Wayland announces record enrollment for fall term

October 4, 2011 

PLAINVIEW –Wayland Baptist University is celebrating a record enrollment for the Fall 2011 term, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2007. Enrollment numbers show a 5.61 percent increase throughout the Wayland system with a total enrollment of 6,743 students. In Plainview, enrollment is up 21.31 percent to 1,725 students, 303 more than 2010. The on-campus head count (excluding virtual campus students) for Wayland is 1,285. The previous record was 1,142.

“This is extremely exciting and rewarding for the entire campus,” said Dr. Claude Lusk, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “It takes an entire campus to make something like this a reality.”

A portion of the growth can be attributed to the additional student athletes on campus preparing for the start of football next fall. Wayland reinstated football and a “leadership class” is currently working out and preparing for the upcoming season. However, the additional numbers reflect far more than the addition of a football team.

Wayland’s freshman class grew 49 percent from the previous year with 357 in class this fall. The number of transfer students also grew with 122 transfers on campus this year compared to 101 last fall, bringing the total number of new students to 479.

“This record enrollment can be attributed to the continued growth in the quality and value of what we offer,” Lusk said. “When you look at the educational opportunities at Wayland, the academic diversity, the international experiences, the mission opportunities and the affordability, it creates a value that is being recognized and growth is a result of that.”

WBU Plainview grew in both undergraduate and graduate students, showing an enrollment of 1,341 undergraduate students, up from 1,088 a year ago. Graduate enrollment increased to 384 students, 50 more than the fall of 2010.

External campus enrollment showed a modest increase of 1.22 percent system wide. WBU-Anchorage had the largest percentage increase, growing to 614 students, up from 558 a year ago. WBU-San Antonio remains the largest Wayland campus in terms of head count with 1,898 students, a 7.96 percent increase in enrollment. Campuses in Lubbock and Sierra Vista, Ariz., also show an increase in enrollment. Lubbock grew nearly 1 percent, reporting 686 students for the fall term. Sierra Vista is up 5.68 percent with 391 students.

Wayland’s virtual campus continues to grow, now with an enrollment of 2,787 students. This is a 15.74 percent increase from a year ago. Not all campuses grew, however, as several of external campus saw decreases in enrollment for various reasons. Many of the external campuses are housed on military basis and enrollment depends largely on deployment and military issues.

Wayland’s enrollment numbers by campus:

  • Anchorage, AK: 614 students
  • Fairbanks, AK: 138 students
  • Phoenix, Ariz.: 212 students
  • Sierra Vista, Ariz.: 391 students
  • Hawaii: 384 students
  • Albuquerque, N.M.: 124 students
  • Clovis, N.M.: 131 students
  • Altus, Okla.: 61 students
  • Amarillo: 106 students
  • Lubbock: 686 students
  • San Antonio: 1,898 students
  • Wichita Falls: 296 students
  • Plainview: 1,725 students
  • Virtual Campus: 2,787 (reflects duplicate head count of students taking classes on campus as well as online.)