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About William Carey University

William Carey University is located on a 140-acre campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. In addition to this campus, the school operates two other campuses, one located in Tradition, Mississippi, and one in New Orleans, Louisiana. In its 2013 rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranked the university number 63 of the best regional universities in the south and number 10 of the best value schools.


The university operates seven schools: the School of Arts and Letters, School of Business, School of Education, School of Music, School of Missions and Biblical Studies, School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Nursing. Through these schools, the university offers seven bachelor's degrees in 23 fields of study, nine master's degree programs and two doctoral degree programs on its main campus. The school's New Orleans campus solely offers nursing programs, while its Tradition campus offers programs in art, business administration, the health professions, elementary education, psychology and nursing.

The library on the Hattiesburg campus houses a special collection of music by Clarence Dickinson, identified as the 'Father of American Church Music.' The school's campus also houses a center for the study of William Carey, three art galleries and a collection of documents by Clarence Dickinson.

During their studies, students can study overseas. These opportunities are usually offered through a specific program in the form of a mission internship.


Applications for admission to one of the university's undergraduate programs can be submitted online. Undergraduate applications must include ACT or SAT scores, official transcripts and a $40 application fee.

In the fall of 2011, the school received 751 applications, of which it accepted 83%. Of those accepted, 25% enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $325 per credit hour for programs offered on any of the school's campuses. Graduate tuition for the 2012-2013 school year was $300-$390 per trimester hour, except for the Master of Biological Science program, which cost $20,000 for 33 trimester hours. For that same period of time, the school estimated housing to cost between $450 and $1,500 per term, and board between $380 and $880 per trimester at the Hattiesburg campus.

The school offers numerous scholarships, some of which are based on academic achievements, field of study or need. In 2011, over 90% of full-time students received some sort of financial aid.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation Baptist*
Academic Calendar Trimesters**
School Setting Hattiesburg campus: small city*
Student Body Hattiesburg campus: 2,258 undergraduate and 1,445 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing All students under 21 and whose permanent residence is more than 50 miles away are required to live on campus**
Four women's and three men's residence halls are available**
Schools and Programs Hattiesburg campus: seven schools offering 23 undergraduate fields of study, nine master's degree programs and two doctoral degree programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2011:
Bachelor's: health professions (138)*
Master's: education (358)*
Doctorate: None awarded in 2011*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 36% in 4 years*
51% in 6 years*
Admission Rate 83% in fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 162 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 77% (full-time students)
100% (part-time students)*
Average SAT or ACT Scores of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% SAT critical reading: 430-530, math: 480-600*
Middle 50% ACT composite: 21-25*
Application Due Date Rolling admissions****
Decision Notification Date Rolling admissions****
Tuition $325 per credit hour for 2012-2013 school year**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) For full-time beginning students in 2011:
Federal grants (89%)*
State and local grants or scholarships (78%)*
Institutional grants or scholarships (72%)*
Student loans (73%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 91% in 2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **William Carey University, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics, ****U.S. News and World Report.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 498 Tuscan Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  • Phone: Hattiesburg: (800) 962-5991 ext. 103
  • Website: www.wmcarey.edu

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