William Carey University School Overview: Acceptance Rate, Tuition, and More

Hattiesburg, MS


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About William Carey University

School Type: Private

Status: Non-profit

Accreditation: Regional

Religious Affiliation: Christian, Baptist  While the student experience is largely unaffected at most schools with religious affiliations, some schools place more of an emphasis on religion. Learn how religious affiliations may impact students' experience.

William Carey University is a medium-sized private university located on an urban campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,472, and admissions are selective, with an acceptance rate of 55%. The university offers 46 bachelor's degrees, has an average graduation rate of 53%, and a student-faculty ratio of 14:1. Tuition and fees for students are $12,600.

Admissions Breakdown

This school has a high acceptance rate.

This school accepts students at a higher rate than other schools. High acceptance schools welcome 51-100% of all applicants.

Acceptance Rate Insight

55% of students were accepted during the 2020-2021 school year. Sometimes schools with midrange acceptance rates have higher standards of entry but are still accessible to many students who apply.

Test scores Required

High school rank Recommended

High school GPA Required

Completion of college prep program Recommended

High school transcript Required

Letter of recommendation Not required or recommended

Open admission No

Test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL) Required


SAT 25th-75th Percentile 1050-1330

ACT 25th-75th Percentile 20-27

Learning Environment

Student Body Stats

This school has a student body of between 5,000 and 15,000 students.

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Students Enrolled


Online Student Enrollment


Student to Faculty Ratio

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Non-U.S. Citizen




Two or more races

Information not available

American Indian/Alaska Native


Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander

Information not available

Female student population


Socio-economic diversity

38% of students received an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Student Charges

Tuition and Required Fees

Student Level In-state Out-of-state
Undergraduate $12,600 $12,600
Graduate $11,040 $11,040

Cost of Undergraduate Attendance

Costs based on full-time, first-time, degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates for the 2020–2021 academic year.

Costs to Consider Price
Books and supplies $1,200
On-campus room and board $6,540
On-campus other expenses $3,417
Off-campus (not with family) room and board $6,540
Off-campus (not with family) other expenses $3,417
Off-campus (with family) other expenses $3,417

Total Undergraduate Cost

Total cost by category In-state Out-of-state
On-campus $23,757 $23,757
Off-campus without family $23,757 $23,757
Off-campus with family $17,217 $17,217

Financial Breakdown

Students Receiving Aid

Federal Grant Aid


State Grant Aid


Institution Grant Aid


Pell Grant


Average Aid Awarded

Federal Grant Aid $3,760
State Grant Aid $2,965
Institution Grant Aid $10,500
Pell Grant Aid $4,272

Financial Outlook


Average salary 6 years after starting school


Average student debt after graduation


Understanding Grants & Scholarships

Data collected from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), [2020-2021]. In the absence of IPEDS data, information was collected directly from the school and is accurate as of the date of collection. Contact the school directly for the most current and complete information.