Students at Wayland

About Wayland Baptist University

Dreaming big for more than a century.

Wayland began in 1908 as the dream of pioneers who respected the life-altering value of education. Now the oldest university in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas, Wayland Baptist reaffirms that commitment every day through a distinctive combination of offerings.


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.


Main campus in Plainview, a community of 25,000 on the high plains of West Texas between Lubbock and Amarillo.


More than 1,000 students on the main campus in Plainview, TX, plus 5,800 students on campuses in Amarillo, Lubbock, San Antonio, and Wichita Falls, Texas; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska: Sierra Vista and Phoenix, Arizona; Mililani, Hawaii; Albuquerque and Clovis, New Mexico; Altus, Oklahoma; and Kenya, Africa.

Student/Faculty Ratio

15:1 on the main campus in Plainview; 17:1 on the other campuses.

Average Class Size

16 students


Student government, honor societies, academic clubs, special interest and Christian service organizations, music and drama groups, and social fraternities and sororities.


Intercollegiate teams (NAIA Division I) for men and women in basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field, cross country, coed cheerleading, men's baseball, men's golf, women's soccer, and women's volleyball. Extensive intramural programs for men and women also are available.

Financial Aid

Because of the contributions of so many who believe in Wayland and its unique approach to Christian education, the cost of an education at Wayland is among the lowest of any fully accredited, private, senior university in the country. Still, the aggressive approach of Wayland's financial aid office has resulted in financial assistance for over 95 percent of our full-time students. Through institutional, state, and federal programs, Wayland makes available both merit-based and need-based assistance.


Wayland Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Wayland Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees and certificates at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call (404) 679-4500 in order to (1) learn about the accreditation status of the institution, (2) file a third-party comment at the time of the institution’s decennial review, or (3) file a complaint against the institution for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement. Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s office. The university is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The university’s baccalaureate nursing program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Contact ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call (404) 975-5000. The university is also accredited by the Texas Education Agency for teacher certification and for veterans training, and the Texas Board of Nursing.

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