Wayland Baptist University
Wayland Baptist University - Comments and Student Experiences|
Plainview isn't the most exciting place to live, but the student body has creative ways of working around the stillness of the town.
The campus isn't "gorgeous", but they are working on the buildings. Plans are in the works for new buildings (including a new Religion building), more landscaping, and they've been adding sculptures and artwork to the campus.
They just built a new recreation center, and it is a great place to hang out or grab a healthy snack.
I cannot sing enough praises of the School of Music or the School of Religion. Both are absolutely excellent. The professors are willing to bend over backwards for their students. The mission trips the Religion department takes are wonderful opportunities for travel. The School of Music is going to Germany this year. They've been to China, Russia, Spain, etc.Wayland is continually expanding and adding more majors (new majors are expected to be added in the fall of 2011, including a new degree in Graphic Design). They're even starting their football program again this fall! Some schools get stuck in their ways, and stop growing. After more than 100 years since Wayland opened its doors on the south plains, they're still adding masters degrees, majors, new departments, new buildings, new schools, and appealing to a wider array of students. I would highly recommend Wayland to anyone.
Every semester you will have someone in your classes that you know, and the average class size is about 12, however i have had classes as small as 3 students and as large as 17 students, however these are very rare.
Wayland's application system is pretty old fashioned. They really like to meet with you, assign you an advisor, and then let that advisor hold your hand through out your University career (and they do a really excellent job.) Most of these advisors are the retired principles and superintendents of the small school districts that are across the South Plains, and they really like to help. The only complaint that one might have is that this old fashioned system takes time, however it works great.
I often compare going to Wayland as opposed to a public school like Texas Tech as the difference between shopping at Neiman Marcus and Kmart. Yes both schools will get you an education, however at Wayland you are given top notch and first class service. As a senior i walk in the front door and am greeted by the secretaries by name. I can call my campus up on the telaphone and tell them my name and they know who i am and ask about my children. If i need to talk to my academic advisor i never have to wait longer than a few minutes and it is usually because he is talking to another student already. I can walk into the Dean of the colleges office without an appointment, be greeted by name, and talk over what i need.If you want a truly white glove first class education go to WBU, you will not regret it! The only drawback that I would see is that the commuter campuses do not give a true "college" feel to the environment and that if you are a young person who is looking to meet new friends or engage in college activities than go to the campus in Plainview, i have had a chance to go there and can assure you that the people are really nice.
Hofstra University (NY) 1:negative
A B I School of Barbering & Cosmetology of Chelsea (NY) 1:neutral
Emory University (GA) 1:negative
Wright State University Engineering School (OH) 1:neutral
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