Wayland At a Glance

Wayland Baptist University was established in 1908 by pioneer physician Dr. James Henry Wayland, who believed that education should be accessible to all and that it should be grounded in faith in Christ. Wayland is the oldest institution of higher education in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas.

Wayland Students outside Gates HallAffiliation

Wayland Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Our Mission

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.


Wayland’s home campus in Plainview, Texas, a city of about 23,000, is located on the High Plains of West Texas between Lubbock and Amarillo.

Wayland also operates campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Altus, Okla.; Clovis and Albuquerque, N.M.; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Mililani, Hawaii. The university also offers a full degree programs online.

At A Glance Stats


Students in Plainview can participate in a number of student government organizations, honor societies, academic clubs, special interest and Christian service organizations, music and drama groups, and social fraternities and sororities.


5,000 Students

WBU's total enrollment system-wide is 5000 students. In Plainview, the only traditional college campus, the enrollment is around 1,300 students. San Antonio, the largest external campus that caters to working adults and military students, also boasts an enrollment around 1,300. The remaining external campuses have smaller enrollments.



Students per Class on Average


Student - Faculty Ratio on the Plainview Campus


Student - Faculty Ratio on our external campuses



Wayland competes in the NAIA Division I as a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference and the Central States Football League. Intercollegiate teams for men and women include cross country, track and field, soccer, basketball,  and diving, golf, cheer and dance, and Wayland is the first university in the state of Texas to compete in men’s and women’s wrestling. Wayland also competes in baseball, football, and women’s volleyball.

Intramural athletics also are available to students.

Cost and Financial Aid

Because of the contributions of so many who believe in Wayland and its unique approach to Christian education, the cost of attending Wayland is among the lowest of any fully accredited, private, senior university in the country.

Students also benefit from the aggressive approach of Wayland's financial aid office that has resulted in financial assistance for more than 95 percent of our full-time students. Through institutional, state, and federal programs, Wayland makes available both merit-based and need-based assistance. Numerous endowed scholarships are also available to those who qualify.


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.

  • Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • The university 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.
  • Wayland is also accredited by the Texas Education Agency for teacher certification and for veterans training, and the Texas Board of Nursing.