According to data from the 2014 school year, the two University campuses in Plainview have an enrollment that accounts for about ten percent of the population of the city. Because of this, it’s easy to see how important they are to the local economy and local businesses.
Wayland Baptist University
Plainview’s oldest university, Wayland Baptist, traces its roots back to the very beginnings of the city. It was chartered by the state of Texas under the name Wayland Literary and Technical Institute in 1908. But its name was changed to Wayland Baptist College just two years later in 1910. It would be another 71 years before it assumed University status and settled upon the name we know today of Wayland Baptist University. The university has now expanded to 13 satellite campuses in several states and one foreign country, providing many benefits to the community.
It offers four-year undergrad degrees in 40 fields of study, as well as advanced degrees at the Masters level in 11 degree fields. It also offers pre-professional degrees and certifications in 13 areas of study. The university has a local enrollment of about 1500 students.
South Plains College Plainview Extension Center
The Plainview extension of South Plains College serves the northern area of SPC’s three campuses. The main campus located in Levelland and two satellite campuses in Plainview and Lubbock’s Reese Center make up the three total campuses of the junior college. The Plainview extension, which opened in 2005, focuses primarily on vocational training and certifications in five key areas, including:
- Automotive Technology
- Industrial Technology
- Welding Technology
- Vocational Nursing