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William Carey University Overview

William Carey University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The location of William Carey University is great for students who prefer living in an urban area.

What Is William Carey University Known For?

527 Undergraduate Awards
$19,974 Avg Cost After Aid
55% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at William Carey University.
  • In 2017-2018, 56% of the faculty were full-time.

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William Carey University Rankings

William Carey University is ranked #7 out of 30 schools in Mississippi.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at William Carey University.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Most Popular Educational Administration Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#24 Best Value Rehabilitation Professions Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Teacher Education Grade Specific Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Most Popular Special Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#52 Most Popular General Biology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#55 Most Popular Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards William Carey University has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#1 Best Value Colleges for Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities College Factual
#30 Best Value Colleges for Educational Administration College Factual
#35 Best Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician Schools College Factual
#74 Best Value Colleges for Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies College Factual
#101 Best Value Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences College Factual
#129 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual

Where Is William Carey University?


Contact details for William Carey University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 710 William Carey Parkway, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601-318-6051

How Do I Get Into William Carey University?

You can apply to William Carey University online at:

Admission Requirements for William Carey University

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into William Carey University?

55% Acceptance Rate
68% Of Accepted Are Women
9% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 55%, William Carey University does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

Approximately 32% of accepted students are men and 68% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 58%, and the acceptance rate for women is 54%.

Average Test Scores

About 9% of students accepted to William Carey University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 650. Math scores were between 520 and 680.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for William Carey University  ( 530 to 650 )

SAT Math Scores for William Carey University  ( 520 to 680 )
William Carey University received ACT scores from 85% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 29. Math scores were between 17 and 25. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for William Carey University  ( 20 to 29 )
ACT Math Scores for William Carey University  ( 17 to 25 )
ACT Composite Scores for William Carey University  ( 20 to 27 )

Can I Afford William Carey University?

$19,974 Net Price
21% Take Out Loans
8.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of William Carey University is $19,974. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At William Carey University, approximately 21% of students took out student loans averaging $6,515 a year. That adds up to $26,060 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at William Carey University is 8.8%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

William Carey University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,945 Full-Time Undergraduates
69% Women
29% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 3,233 undergraduate students at William Carey University, with 1,945 being full-time and 1,288 being part-time.


There are also 2,239 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,945 full-time undergraduates at William Carey University, 31% are male and 69% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of William Carey University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 27
Black or African American 487
Hispanic or Latino 49
White 1,234
International Students 114
Other Races/Ethnicities 34

Geographic Diversity

Mississippi students aren't the only ones who study at William Carey University. At this time, 10 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 44 countries are represented at William Carey University. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, Spain, and France.

Online Learning at William Carey University

1,528 Took All Classes Online
2,813 Took At Least One Class Online
21.1% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 2,813 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at William Carey University has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 21st most popular in Mississippi for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of William Carey University

The following table shows how William Carey University is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
Gerontology #10 #1
Theology & Religious Vocations #19 #19
Other Education #27 #1
Health & Physical Education #31 #7
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #43 #10
Teacher Education Subject Specific #55 #10

Online Growth Rankings of William Carey University

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at William Carey University was 21.1%. This is the #1,042 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at William Carey University regardless of major.

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

William Carey University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Educational Administration 0 165 56 221
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 107 0 149
Nursing 94 21 0 115
General Biology 57 28 0 85
Special Education 0 85 0 85
Business Administration & Management 51 24 0 75
Liberal Arts General Studies 57 0 0 57
General Psychology 46 0 0 46
Health & Physical Education 40 0 0 40
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16 23 0 39
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 10 0 25 35
Criminal Justice & Corrections 17 7 0 24
Other Education 0 17 0 17
Student Counseling 0 15 0 15
Other Health Professions 15 0 0 15
General English Literature 12 2 0 14
Health & Medical Administrative Services 14 0 0 14
Child Development & Psychology 0 9 0 9
Communication & Media Studies 7 0 0 7
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 7 0 7
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 7 0 0 7
Sacred Music 3 4 0 7
Mathematics 6 0 0 6
Fine & Studio Arts 6 0 0 6
Multicultural & Diversity Studies 5 0 0 5
Chemistry 4 0 0 4
Drama & Theater Arts 4 0 0 4
Music 4 0 0 4
History 3 0 0 3
Biblical Studies 3 0 0 3
Romance Languages 2 0 0 2
General Social Sciences 2 0 0 2
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0
Educational Assessment 0 0 0 0
Gerontology 0 0 0 0
Other Psychology 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 527 514 81 1,122


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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