William Carey University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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William Carey University has a holistic admissions policy, so admissions committee will look at the whole student, not just grades and test scores. Along with your high school grades and SAT/ACT scores, the admissions folks will be looking at your involvement in school and community activities. The admissions bar isn't overly high, but the majority of admitted students have high school averages of a "B" or better and standardized test scores that are average or higher.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • William Carey University Acceptance Rate: 51%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

William Carey University Description:

Founded in 1906 as Mississippi Woman's College, William Carey University is now a private, coeducational, comprehensive university affiliated with the Baptist Church. The 120-acre main campus is located in a residential neighborhood of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi is just a few miles away. Jackson, New Orleans, and Mobile are all within a two-hour drive. William Carey has two other campuses -- the School of Nursing is located on the campus of the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and the new Tradition Campus recently opened just north of Biloxi. A campus on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport was devastated by hurricane Katrina. William Carey offers a range of baccalaureate degree programs in the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. Professional fields in business, education and nursing are most popular with undergraduates. Academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life at William Carey is active with a wide range of groups and organizations including a small Greek system and numerous intramural sports. On the varsity athletic front, the William Carey Crusaders and Lady Crusaders compete in the NAIA Southern States Athletic Conference. The university fields six men's and six women's intercollegiate sports.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,619 (2,808 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 38% Male / 62% Female
  • 59% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,700
  • Books: $3,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $5,900
  • Other Expenses: $6,085
  • Total Cost: $26,985

William Carey University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 97%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 81%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $11,048
    • Loans: $4,659

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, General Studies, Nursing, Psychology

Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 33%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 46%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Golf, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Tennis, Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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William Carey University Mission Statement:

mission statement from http://www.wmcarey.edu/mission-vision

"As a Christian university which embraces its Baptist heritage and namesake, William Carey University provides quality educational programs, within a caring Christian academic community, which challenge the individual student to excel in scholarship, leadership, and service in a diverse global society."

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