Wayland receives high marks in U.S. News & World Report rankings 

August 20, 2010

PLAINVIEW – In its annual Best Colleges rankings released Tuesday, U.S. News & World Report has included Wayland Baptist University in the first tier in its category.

Wayland was ranked 62nd in the list of 572 regional universities in the west, one of four geographic regions including universities who draw students mostly from surrounding states and offer up to the master’s degree. The rankings compare those 572 schools against each other only and not the national universities included in separate categories.

“We are pleased that we have moved up in the U.S. News rankings. It is always gratifying to know that your peers believe you are doing a good job of faith-based education,” said Dr. Paul Armes, WBU president. “The learning and spiritual experiences of Wayland students keep getting better and better because of the passion and commitment of our faculty, staff and administration. I am grateful for those who work at Wayland; they make our ministry possible.” The U.S. News rankings are based on a complex methodology that includes peer assessment scores from other universities, the freshman retention rate, the graduation rate, the number of freshmen in the top quartile of their high school graduating class and freshmen entrance exam scores, the number of classes under 20 persons, the student-teacher ratio, the percentage of full-time faculty and the university’s admissions selectivity.

The first tier includes the top 87 schools in the region by rank, with numbers 88-115 comprising the second tier. The west region includes Texas, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and all states to the west, including Alaska and Hawaii.

Wayland has long boasted an academically challenging program coupled with an acceptance rate that makes higher education accessible for many students, including some that may not be deemed “college material” at first glance based on test scores or high school performance. Wayland’s Academic Achievement program offers tutorial courses in reading, writing, math and study skills for those with some proficiency in those areas in order to prepare them for the more rigorous college-level coursework.

A growing Honors Program in which students take extra coursework and complete a research thesis before graduation is evidence of the rising interest at Wayland in academic rigor by many students and the desire to attend a university where they can study in that arena but in a smaller class setting. New majors and added master’s degrees are also testimony to academic interest.