Now that you're enrolled...
Starting college is a huge step, so first, congratulations on this new beginning! You’re a Pioneer now, and that means you’re a part of the Wayland Family. It also means that a completely new (and awesome!) experience will be starting soon, so here are some things that will help you make the absolute most out of your time at WBU.
It is normal to experience a little homesickness when you arrive, but don't worry. You will connect with your fellow students in ways that you can't imagine. Stretch yourself a little and be proactive in building those relationships. Take part in Koinonia. Join the fun in Student Activities. Find groups of students who share your interest and get to know them. Those relationships will be the key in feeling at home, and some will last a lifetime.
Experience of a Lifetime
Through Wayland's study abroad programs and mission trips hosted by the Wayland Mission Center, Baptist Student Ministries and other groups on campus, you will have opportunities to go new places, see things you have never seen before, and experience things you never thought possible. Nothing after college is exactly like college, so take advantage of these opportunities while you're here!
Let’s have a candid moment. Like life in general, college is not all fun and friends – it can be tough sometimes. One of our recent graduates told us she experienced some of those tough times herself. She felt out of place and didn’t fit in with those around her for a while. But did you catch the part about her being a graduate? That same student also finished her degree and developed friendships that were so meaningful that when she got married, nearly all of her wedding party were friends she made at Wayland. Persistence is the key; and it will pay off.
The “Wayland Experience” means something a little different to everyone. Here’s a few of those. What will yours be?
You Are Not Alone
A big part of what makes Wayland special is that while you’re here, you’re not just a face in the crowd. You’re someone we value, someone we want to know, and someone we can’t wait to watch grow into the person God has planned. And that goes beyond just words. The faculty and staff are here for you – whatever you need. So if you ever do need something (from a listening ear to a shoulder to cry on to a toothbrush), find a faculty or staff member. We’re here to help.
We understand that COVID has complicated, well, everything. We want you to know that we take your well-being seriously and we are preparing for life on campus. Our cleaning staff is disinfecting daily, following CDC guidelines and using approved cleaners. We also have measures put in place to help keep you safe, including having a full-time registered nurse on staff. We’re being vigilant, and we want you to be too. Together, we’ll get through this.
Groups and Organizations
A great way to make the most of your college experience is to be part of an organization. Here are a few opportunities to connect with other students who share similar interests.
Enactus: Business entrepreneurs are encouraged to join this group and develop business and promotional plans that affect our community. Enactus is open to all students, regardless of your chosen field of study.
Wayland Singers: If you like choir, but have other career interests, you can still perform in this vocal group.
International Choir: Wayland’s premier vocal performance group, you must audition to be part of the IC. The group performs all over West Texas and has been known to travel overseas on occasion.
Wayland Band: The more the merrier. Band offers students the opportunity to perform on campus, around the region, and they occasionally make an international tour.
President’s Ambassadors: The premier student group, you need to be recommended by a faculty or staff member, then complete an interview process to fill vacant positions. President’s Ambassadors represent the university at numerous functions involving the Board of Trustees, donors, alumni and more.
Gamer’s Guild: Wanna have some fun? This group gets together to simply play games.
Catholic Student Association: An active group, the CSA meets regularly and participates in activities that make a difference around campus and in our community.
Baptist Student Ministries: BSM holds weekly meetings, sponsors meals for international students, conducts local mission projects and travels on mission trips throughout the year.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes: Athletes gather to meet, study and share the love of Christ.
Student Government Association: These students make recommendations to the university administration and provide valuable input in the decision making process.
Student Activities and Events
At Wayland, you can be as busy as you want to be. There is always something going on in Student Activities. Here is a list of some of the regularly scheduled annual events.
|Koinonia||New Student Mixer|
|Back to School Bingo||Back to School Bingo|
|Coffee Lounge w/organizations||MLB Tournament|
|Ultimate Hang Out||Swing into Spring|
|Kickball Tournament||January Move in the Marsh|
|Spoons Tournament||Super Bowl Party|
|Video Game night||2K Tournament|
|Movie in the Marsh||Mr. Wayland|
|Just Dance Tournament||Volleyball Tournament|
|Madden Tournament||Humans vs. Zombies|
|Boo Bash||Basketball Tournament|
|Karaoke||March Movie in the Marsh|
|Miss Wayland||Trivia Night|
|Ping Pong Tournament||Pool Tournament|
|Study Break (OCC Party)||April Move in the Marsh|
|Study Break (BSM Christmas Party)||Study Break 1|
|Study Break (Breakfast)||Study Break 2|
Academics is, of course, the backbone of any university. Here you will find plenty of opportunities to go beyond the classroom to enrich your education.
Have you ever thought about learning Spanish in Costa Rica? You have that opportunity, along with others to learn while immersing yourself in a new culture.
Wayland has led medical mission trips to Honduras and other areas where students put their knowledge and skills to work, helping others.
Things like research days give students the opportunity to share their research findings with others.
Did we mention student research? Whether in science, the humanities or any discipline on campus, you can develop your own research project and conduct research on areas of interest to you.
If you are looking for a challenge, the Honors Program goes the extra mile in preparing you for further academic pursuits such as graduate school.
Be part of something bigger as you join nationally recognized honors societies.
- Alpha Chi: National honor society open to the top 10% of juniors and seniors
- Alpha Mu Gamma: Foreign language honor society
- Alpha Psi Omega: The largest national honor society in America it recognizes and encourages participation in theatre.
- Kappa Delta Pi: National honor society for outstanding students in education
- Lambda Pi Eta: Honor society for students in communication
- Phi Alpha Theta: Recognizes scholastic excellence in history
- Psi Chi: National honor society in Psychology
- Sigma Beta Delta: Highest national recognition for a business student
- Sigma Tau Delta: International English Honor Society
- Theta Alpha Kappa: Recognizing academic excellence in Religious Studies and Theology
The deans of our academic schools are here to help you. Here is a little more information about each of them
Attendance to all Wayland athletics events is free to WBU students. We compete in the NAIA in 18 men’s and women’s sports. Our sports are perennial national title contenders. Our women’s basketball team is an official member of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. In short, we have great athletics.
Founded in 1908, Wayland has a unique and storied history that includes voluntary integration and offering scholarships and athletic opportunities to women far before Title IX. We have many things to be proud of and we continue to push forward.
Women’s basketball is a huge part of our history. The Flying Queens got their name in the 1940s when a local business, Harvest Queen Mill, started sponsoring the team. A local businessmen, owner of Hutcherson Flying Services, took over the sponsorship, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Wayland has a number of traditions that we hope you will take part in.
Is orientation for new students. It’s a chance to familiarize yourself with campus and your new friends and family. Be sure you have registered to attend.Register
Is a time to get to know your fellow students. Take part in a week full of campus activities. Find out more from Student Activities.
The Miss Wayland scholarship pageant is a time for students to share their school pride and compete for scholarships while earning the right to be the university’s student representative. It’s a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun for the students involved, many of whom develop close, lasting friendships.Watch Miss Wayland 2019
Here’s a fun, satirical look at life on campus as students do their best to entertain the crowd while earning the right to wear the Mr. Wayland crown.
Kicks off the school year as faculty dress in full regalia and file into Harral Auditorium for chapel. Wayland President Dr. Bobby Hall then challenges faculty, staff and students with a specific focus for the year.
Torch and Mantle
Takes place before graduation. A graduating senior chooses a faculty or staff mentor who has helped guide them through their time at Wayland and an underclassman to whom they pass on their legacy. It is a ceremony that carries a great deal of meaning for those involved.