William Carey University is a private Christian university named in honor of William Carey, the “Father of Modern Missions.” The college motto is a quotation attributed to Carey. The university’s main campus is located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Hattiesburg is known as the “Hub City of the South” because of its proximity to the state capital, the Gulf Coast, New Orleans, and Mobile, Alabama. A satellite campus is located just minutes from the coast near Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi.
The Hattiesburg campus was called South Mississippi College when it opened in 1906. After a fire destroyed this campus in 1910, the property was gifted to the Mississippi Baptists in 1911 for the building of a Mississippi Woman’s College. In 1954, the college was changed to coeducational status and renamed William Carey College. In 1964, William Carey was the first private college in Mississippi to sign the Civil Rights Compliance act. In 1976, a branch campus was established in Gulfport, but the beachfront property was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 and those classes had to be permanently relocated.
On August 14, 2006, William Carey University celebrated its Centennial. That day also marked the transition of William Carey College to William Carey University. The William Carey University-Tradition Campus opened in August 2009 as a replacement for the heavily damaged ocean-front campus. The new 30-acre campus is part of the planned Tradition community, located 15 minutes north of Biloxi on Mississippi 67. William Carey University continues to be affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mississippi Baptist Convention.
William Carey University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Health Information Management, Music and Ministry, Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine. The College of Osteopathic Medicine, established in 2010, is the first medical school in the region to focus on osteopathic medicine. A Physical Therapy program will be admitting its first class in the Fall of 2016.
William Carey University was recently named Mississippi’s “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor, Inc., and consistently ranks at the top of U.S. News & World Report rankings. In 2015, Carey was named a “Top Tier Regional University,” a “Best Value,” and a school with the “Least Debt of Graduates.” William Carey University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
A unique system of three 10-week terms comprise the academic year at William Carey University. Two summer sessions, a J-term, and a May Term session are also offered. William Carey University is committed to the success of its 4,000 students. Each academic year, William Carey selects a theme based on a biblical concept to provide focus for the university community. The 2015-2016 theme is “Going the Extra Mile,” adapted from Matthew 5:41. This theme motivates the university and its students to “go the extra mile” in their pursuit of education.
In addition to quality academics, William Carey University is home to many campus clubs and organizations, various indoor and outdoor intramural sports and games, as well as several nationally ranked athletic teams known as the Crusaders. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, and track & field; while women’s sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and track & field. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, competing in the Southern States Athletic Conference.
The nurturing environment of William Carey University is appreciated by students of all backgrounds and especially Christian homeschooled students. In accordance with its Baptist affiliation, the college offers Bible studies, worship services, ministry to the surrounding area, mission opportunities and cultural trips. The university’s Cooper School of Missions and Biblical Studies seeks to inform and enrich every student’s understanding of the Judeo-Christian historical, literary, and theological heritage.
Students choose Carey because of its Christian environment, quality educational programs, caring faculty and staff, strong campus life opportunities, and its affordability. William Carey does not even charge out-of-state tuition! More than 90% of full-time students receive some type of financial aid, with many students receiving institutional scholarship awards. Scholarships are available to students with a 20-36 ACT score and are also given for various other merits including academics, athletics, talent, transfer student, church-related vocations, and missionary dependents. Generous donors have made these numerous endowed scholarship gifts possible.
William Carey University is very homeschool-friendly and does not require homeschoolers to take the GED; an accredited or notarized homeschool transcript for admissions is perfectly acceptable. Carey admissions staff invite you to visit the university during any of the events below or by scheduling a campus tour and appointment with an admissions counselor.
- December 9, 2015 – Open House
- December 9, 2015 – Homeschooler Brunch
- February 24, 2016 – Open House
The Office of Admissions can be reached at (800) 962-5991 or by email at admissions@ wmcarey.edu. Find out more about Carey by visiting http://www.wmcarey.edu or by following Carey on social media (https://www.facebook.com/WmCareyU or @WmCareyU on Twitter).