Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University

Wilberforce University was established in 1856 and is the oldest African-American university in the nation. This coeducational liberal arts institute is located in Wilberforce, Ohio. Wilberforce University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the fields of humanities, social sciences, business, economics, engineering and computing sciences, and natural sciences. The academic divisions of the university include:

  • Arts and Sciences Division
  • Professional Studies Division

The sports teams of Wilberforce University are nicknamed the Bulldogs. They participate in various sports including basketball, cross country, softball, tennis, flag football, and volleyball. The athletics department of the university is a member of the American Mideast Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Wilberforce University
1055 N Bickett Rd
Wilberforce , OH 45384-1001
General Phone: (937) 376-2911

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Wilberforce University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management96business management, accounting, finance, marketing
Medical Administration20health care administration, health and medical administrative
Computer Science and Engineering16computer and info science, computer science, computer engineering
Media13mass communication
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy10rehabilitation
Liberal Arts7English language and literature, liberal arts and sciences, political science, sociology
Therapy and Counseling4psychology
Science3biology, chemistry courses
Family and Social Work3social work
Music2music theory and composition, piano, voice
Engineering1electrical engineering
Art Studies0art studies

Number of programs and degrees for Wilberforce University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree17224
Master's degree31

Wilberforce University Student Body

Wilberforce University is a historically black college.

In 2007-2008, Wilberforce University had a total enrollment of 834 students (837 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 42%
Women 58%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 99%
Graduate 1%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 3%
Black 92%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 0%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 42%
20-21 22%
22-24 14%
25-29 6%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 4%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New Jersey6%
New York4%
(International Students)1%

Wilberforce University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 62 %
Part-Time 100 %

Wilberforce University Room and Board (2007)

Wilberforce University offers campus housing for 1,000 of its 837 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Wilberforce University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrequired
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required

Wilberforce University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 11,560
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 11,560
Room and board $ 5,320
Room charge $ 2,820
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,500
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 3,600

Financial Aid:
Wilberforce University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 314100)

Wilberforce University Faculty

Wilberforce University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track50
Non-tenured and not on tenure track55

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year1*1*
Associate professoracademic year12$49,3245$36,945
Assistant professoracademic year5$41,6693$34,863
Instructoracademic year2*1*
No academic rankacademic year3$43,7202*
All faculty totalacademic year23$46,08312$38,668

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Wilberforce University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball American Mideast Conference
Track American Mideast Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):


Wilberforce University Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Finance, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General

Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Music Theory and Composition
Piano and Organ
Voice and Opera

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Professions, Other

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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