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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. If you’re interested in learning more about a particular stat, just click on its tile to go to a new page that covers the topic more in-depth. Also, you can jump to any section of this page by clicking one of the links below.

How Well Is William Carey University Ranked?

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2023 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 392 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is educational administration.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked William Carey University as #840 out of 2,241 colleges and universities in the country on its 2023 Best Colleges list. This is an improvement over the previous year, when William Carey University held the #1,316 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

William Carey University is also ranked #4 out of 26 schools in Mississippi.

See all of the rankings for William Carey University.

Is It Hard to Get Into William Carey University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at William Carey University is a competitive 55%, so make sure you take your application seriously when putting it together. Even leaving out a minor detail could be a reason to move you to the rejection pile.

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 Composite scores ranged between 20 and 27.

ACT Composite Scores for William Carey University  ( 20 to 27 )

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William Carey University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

With a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1, William Carey University is about average in this regard as the nationwide rate is 15 to 1. While this does not translate directly to class size, it's a good indicator of how much time professors will have to spend with their students on a one-on-one basis.

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 50%. This is comparable to the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  50 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at William Carey University

Freshmen Retention Rate

William Carey University has a freshmen retention rate of 84%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  84 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When it comes to finishing their studies on time, those seeking a bachelor's degree from William Carey University have a four-year graduation rate of 34%. This is comparable to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  34 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at William Carey University.

William Carey University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,233 undergraduates at William Carey University with 1,945 being full-time and 1,288 being part-time.

How Much Does William Carey University Cost?

The overall average net price of William Carey University is $14,284. 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 +
$15,534 $15,444 $13,484 $10,384 $16,034

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 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 6.9%. 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 $35,997 in their early years. This is about 15% 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 37 majors graduated from William Carey University. Of these students, 580 received undergraduate degrees and 613 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 145 $57,753
Teacher Education Grade Specific 86 $33,940
General Psychology 51 $26,320
General Biology 50 $23,191
Business Administration & Management 48 $33,475
Health & Physical Education 34 $27,292
Liberal Arts General Studies 33 NA
Criminal Justice & Corrections 25 $33,244
Teacher Education Subject Specific 20 $36,616
Other Health Professions 17 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 2019-2020, 2,813 students took at least one online class at William Carey University. This is an increase from the 2,177 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2019-2020 2,813 1,528
2018-2019 2,177 1,155
2017-2018 2,066 1,070
2016-2017 1,685 740
2015-2016 1,687 744

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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