Wayland's Big Weekend offers up-close preview for students

Release Date: March 6, 2009    

PLAINVIEW – Admissions recruiters at Wayland Baptist University know something more and more high school students are learning for themselves: You can’t truly know whether a college is the right choice until you’ve made a personal visit.

While that’s not always possible for every student, the majority of high school students do believe in the importance of a campus visit. To that end, Wayland continues its tradition of the spring preview event Big Weekend, slated March 27-28.

A tradition for many decades, Big Weekend offers high school juniors and seniors and prospective transfer students the opportunity to really experience life at Wayland – at least for a few days. The weekend begins Friday morning with registration at 8:30 and sign-ups for scholarship auditions in the fine arts and music. From there, students can sit in on an actual college class before heading to the weekly chapel service, moved to Friday for the special weekend.

Following lunch, the ACT residual test is offered, followed by an afternoon of games and activities in the Laney Activities Center. The afternoon also offers a chance to sit in on music recital hour, an honors thesis presentation in science, campus tours, and a cheerleading workshop required for those wishing to tryout. The Pioneer Baseball team will be in action Friday afternoon for a doubleheader at Wilder Field.

Friday night features a concert by The Afters, opened by Nevertheless, which is free to Big Weekend participants. The late night breakfast follows, along with late-night activities guaranteed to introduce the crazier side of college life.

Saturday includes breakfast and an information session for parents, who are welcome to attend the weekend with their student, followed by the academic fair and information about various activities and organizations on campus. The afternoon includes a spring volleyball tournament, opportunities to visit the admissions and financial aid offices, another Pioneer Baseball game, campus tours, and a financial aid seminar. Following dinner, the Baptist Student Ministries will host a praise service.

In addition to the slated activities, students may also audition for music, theatre and art scholarships or tryout for cheerleading, basketball, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and volleyball. Special information sessions are also scheduled for those with interest in becoming fitness and  health trainers, interest in pre-health majors or pre-engineering majors.

A big part of college life is dorm life, and Big Weekend participants will be able to share a room with current students in the WBU residence halls during their stay. Parents or other family members are welcome to participate but will need to arrange for lodging off campus at a local hotel facility. Special rates are available for Big Weekend families on the WBU Web site at www.wbu.edu.

The weekend is $25 for students, which covers lodging on campus and meals as well as all activities including the concert. Parents are invited to attend for $15 per person, which covers their meals and activities except the concert.

Registration can be done online at www.wbu.edu or by calling the WBU Admissions office at (806) 291-3500 or toll free at 1-800-588-1928. A detailed weekend schedule is also available online.