ADMISSION FAQS


As an individual who seeks information to make important career and professional development decisions, you can find answers here to the most frequently asked questions about our school.

 

What is Wayland Baptist University?

Answer: Wayland Baptist University (WBU) is a four year academic university. It was established in Plainview, Texas, in l908 as a private liberal arts school. Today it is a private, church-related co-educational University that serves both a traditional and non-traditional student population. The University has extension campuses in Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and Alaska. Wayland Baptist University - Lubbock was Wayland's first external campus established in 1973. Wayland was working in Lubbock through the Law Enforcement Education Program, a program that lost its funding in the late 1970's. Wayland remained in Lubbock with offices housed at Reese Air Force base, the courthouse, and the Wayland Plaza at 2002 W. Loop 289 and 19th Street. In December of 2006, Lubbock moved into its new campus at 801 N. Quaker. This is located on Quaker just off the west side of Loop 289.

Is Wayland Baptist University an accredited school?

Answer: Yes. WBU is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033-4097: Telephone (404) 679-4501, to award Associate and Bachelor degrees. All professors possess an earned Masters degree or greater from a regionally accredited post-secondary institute.

What degrees does WBU offer and what majors are available in these degrees?

Answer: Wayland extension campuses offer two-degree types: an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree and a Bachelor of Applied Science(BAS). The AAS is a two-year degree; the BAS is a four-year undergraduate degree. Click on AAS or BAS for more information.

What is a BAS degree?

Answer:The Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is an inverted degree program which allows individuals to apply a vocational/technical field (i.e., courses, training, or work experience) as credit toward an applied associate's degree and, in turn, to apply the associate's degree toward a B.A.S. degree. Students in this degree program desire to enhance their knowledge, analytical abilities and critical thinking skills for upward mobility in their field. The B.A.S. exists to provide a seamless transition from technical fields to an appropriate baccalaureate program while enhancing the liberal arts component of the student's education.


What is a degree completion program?

Answer: A degree completion program enables non-traditional students the opportunity to complete their degree while remaining in their present jobs. All college classes are offered in the evenings, weekends, or at noontime. In addition, the degree completion program is specifically tailored to take maximum advantage of an individual's previous academic and work achievements. The credits earned from previous colleges and work training, and work experience documents are compiled for a student and applied to a student's specific degree plan. Sources of credit may also include military training, credits from technical and business schools, junior college course work, College Level Examination Placement (CLEP), Defense Academic Non-Traditional Education System (DANTES), ACT/PEP examinations, and other sources.

What is Wayland's religious affiliation?

Answer: WBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. The mission of the University is to provide liberal arts education within a Christian context. Wayland is not a Bible college. All students are welcome to attend, regardless of religious affiliation.


Who is a typical Lubbock Campus external degree-seeking student?

Answer: The typical Lubbock Campus student is a full-time working professional in his/her mid-thirties. This typical student has completed approximately 30 semester hours of college courses and is seeking a BAS degree.

 

How can I receive an unofficial academic evaluation of my previous college course work, work training, and work experience?

Answer: At the Lubbock Campus located at 801 North Quaker in Lubbock, an academic advisor will conduct a NO-COST unofficial academic evaluation. This unofficial evaluation helps the student determine the most appropriate degree. To assist the advisor, the student should bring to the evaluation copies of college transcripts, work-related training certificates, work performance evaluations, and credit-through-examination programs. An interested individual may come in, or call ahead for an appointment for a free-evaluation.