Wayland Baptist University

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1900 W. Seventh Street

Plainview, TX 79072

Phone: (806) 291-1000
2013-2014 Tuition
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RNP Ranked Not Published.
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Regional Universities (West)

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Wayland Baptist University is a private institution that was founded in 1908. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,385, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 80 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Wayland Baptist University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (West), Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $15,430 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Wayland has both an academic and a service mission. Its academic mission is to prepare in a Christian environment broadly educated individuals who can move productively into a variety of professions or into further academic pursuits. Academic programs are designed to include a combination of educational breadth and specific career or discipline preparation. The Wayland experience is guided by a dedicated, well-qualified, accessible faculty who value teaching and learning, who exhibit both reverence and enthusiasm for that truth which has its ultimate source in God, and who endeavor to relate the higher education experience to the human condition.

General Information

School type private
Year founded 1908
Religious affiliation Southern Baptist Convention
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $77,125,470


When applying to Wayland Baptist University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Wayland Baptist University is $35. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 96.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 96.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Wayland Baptist University is 11:1, and the school has 80.1 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Wayland Baptist University include: Business Administration and Management, General; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other; Christian Studies; Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching; and Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 56.3 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 22%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 29%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 16%
Christian Studies 10%
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 7%
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 7%

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Student Life

Wayland Baptist University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,385, with a gender distribution of 54.9 percent male students and 45.1 percent female students. At this school, 53 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 47 percent of students live off campus. Wayland Baptist University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,824
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Wayland Baptist University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. Wayland Baptist University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Wayland Baptist University, 57 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Wayland Baptist University.

Students who have cars on campus 57%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Wayland Baptist University, 77 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,176.

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Tuition and fees $15,430 (2013-14)
Room and board $5,698 (2013-14)
Financial aid statistics
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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