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Christian Life Profile

With Internet and online degrees, community classrooms, and college campuses popping up all around, higher education is more accessible than ever before. 

But those who are serious about pursuing a quality education must answer many questions to determine what is best for them. 

Is private education right for me?
Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused, and distinctively Christian environment for professional success and service to God and humankind. We cater to students who seek a well-rounded education and are interested in experiencing more than just textbook and classroom learning. Wayland students have opportunities to participate in mission trips, study trips, and organizations that present and perform throughout the United States and abroad.

What can I study?
Wayland offers more than 50 areas of study, including associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees. We also offer pre-professional programs preparing students for careers in ministry, law, engineering, technical, and medical fields.

What about student life?
At Wayland, students can be as active as they want to be. We offer a variety of performance groups and many student organizations such as the student government association, sororities, fraternities, honor societies, and spirit groups that enrich the Wayland experience. WBU also has an active Baptist Student Ministries organization that participates in service and mission opportunities throughout the year and hosts a weekly on-campus worship service for students.

Will I get lost in the crowd?
Wayland prides itself on being a close-knit family. With roughly 1,300 students enrolled on our home campus in Plainview, it is easy for students to stand out in the crowd. Wayland is a university focused on your learning, meaning the faculty members, 80% of whom have attained the highest possible degree in their field, are in the classroom. With a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, our small class sizes allow professors to give personal attention to each student.

Is it affordable?
Wayland is among the most affordable private institutions in the nation and is comparable to the state-funded schools in our region. More than 90% of our students receive financial aid from numerous endowed scholarships and other programs. For the quality of faculty and attention provided, Wayland remains a great value in education.

Can I make a difference?
Wayland emphasizes growing the whole student––socially, spiritually, and physically as well as academically. We offer service opportunities with organizations like Habitat for Humanity, Hale County Literacy Council, and others, as well as the annual Degree of Difference Day service effort for employees and students.

Through the Wayland Mission Center, opportunities abound for mission trips to various locations, many overseas, providing students with hands-on ministry and service experience amid other cultures. Other international travel opportunities are available for study and cultural enrichment through Wayland and other partnerships.

Are things happening?
Wayland is growing. With the recent addition of football and men’s and women’s wrestling, the campus is alive with activity. Also, a new 350-bed men’s dorm opened to accommodate the growth.

A campaign is underway to raise funds for a new religion building that will house a chapel and the Mission Center, as well as fun updates to the music and fine arts areas on campus.

All these changes mean new academic opportunities for students at Wayland.

“Wayland has become so much more than a place to earn a degree. Here I have learned valuable skills that are necessary for a successful career, met lifelong friends, and most of all, I have gained a second family! This institution has also given me steadfast strength to live my life in relentless pursuance of Christ both in my personal and professional lives. As a graduating senior, I feel well prepared and ready to take on the world knowing the love and support that is behind me.”
Jenna Swift, B.A. ’13
Aledo, Texas
General Music Major
President of Student Foundations 

“Wayland Baptist University has created a wonderful college experience in many different ways. Throughout the last few years, Wayland has helped form and mold me into the person I am today, and I am grateful for the opportunities that have been provided. Wayland is my home, my family, and part of my life. I have been truly blessed by the Wayland Family.”
-Caitlin Walker, B.B.A. ’13
 Lubbock, Texas
 Business Administration Major
 President’s Ambassador




Founded: 1906 by the Staked Plains Baptist Association; chartered in 1908; Wayland is the oldest institution of higher learning on the High Plains of West Texas.

Location: WBU is located in Plainview, a community of 25,000 in the Texas Panhandle. Plainview is 45 miles north of Lubbock and 75 miles south of Amarillo.

The Wayland System: 14 campuses in six states and Kenya, Africa

Student Body: Approximately 1,300 on the Plainview campus; more than 6,200 total

Faculty: 86 faculty; more than 80% of full-time faculty have received the highest degree in their field.

Academics: 16 degrees (from associate to master’s level), 50 areas of study, and 15 pre-professional programs

Sports: NAIA Division I; men’s varsity and JV baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, and wrestling; women’s varsity and JV basketball, golf, cross-country, soccer, swimming & diving, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling

Accreditation: Wayland Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, and master’s levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Wayland Baptist University.

Want to know more?
Contact Wayland’s Office of Admissions at 800-588-1928 or 806-291-3500, or visit our website at www.wbu.edu.

Academics A-Z

• Accounting
• Applied Science
• Art
• Biological Sciences
• Business Administration
• Business Education
• Career & Technology Education
• Chemistry
• Christian Leadership
• Christian Ministry
• Church Music
• Coaching
• Communication
• Economics/Finance
• Elementary Education
• English
• English/Language Arts
• Environmental Science
• Exercise & Sport Science
• Fitness Management
• Geology
• German
• Graphic Design
• Healthcare Administration
• History
• Human Services
• Interdisciplinary Education
• Interdisciplinary Studies
• International  Management
• Justice Administration
• Language Arts
• Life Science
• Management Information Systems
• Management/Marketing
• Mathematics
• Media Specialist
• Ministry & Missions
• Molecular Biology
• Music
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Psychology
• Recreation & Camp Management
• Religion
• Religious Education
• Secondary Education
• Social Studies Composite
• Sociology
• Spanish
• Technology Applications
• Theatre

Pre-professional Programs:
• Athletic Training
• Christian Counseling
• Dental
• Engineering
• Law
• Medical
• Medical  Technology
• Nursing
• Occupational Therapy
• Optometry
• Pharmacy
• Physical Therapy
• Physician Assistant
• Seminary
• Veterinary Medicine