About WCU
Founded in 1892 and operating for decades as Mississippi Woman's College, William Carey College was renamed in honor of the founder of modern missions in 1954  when the school became coeducational. In 2006, the College's board of trustees renamed the institution William Carey University. Carey is located on three campuses. The main campus in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is set on 140 acres. Carey on the Coast is located in Gulfport and the School of Nursing has a site on the campus of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Carey offers baccalaureate degrees in the areas of arts, humanities, and sciences; education and psychology; business; religion; music; and nursing. The M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S. in psychology, and M.S.N degrees and a specialist degree in elementary education are also offered. Three trimesters of eleven weeks each comprise the academic year. Two summer sessions are also offered. William Carey University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of College and Schools to award bachelor and master degrees. The Winters School of Music  is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. The music therapy program is accredited by the American Music Therapy. The Fail School of Nursing is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, by the board of trustees, Institutions of Higher Learning of the State of Mississippi, and approved in New Orleans by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing.


Interest in the individual student characterizes the classroom experience at Carey. Taught by an outstanding faculty who has gained national reputations, students are challenged by professors dedicated to teaching. The faculty has produced graduates who have compiled outstanding records of acceptance to medical, dental, law, seminaries, and a wide variety of graduate schools.


Carey offers many activities for the nearly 3600 students enrolled. Active campus organizations include the Student Government Association, Baptist Student Union, African-American Cultural Society, Serampore Players, social clubs, and much more. Carey also has a strong intramural program offering students the opportunity to play basketball, flag football, soccer, softball, and volleyball in a friendly setting.


Carey's athletic teams compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the  Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) in baseball, men & women's basketball, men & women's soccer, men & women's tennis, softball, men & women's cross country, and men & women's golf. Over the years Carey has produced over 75 NAIA All-Americans. Its athletic teams have participated in 35 NAIA national tournaments, have captured 39 GCAC championships, and one SSAC Championship. In 1969 Carey Baseball captured the NAIA National Championship




The mission of William Carey University is to provide liberal arts and professional education programs within a caring Christian academic community.  The individual student is encouraged to develop his or her highest potential in scholarship, leadership, and service.  The university collaborates with churches, organizations, and individuals to affirm its Baptist heritage and namesake, William Carey.


The objective of the William Carey Athletic Department is to provide a quality intercollegiate athletic program which provides equal opportunity for men and women to develop physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually