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William Carey University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on William Carey University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is William Carey University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

William Carey University was awarded 105 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is health information/medical records technology/technician.

Overall Quality

William Carey University landed the #1,316 spot in College Factual's 2022 ranking of best overall colleges in the United States. The higher ed experts analyzed 2,576 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking.

William Carey University is also ranked #5 out of 30 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for William Carey University.

Is It Hard to Get Into William Carey University?

Acceptance Rate

If you're applying to William Carey University you'll face some tough competition, since the school's acceptance rate is only 49%. Definitely don't wait until the last minute to submit your application, since applying early may be in your favor.

Average Test Scores

About 14% 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 500 and 560. Math scores were between 490 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for William Carey University  ( 500 to 560 )

SAT Math Scores for William Carey University  ( 490 to 600 )
William Carey University received ACT scores from 86% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 28.

ACT Composite Scores for William Carey University  ( 21 to 28 )

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William Carey University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at William Carey University is about average at 15 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at William Carey University is 56%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  56 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at William Carey University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 100% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like William Carey University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  100 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at William Carey University for first-time, full-time students is 40%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  40 out of 100

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William Carey University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,210 undergraduates at William Carey University with 1,901 being full-time and 1,309 being part-time.

How Much Does William Carey University Cost?

The overall average net price of William Carey University is $13,000. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for William Carey University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$14,367 $14,417 $11,583 $9,267 $15,142

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of William Carey University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At William Carey University, approximately 82% of students took out student loans averaging $4,968 a year. That adds up to $19,872 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.

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How Much Money Do William Carey University Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from William Carey University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $34,700 in their early years. This is about 13% less that the average pay for college graduates overall. However, graduates with your major may make more.


See which majors at William Carey University make the most money.

Location of William Carey University

Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, William Carey University is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

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Contact details for William Carey University are given below.

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

William Carey University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 38 majors graduated from William Carey University. Of these students, 527 received undergraduate degrees and 595 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 94 $54,400
Liberal Arts General Studies 57 NA
General Biology 57 NA
Business Administration & Management 51 $27,500
General Psychology 46 $20,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 42 $33,000
Health & Physical Education 40 $22,200
Criminal Justice & Corrections 17 NA
Teacher Education Subject Specific 16 NA
Other Health Professions 15 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at William Carey University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at William Carey University

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 2,177 students took at least one online class at William Carey University. This is an increase from the 2,066 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,177 1,155
2017-2018 2,066 1,070
2016-2017 1,685 740
2015-2016 1,687 744
2013-2014 984 396

Learn more about online learning at William Carey University.

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Notes and References


*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.


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