Preview weekend to include tours, campus life and concert 

March 5, 2010

PLAINVIEW – When high school students begin to narrow their selections of college options, they receive many pieces of mail. But nothing is as valuable to that final decision as a campus visit, says Debbie Stennett, director of admissions at Wayland Baptist University.

That’s why Wayland’s Big Weekend spring preview event is such a big part of the admissions calendar and why so many students love it.

Slated March 26-27, the two-day event offers students a chance to not only get all the pertinent information about the admissions and financial aid processes at Wayland but also an opportunity to do what a print piece really cannot accomplish: get a feel for the family atmosphere and culture at WBU.

“Seeing other students and hearing them witness about their experience here is so important. It’s kind of like riding a bicycle; until you’re actually in the seat, pedaling and talking to people who’ve done it, you just don’t know,” Stennett said. “It’s that connection with other students that makes it so real to them. Until they hear other kids say this is doable and fun, they just don’t know for sure.”

What that means is a jam-packed weekend that begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday with registration and sign-ups for scholarship auditions and portfolio reviews for music, theatre and art. Mock classes will be held in the morning, with various options available from math and history to justice administration, Spanish, music, economics and English. Information sessions follow for those interested in pre-health majors or the fitness and health training program, then the weekly chapel service moves to Friday to involve Big Weekend participants.

After lunch, students can visit the Laney Student Activities Center for “Laney Craze” with volleyball, the climbing wall, basketball, ping pong and snacks. The afternoon also features campus tours, a financial aid seminar, athletic tryouts, a cheer/dance workshop and a Pioneer baseball game against Oklahoma Baptist.

The evening features a rocking concert with Christian groups Barlow Girl, Stellar Kart and Vota in Harral Auditorium, followed by the late-night breakfast tradition with faculty and staff in the serving lines. Then late-night activities on campus follow.

Saturday kicks off with an information session and breakfast for parents, followed by a general Wayland information session and academic fair, where students can visit with professors from the various schools on campus. Lunch and another baseball game grace the early afternoon, with additional athletic tryouts, scholarship auditions and campus tours. A financial aid seminar will answer questions about the funding process, then the Baptist Student Ministries will host a praise service for participants. The School of Music’s annual President’s Scholarship Concert will wrap up the weekend in Harral Auditorium.

Cost for the weekend is $25 person, which includes meals and all activities plus housing in Wayland dormitories with current students for prospective students. Parents and other family members are welcome to attend at the same price, but housing will need to be booked in one of Plainview’s hotels. Special Big Weekend rates apply at most major hotels in the city.

Scholarships will be awarded in drawings at several sessions and meals during the weekend as well.

For information on the weekend, contact WBU Admissions at (806) 291-3500 or (800) 588-1928. To register, visit the WBU Web site at and click on the Big Weekend link in the middle to find online registration forms and the detailed schedule.