Wayland At a Glance

Wayland Baptist University was established in 1908 by pioneer physician Dr. James Henry Wayland, who believed that education should be accessible to all and that it should be grounded in faith in Christ. Wayland is the oldest institution of higher education in continuous existence on the High Plains of Texas.


We Are Wayland



Wayland Baptist University is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.

Our Mission

Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused and distinctively Christian environment for professional success and service to God and humankind.


Wayland's home campus in Plainview, Texas, a city of about 23,000, is located on the High Plains of West Texas between Lubbock and Amarillo.

Wayland also operates campuses in Lubbock, Amarillo, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix and Sierra Vista, Ariz.; Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska; and Mililani, Hawaii. The university also offers a full degree programs online.


WBU At A Glance

Academic Excellence

Fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Wayland is committed to offering academically challenging programs that prepare students for careers and lifelong learning.

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1,100 Students

Wayland has approximately 1,100 students enrolled on its Plainview campus with nearly 4,000 total including its extension campuses. The Plainview campus is a traditional, residential campus located on 80 acres. WBU's extension campuses cater to working adults, offering classes in the evenings and on weekends.

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are in graduate school or employed one year after graduation


Student - Faculty Ratio

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Wayland competes in the NAIA Division I as a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference and the Central States Football League. Intercollegiate teams for men and women include cross country, track and field, soccer, basketball,  and diving, golf, cheer and dance, and Wayland is the first university in the state of Texas to compete in men’s and women’s wrestling. Wayland also competes in baseball, football, and women’s volleyball.

Intramural athletics also are available to students.

Cost and Financial Aid

Because of the contributions of so many who believe in Wayland and its unique approach to Christian education, the cost of attending Wayland is among the lowest of any fully accredited, private, senior university in the country.

Students also benefit from the aggressive approach of Wayland's financial aid office that has resulted in financial assistance for more than 95 percent of our full-time students. Through institutional, state, and federal programs, Wayland makes available both merit-based and need-based assistance. Numerous endowed scholarships are also available to those who qualify.


Wayland Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Wayland Baptist University also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Wayland Baptist University may be directed to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).

  • Wayland Baptist University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
  • The university is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Contact ACEN at 3343 Peachtree Rd. NE, Ste 850, Atlanta, GA 30326 or call 404-975-5000.
  • Wayland is also accredited by the Texas Education Agency for teacher certification and for veterans training, and the Texas Board of Nursing.