GRADUATE INTERNATIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Admission to Wayland and your subsequent journey to our campus is a multi-step, often lengthy process.  But don't despair - don't be afraid - we're here to help you each step of the way!  The most critical tools to your success are these - prayer, persistence, and constant communication with the Wayland Admissions staff.

 Speaking of communication, it's best to communicate with us through email. 

Here is our contact information:

Debbie Stennett

Director of Admissions, DSO

stennettd@wbu.edu

Office of Admissions

Wayland Baptist University

1900 W. 7th

CMB 1294

Plainview, TX  79072

Admission To Wayland           

Admission to Wayland may be considered only after the following documents                             are submitted:

  • Application to Wayland
  • Application Fee
  • Immigration Information Form
  • TOEFL Scores
  • School Transcripts and Evaluations
  • Financial Support Documentation

Please see more information below about these Admissions requirements.

Application for Admission to Wayland

Apply here.      

You will be applying as a Graduate Student.

The only Wayland campuses currently certified to host international students are

Plainview, Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Anchorage, and Hawaii. The Plainview campus is the only traditional campus with athletics, residence halls, a wide array of degrees, and student activities.   The other campuses are generally populated by nontraditional students. Please choose one of these campuses in the application. Students are required to enroll full time and the external campuses have different "full time" requirements than Plainview campus has.

Application Fee

The graduate application fee is $50.   It will not be waived.

You may pay your application fee by any of the methods below.

  • Visa or Mastercard
  • International Money Order (in U.S. dollars)
  • Cashier's Check (in U.S. dollars)
  • U.S. Postal Money Order

Immigration Information Form

This form provides valuable information for us as we prepare your Admissions file and ultimately, your visa authorization. Click Immigration Information Form to print and complete the form.  You may email the completed form to us.

TOEFL Scores

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit TOEFL scores.

TOEFL is the Test of English as a Foreign Language.  Scores must be sent directly to Wayland from the test agency, ETS. Wayland's institutional code is 6930.   Please see the TOEFL score requirements listed below.

  • Paper-Based Exam          500
  • Computer-Based Exam   173
  • Internet-Based Exam          61

Click TOEFL for more information about the test.

Students who have had one full year of instruction, conducted in English, in the U.S. may be eligible to have this requirement waived.

School Transcripts and Evaluations

All international college transcripts will have to be sent to an evaluation agency which, in turn, will send Wayland the official transcript and its evaluation. This is a decision made by Admissions officials as they learn about your school's instruction and accreditation. You will be informed about this requirement through communications with the Admissions staff.

You will be responsible for paying for your own transcript evaluations.

Please use one of the following evaluation agencies:

College transcripts will require a course-by-course evaluation.

Financial Support Form and Bank Statement

You must certify to Wayland and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service that you have sufficient funds available to cover the costs of study and living abroad for at least the first full academic year.    The financial support form will be sent to you through email once you have applied.  It will provide an itemized list of the costs of attending Wayland for one full academic year.   The form must be completed and sent back to Wayland through email or regular mail service. In addition, you must submit a certified bank statement as verification of the funds in a recognized banking institution. If you will have another person sponsoring you then a sponsor form will need to be included as well.  The bank statement and sponsor form should accompany the financial support form when it is sent to Wayland.

Scholarship Contract

Some applicants will qualify for athletic scholarships as they are recruited by Wayland athletic staff. The scholarship forms should be signed by the applicant and returned via email to Wayland or through email or the regular mail service.

 

After Acceptance to Wayland

After you are accepted to Wayland, you will receive a packet of information from the Wayland Admissions Office.    The packet contains, among other things, the acceptance letter and the Form I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant (F-1) Student Status.  At this time, you must pay the SEVIS fee and make an appointment with the U.S. consulate in your country for a visa interview.  The packet will contain information about paying the fee which must be completed before the consular appointment can be made.   

Hopefully, your prayer and persistence have paid off and your interview ended with your being granted a student (F-1) visa!  Now it's time for you and your family to rejoice and time to proceed with the following steps:

  • Make travel arrangements
  • Secure your Wayland housing
  • Submit your medical records
  • Secure health insurance coverage - See Health Insurance below
  • Register with the NAIA (only if you're being recruited for an athletic team)

Travel Arrangements

You should plan to fly in to Preston Smith International Airport in Lubbock, Texas for Plainview and Lubbock students, or the closest airport for other external campuses, no sooner than 2-3 days before the beginning of the school term. You could face having to go back home from the port of entry if you arrive in the country too soon. Please avoid scheduling arrival after the beginning of the term. Travel from the airport will be provided by Wayland.  Just  make sure we get a copy of your travel itinerary as soon as it is completed.

Wayland Housing

Please apply for Wayland Housing. (Plainview only) You must pay $100 housing deposit.

That can currently be submitted through one of the following methods:

  • Visa or Mastercard - call our Business Office at 1-800-588-1928
  • International Money Order (in U.S. dollars)
  • Cashier's Check (in U.S. dollars)
  • U.S. Postal Money Order

Medical Records

All accepted applicants to the university must complete a medical history form complete with proof of the immunizations noted below.   The document must be signed and dated by a nurse or physician in the health facility. 

  • Medical History Form (now a 'Vital Health Record' through Magnus Health)
  • Meningitis Verification (click for more details on this requirement)
    Please make sure your documentation meets one of the following criteria:
    • A document bearing the signature or stamp of the physician or his/her designee or public health personnel
    • An official immunization record from a state or local health authority
    • An official immunization record received from school officials
      (All must include the month, day and year the vaccination was administered)
  • An adult Diphtheria/ Tetanus (DT) booster in the last 10 years
  • An MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) booster since 1980.  Students born before 1957 are not required to have an MMR.
  • A negative Tuberculosis (TB) test result or negative chest x-ray in the last three years
  • An initial Bacterial Meningitis vaccination dose or booster during the five-year period preceding and at least 10 days prior to the first day of classes.  This is necessary to be able to live in university housing and to attend classes. Failure to provide such proof can result in a student's being sent back home at his/her own expense.

 

Health Insurance

All international students must be covered by health insurance. You are required to purchase the Wayland student health insurance through Consolidated Health Plans unless you have received a waiver showing you have comparable health insurance that meets the Affordable Care Act requirements.  This is not negotiable. Wayland’s Mandatory Insurance Requirements.

Students are automatically enrolled in Wayland’s insurance and their accounts billed unless you obtain an approved waiver prior to the start of the semester. Sometimes athletic scholarships cover the cost of the insurance, but not always.

If you do not want to be billed for this health insurance, you MUST receive an approved waiver. Do not buy insurance on your own prior to receiving the approval. You may end up with paying for two insurance policies! Please click here to learn more, or contact
Laurie Hall, the Coordinator of Health Services, for more information about this policy.

 

 

NAIA

If you are being recruited by a Wayland coach, you must register through the NAIA.

 

Graduate Enrollment

All F-1 students are required to attend full-time.

External campus graduate students must enroll in 6 hours per external term. Our external terms are fall, winter, spring, and summer. You will be required to attend 3 continuous terms before you will be able to skip a term.  Coursework must include at least 1 face-to-face class (3 hours) every term.   

Plainview graduate students (with the exception of business majors who work on the external schedule) are required to take a minimum of 3 classes (9 hours) face-to-face every Fall and Spring Semester. Non face-to-face classes may be taken only after this face-to-face requirement is met. Breaks are taken during the summer.

These are non-negotiable terms.    Failure to comply with them will threaten your F-1 status, enrollment in our university, and legal presence in the country.