The Middle College program, located at the Texas Bioscience Institute (TBI) on the Baylor Scott & White West Campus in Temple, provides aspiring high school students the opportunity to earn up to 60 college credit hours in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) –focused, foundational curriculum.

The goal of the Middle College program is to create young scientists. Taking rigorous college level courses, participating in seminars focused on a range of STEM research projects, and participating in scientific laboratories engaged in cutting edge research are all a part of this academic focus and the Institute experience.

TBI students enjoy the following benefits:

  • Accessible, affordable higher education with guidance and support from trained Temple College staff
  • Opportunity to graduate with an Associate of Arts degree from Temple College with college credits that will transfer to many universities
  • Participation in special seminars and practicum experiences in STEM-related fields, with an emphasis on experiential learning
  TBI Outreach Presentation

The TBI Student Handbook is currently under review.

Admissions Criteria

Students interested in attending the TBI Middle College program are required to meet certain admissions requirements. Admissions to the TBI program is competitive, so minimum qualifications does not guarantee acceptance to the program.

  1. Students are required to be entering juniors.
  2. Students must have taken Pre-AP Algebra II, Biology I, and Chemistry I before entrance into the TBI. These three classes must be completed with an 80 or higher average.
  3. Students must pass a college readiness exam: TSIA, PSAT, SAT, ACT, etc

WRITING – Essay of 5 OR Essay of 4 and 363 multiple choice

Scores less than 5 yrs old

Algebra II – 4000

English III Reading – 2000

English III Writing – 2000

Scores less than 5 yrs old

Composite – 23


English – 19

Mathematics – 19

Scores less than 5 yrs old

Combined Reading/Math score – 1070


Reading (Verbal) – 500

Mathematics – 500

Valid for 11th grade Dual Credit only

Combined Reading/Math score – 107


Reading (Verbal) – 50

Mathematics – 50

TBI Check List

Students must submit the following forms to apply:

  1. TBI Application
  2. Temple College Application
  3. Dual Credit Registration Sheet
  4. 3 Teacher Evaluations (One math, one science, and one general)
  5. Appropriate test scores
  6. Bacterial Meningitis Vaccination (must be current within 5 years)
  7. High School transcript

If students meet the above minimum requirements, they are eligible to submit an admissions packet. Admissions packets can be provided by a high school counselor, and students must submit the forms referenced in the TBI Check List above.

Experiential Learning

In addition to college credit, TBI encourages students to participate in experiential learning opportunities. Students in the program are required to complete a minimum of 16 hours of job shadowing and 16 hours of community service. Additional opportunities include:

This is a month-long, math-intensive program that provides a curriculum and instructional methodology to helps students master as much mathematics beyond Algebra II as possible. Independent work with whole class, small group, and individual instruction based on diagnostic testing will concentrate focus on the areas that students have not yet mastered in Algebra II and above.

Students selected for this experience become an active, working member of an established STEM researcher’s group. They devote full-time to an assigned research project for a 10-week period and receive a stipend during their participation.

Throughout the academic year, practicing professionals representing all STEM fields present seminars to and provide interactive sessions with the students at the TBI.

Student Experiences

Student Preparatory Orientation Training Sessions (SPOTS) Camp is a mandatory orientation for new students to the TBI, usually scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.

TBI White Coat

White Coat Ceremony is the ceremonial induction for new students into the TBI. It is usually scheduled 1-2 weeks prior to the start of class.

The Ambassador Program is an opportunity for current TBI students to earn training in public speaking, community service hours, and experience for their resume. Ambassadors assist with the recruitment of TBI participants and honestly represent the attributes of the TBI. Ambassadors are asked to share their experience as a Middle College TBI student and participate in a variety of recruitment events including high school visits, campus tours, SPOTS Camp/White Coat Ceremony, Silver Cording Ceremony, Open House, TC Graduation, and other recruitment activities.

The Silver Cording Ceremony is the ceremonial award of the Silver Cord marking successful completion of the TBI Middle College program.