William Carey University

William Carey University

William Carey University, also known as WCU, is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States. It was established in 1906 as Mississippi Woman's College. In 1954, it was named William Carey College, after William Carey. It also became coeducational that same year. In addition to the main campus in Hattiesburg, the college has campuses in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Gulfport, Mississippi. The college is divided into the following academic schools:

  • Donald and Frances Winters School of Music
  • Joseph and Nancy Fail School of Nursing
  • Owen and Elizabeth Cooper School of Missions and Biblical Studies
  • Ralph and Naomi Noonkester School of Arts and Letters
  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

WCU competes in the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference as a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. They are nicknamed the Crusaders.

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Contacting William Carey University

William Carey University
498 Tuscan Ave
Hattiesburg , MS 39401-5499
General Phone: (601) 318-5051

William Carey University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Education and Teaching400secondary school administration, gifted and talended education, education of disabled, school counseling, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, art education, English teaching, math teaching, ...
Business and Management142business management
Therapy and Counseling105psychology, counseling psychology, child psychology, organizational psychology, quantitative psychology, psychology courses, music therapy
Liberal Arts93Spanish language, English, general studies, social services, history
Nursing and Emergency Medicine61registered nursing
Science22biology, chemistry courses
Religion and Philosophy19bible studies, religious music, pastoral counseling
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy14health and fitness
Media7communication studies, mass communication, journalism
Fine Arts7fine arts studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama
Music4music, music performance
Medicine3gerontology, health professions

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44932
Master's degree43519

William Carey University Student Body

In 2007-2008, William Carey University had a total enrollment of 2,678 students (2,756 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 41%
Women 59%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 59%
Graduate 41%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 28%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 1%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 0%
18-19 5%
20-21 11%
22-24 22%
25-29 24%
30-34 13%
35-39 9%
40-49 11%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

William Carey University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 75 %

William Carey University Room and Board (2007)

William Carey University offers campus housing for 628 of its 2,756 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Hattiesburg, Mississippi for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Mississippi Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

William Carey University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal400600
SAT Math420570
ACT Verbal2130
ACT Math1825
ACT Composite2028

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

William Carey University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 9,750
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 9,750
Room and board $ 4,815
Room charge $ 1,725
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,310
Books and supplies $ 2,850
Other expenses $ 5,802

Financial Aid:
William Carey University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 244700)

William Carey University Faculty

William Carey University has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year6$67,4103$60,387
Associate professorcalendar year3$55,6205$65,726
Assistant professorcalendar year4$58,1656$50,956
Instructorcalendar year3$46,9006$53,409
No academic rankcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year17$58,31421$55,344

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

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year6$50,6313$48,154
Associate professoracademic year2*7$48,851
Assistant professoracademic year7$43,15719$43,066
Instructoracademic year2*2*
Lectureracademic year1*1*
All faculty totalacademic year18$44,55832$43,862

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

William Carey University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference
Baseball Gulf Coast Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports333265

William Carey University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Biology Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Drama and Dance Teacher Education
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Elementary Education and Teaching
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Mathematics Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Secondary School Administration/Principalship
Social Studies Teacher Education

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Liberal Arts
English Language and Literature, General
General Studies
History, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, Other

Religion And Philosophy
Bible/Biblical Studies
Pastoral Studies/Counseling
Religious/Sacred Music

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, Other

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Developmental and Child Psychology
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Music Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Psychology, Other
Psychometrics and Quantitative Psychology

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What Sets William Carey University Apart:

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% of degrees in therapy and counseling
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Top 17%William Carey University % of degrees in therapy and counseling
Number of degree programs
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Top 18%William Carey University Number of degree programs
Dorm rooms per full-time student
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Top 20%William Carey University Dorm rooms per full-time student

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checked Remedial classes for students
checked Option to study abroad
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