Basketball playerWayland Baptist University began more than a century ago as the dream of pioneers who respected the life-altering value of education. In 1906 the Staked Plains Baptists Association received and acted upon a proposal to establish a school on 25 acres of land in Plainview. After a financial and land donation from Dr. and Mrs. James Henry Wayland, and additional money given by the citizens of Plainview, Wayland Baptist University was born.

Throughout its existence, Wayland has established a pioneering tradition few colleges or universities can match. Wayland was among the first institutions in the
country to:

In addition, Wayland is recognized for its traditional excellence in a number of areas and for a range of offerings. For example:

Music at Wayland - See School of Music

has achieved international acclaim. In 2006 the Wayland Band was the only U.S. college band invited to Russia for the Victory Day celebration of the end of WW II. And in 2003 the entire music department performed at Spanish Baptist missionary churches in Valencia and Madrid, Spain.


Athletics at Wayland

Wayland Athletics an annual source of pride and success at the national level. The intercollegiate athletics teams at Wayland Baptist have produced more than 800 All-Americans, 25 NAIA national basketball tournament appearances, countless conference championships, and more than 100 individual national champions.

The performing arts at Wayland Baptist - See School of Fine Arts

Performing arts come alive every year. The Christian University Theatre Festival brings together up to four Christian university theatre departments for three days of plays, passion, talent, and collaboration.