not limited to the first few weeks of attending a university. Additional transitions appear throughout the typical academic year for both new freshman and transfer students who may have been living at home while attending their previous institution.

Milestones Throughout the Year


Overall excitement, homesickness, initial roommate worries, abuse of freedom, multiple calls or visits home


First sets of tests, maybe a few roommate challenges


Midterm exams, personal decision making regarding schoolwork, friends and fitting in, consequences of study habits


Fall illnesses, tests and papers due, apprehension and excitement about going home for Thanksgiving, enrollment for next semester, economic anxiety as funds begin to dwindle


Continued mixed feelings about going home for campus break, final exams and papers due, extracurricular time strain with seasonal parties, concerts, social service projects


New semester, decisions regarding fall semester performance and figuring out what adjustments need to be made


Possible distress about Valentine’s Day, possible recurrence of homesickness, relief to be back at school, desire for winter to end, decisions about living situation for next year


Spring break, making choices for next school year, deciding to keep current majors or consider new ones, midterm exams and grades, summer employment or internship stress


Return of spring weather, quickly approaching end of semester, registration for next semester courses, questioning whether they’re in the right place or heading in the right direction


Final exams, last-minute summer planning, choosing to stay or go home, distress about leaving friends, feeling overwhelmed that the first year at BU is over

Differences Between High School and College

For most students the idea of college being much different from high school does not sink in until they have been on a college campus for a while and experienced the differences for themselves. What may seem like obvious differences to you may take a while for your student to realize. For example:

High School


  • Attendance required.
  • Teachers remind about homework and tests.
  • Studying is light—an hour a night.
  • Students’ lives are filled with activities.
  • Teachers provide grade and deadline reminders.
  • The class expectations are discussed in detail.
  • The school is open and staffed during set times.
  • Mastery is seen as the ability to reproduce what was taught.
  • Parents can access any information the school has about you.
  • Few professors require attendance.
  • Instructors expect more independent work.
  • Studying is key—two hours for every hour in class.
  • Involvement opportunities can be overwhelming.
  • Students keep up with their own grades.
  • The course syllabus is a contractual agreement.
  • Instructors post specific office hours.
  • Mastery is seen as the ability to apply what was learned to new situations and solve new problems.
  • Parents must have your permission to obtain information from the University.

Differences Between Community College & Comprehensive University

Differences Between Community College
& Comprehensive University

The transitions of a transfer student depend on the previous environment. Most transfer students’ transition to BU from a semester to two years at a community college. For many, the time spent at the community college has been more like an extension of high school than a true university experience. Usually these students have been living at home to save money and have had the full support of their family and many high school friends.

If this situation fits your student, his or her transition to BU will most likely be similar to that of an incoming freshman, minus the basic concerns about attending a college course.

Community College

Comprehensive University

  • Living close to family and friends provides built-in support.
  • Attendance may have been required.
  • Courses were at the lower division level (freshman & sophomore), requiring basic writing and memorization.
  • Material may have been presented on a need-to-know basis with few requirements for out-of-class analysis.
  • Time management is less complicated.
  • May be farther from home and existing support network.
  • Upper-division courses require more complex analysis, longer writing assignments and deeper level of understanding.
  • Coursework builds on foundation classes from the lower division; higher level of knowledge is expected.
  • Students are expected to do more work on their own, outside of class.
  • More opportunities for campus involvement and activities; closer attention to time management needed.
Advice for Common Concerns

Personal Issues

Areas of Concern

Your daughter lives in a double suite and calls to say that her roommate is driving her crazy with late-night phone calls, friends over all the time, messy habits, and lack of respect for her things. She thought being in the NLC would bring more quiet time than this and now she wants a private room. She wants you to talk to Residence Life and make the request.

Things to Consider

Has your student ever shared a room before? Did she and her roommate talk about basic expectations and “rules of the room” before school began? Does the roommate know her habits are bothering your daughter? Have they enlisted the help of their resident assistant?

One of the most interesting nonacademic sides of the college transition comes in the form of another student in your student’s living space. Some students fail to realize academics are only part of the college equation. The bigger part is taking responsibility and learning to face new challenges. It is important that roommates communicate to make sure that issues cannot be solved before drastic measures are taken. This is the time to encourage your daughter to talk to her RA for guidance.

Please encourage your student to seek assistance. The student, rather than a parent, should initiate requests for assistance.

Who Can Help

Your student’s resident assistant or area coordinator

Student/Professor Issues

Areas of Concern

Your daughter makes a D on the first test and says she can pull it up with the other grades. In a later conversation you learn that your daughter isn’t really keeping up with her daily assignments and thinks the professor is unfair because he calls on her in class and states it’s clear she needs to keep up with homework better. She says she is working on it and will do better on the next test.

Things to Consider

Does your daughter have a history of good study habits? Does she understand that study requirements are different for a four-year university than for community college or high school?

Does she know she can talk to the professor if she is falling behind, really trying, and needs help? Is she afraid to talk to her professor? You can help her with a few conversation starters for an initial meeting with her professor.

It is helpful to talk about time management and study needs before your student begins classes. Encourage class attendance every day, even if the professor does not take roll. Prepare your student for the hard work ahead and remind her that college is a serious commitment to the future. It requires her full attention.

Who Can Help

Discouragement Issues

Area of Concern

The first time your son comes home, he seems a little withdrawn. You’re surprised because every conversation while he’s been at school has been okay. You chalk it up to getting a handle on his new life. On Sunday, before he heads back, he looks upset and finally tells you that he hasn’t felt well, his classes are difficult and he just isn’t sure a university is for him. He’s unhappy with his choice of major, lack of friends and college in general.

Things to Consider

What kind of expectations did your student have about college? Was this more difficult than he expected? Did he know why he was attending? Does he have an idea what he wants to do following college or does he see the need for college in his future plans? Is his health okay? If he has ever seen a counselor for related issues, this might be a good time to revisit that relationship in the college setting. Sometimes having a third party to talk with is just what a student needs to get a more objective approach to a given situation. Baker’s counseling staff is skilled at recognizing transitional issues and helping students address them at the appropriate levels, often using campus resources.

Not only is your son making the transition to college, but he is also making the transition to responsible adulthood. The pressure grows to know what he wants. Make sure he knows you’re available to talk and assist and that you understand this is a big step for anyone. Also encourage him to seek help from his academic advisor or other campus resources.

Who Can Help

Money Issues

Area of Concern

Your son calls and asks if you can send more money because he has charged to the limit on his credit card, and his meal plan is maxed out. It’s not even fall break yet and you can’t understand why he is out of money.

Things to Consider

What kind of expectations have you put on spending? Is his meal plan heavy enough? Does he realize how much he is really spending? Has he ever had a charge card? Is he letting others eat on his charge?

Before your student arrives at school, determine who pays for various expenses. Dinners out? Clothing? What is the budget your student is expected to follow and how does he monitor his spending for the fun things?

Who Can Help

Financial Aid Office 785.594.4595

Campus Safety

Baker is dedicated to campus safety. There are safety officers on campus at all times.

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