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Wayland Baptist University

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Established in 1908, Wayland Baptist University is located in Plainview, TX and is the oldest university in continuous existence on the high plains of Texas. The school offers pre-professional programs, bachelor’s degrees and graduate degrees in addition to community education classes. The college takes its role as a pillar of leadership in the community very seriously and has many community service activity programs in existence.

The college also offers an active social life. There are Greek organizations, student government, interest-based clubs and organizations, and academic clubs in addition to an extremely successful athletics organization. Students may also opt to take advantage of the many cultural and social activities that downtown Plainview has to offer.

Other attributes of the school include an extensive study abroad program, a leadership program and classes designed to encourage community participation. There are always unique research programs underway as well. Wayland Baptist University offers the perfect blend of excellent academics and an exciting social life.


Wayland Baptist University offers a liberal-arts-based curriculum with an impressive array of academic options. Students may choose from more than a dozen pre-professional programs, more than 40 undergradate majors and almost 10 graduate programs. The pre-professional programs are unique in that they address a wide range of career options including pre-law, pre-athletic trainer, pre-seminary and pre-veterinary medicine. These programs differ in length depending upon the goal of the program. Many are designed to prepare students for advanced graduate or doctorate degrees that will take many years to achieve.

There are also several interesting programs at WBU that provide even more academic opportunities to students. These programs allow the student to form close bonds with peers and faculty while promoting quality education through innovative methods.

Study Abroad Program

The study abroad program is designed so that students may earn credits while studying in different countries, effectively learning in a global environment in order to better prepare them for their chosen careers. Wayland Baptist University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and thus participates in the bestsemester.com program. This offers students the opportunity to learn in places including the Middle East, England, Russia, Australia and Uganda.

Honors Program

The honors program is designed for academically-advanced students and offers the opportunity to study in a challenging environment while participating in lectures, research projects and seminars. Students in this program have access to scholarships, reduced tuition and receive honors designation on their degrees upon graduation.

Leadership Program

The Leadeship Program is designed to promote ethical growth and leadership in Wayland Baptist University students. The university does this by facilitating opportunities for students to utilize and develop leadership skills via different service experiences, both on campus and in the community. The program serves as a resource for and facilitator of community outreach programs and strives to integrate integrity, leadership skills and ethics into all of their activities.

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Just like everything else at Wayland Baptist University, admissions is an individualized process targeted at each entering student. Staff are readily available to help out with questions and provide assistance throughout the admissions process. The university has an open enrollment policy and students that meet the minimum requirements will be admitted. There are different admissions requirements that are dependent upon what type of student is applying.

In order to keep the entire campus healthy, all students must submit a completed medical form and proof of vaccination prior to attending class. Only the meningitis vaccination is required (except for international students, who are also required to take the TB test) but standard childhood immunizations are recommended.

Freshmen Applicants

Freshmen students that have never attended college before will apply as first-year, credit-seeking students and will need to submit the application and required fee along with official ACT or SAT scores. Wayland Baptist does not use the writing section of the SAT for admissions purposes. Finally, a high school transcript from an accredited high school showing minimum college-preparatory classes must be supplied.

Transfer Students

Transfer students also need to submit the application and fee but do not need to submit high school transcripts or ACT/SAT scores unless they have completed less than 24 transferable credit hours at an accredited institution. Those students that have completed 24 or more credit hours will need to submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.

Students that have previously attended WBU and wish to resume study at the college must apply for readmission. There is no application fee but students will need to submit transcripts from all institutions attended since leaving Wayland.

High School Applicants

High school students that would like to get a head start on college will need to submit all of the documents required for first-year students and will also need to submit a concurrent enrollment agreement signed by the student, principal or counselor, Wayland’s Vice President for Academic Services, and the Registrar. Students must have completed two-thirds of the credits required for graduation from high school before they may concurrently enroll at WBU.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Finally, transient students or students wishing to enroll in self-improvement courses either for personal or professional enrichment must simply submit the application. Both must enroll as non-degree seeking students and this status must be declared each semester. Students who wish to attend classes without obtaining credit (auditing) simply need to submit the application along with a course audit form. Instructor approval is required and approval will not be finalized until the first day of classes because audits are granted on a space-available basis. Tuition is significantly lower for audits and students should be aware that there are no refunds if the class is dropped.

Financial Aid

Wayland Baptist University offers many different financial aid options including scholarships, grants, federally-subsidized loans and work-study programs. Students wishing to apply for financial aid must begin the process by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online starting in January.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4200th for the average student loan amount.
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Wayland Baptist University has an extremely successful athletic organization that includes men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field and wrestling. Men have the additional options of football and baseball and there is also co-ed cheer and dance. All of the teams except for the women’s basketball team are nicknamed the Pioneers. The ladies basketball team is known as the Flying Queens and have had an amazing success rate. The Flying Queens have broken many records and their number of wins is unsurpassed. The university’s colors are blue and gold.


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Ranks 69th in Texas and 1694th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.07
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 6 0.09

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 46 0.20
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 9 0.04
Robbery 11 0.05
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 196 0.86
Larceny 691 3.05
Vehicle theft 26 0.11

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Plainview, TX 79072
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population28,684 (25,673 urban / 3,011 rural)
Households9,205 (2.86 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,463
Families6,960 (3.34 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationHigher part-time four-year
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationSouthern Baptist
Congressional District4819

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1680th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $11,520 $11,520 $11,520
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,030 $1,030 $1,030
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $480 $480 $480
FT Graduate Tuition $8,190 $8,190 $8,190
FT Graduate Required Fees $970 $970 $970
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $455 $455 $455
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,410 $23,410 $23,410
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $27,790 $27,790 $27,790
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $19,200 $19,200 $19,200

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $11,320 $11,900 $11,320 $11,900 $11,320 $11,900
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,300(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $4,867 $5,277
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,444 $3,547
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,000 $9,270
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,444 $3,547
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,444 $3,547

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$35
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 581 (365 male / 216 female)
Admitted 573 (360 male / 213 female)
Admission rate 99%
First-time Enrollment 348 (234 male / 114 female)
FT Enrollment 315 (218 male / 97 female)
PT Enrollment 33 (16 male / 17 female)
Total Enrollment6,222

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Football Conference Independent Southwest Region
NAIA Basketball Conference Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Sooner Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Sooner Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

996th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 64%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 14 / 22
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 17 / 23

SAT Test Admission

1088th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 43%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 400 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 410 / 530
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 810 / 1040

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity846
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$1,900
Board Fee$3,798

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 28 428 468 43 24 1,148 103 2,308
American Government and Politics (United States)
Art/Art Studies, General 1 1
Biological and Physical Sciences 3 3
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 1 1 2
Business Administration and Management, General 17 151 179 18 8 413 32 841
Business Teacher Education
Chemistry, General 1 1
Christian Studies 2 10 12 3 1 31 4 64
Counseling Psychology 12 10 2 45 2 75
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 26 32 1 1 63 7 133
Curriculum and Instruction 5 8 19 1 33
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 3 6 6 4 21
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 8 7 2 39 2 58
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement 1 5 1 7
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 4 15 45 2 68
English Language and Literature, General 4 5
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 4 5
General Studies
Geology/Earth Science, General
Graphic Design 1 1 2
History, General 2 7 9
Human Services, General 1 27 31 5 41 2 114
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 1 145 122 12 4 278 33 617
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 3 1 6
Mathematics, General 1 5 6
Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology 1 1
Molecular Biology 2 4 6
Music Performance, General 1 1
Music Teacher Education 2 1 3 1 7
Music, General 5 5
Nursing Education
Parks, Recreation and Leisure Facilities Management, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 10 11
Pre-Law Studies
Psychology, General 2 1 4 7
Public Administration 10 8 1 1 36 1 57
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 18 14 5 1 36 6 84
Religious Education 3 3
Religious/Sacred Music 2 2
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1 2
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 8 21 2 35
Social Studies Teacher Education 1 1
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, Other 3 1 8 2 14
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Trade and Industrial Teacher Education

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 3232nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $52,116 ($51,322 male / $46,905 female)
Number of FT Faculty 165 (104 male / 61 female)
Number of PT Faculty 560
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $3,438,112

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