Dear Friend of Carey:
I am pleased to tell you that William Carey University is well into another successful year.
Enrollment reached a high of 4,118 during the fall trimester, a milestone for Carey. The
theme for our academic year is “On to Maturity” from Heb. 6:1. This theme reflects the
maturity of the institution and the challenges our students face as they continue to grow
The average ACT score for the regular freshman class is 24. This is significantly above the
national average and reflects the quality of students who choose Carey. We have attracted
22 honor students with ACT scores of 29 or higher and 30 new international students.
In the recently released
U.S. News and World Report
rankings of America’s Best Colleges,
William Carey was ranked in the top tier for regional universities, the highest ranking
that we have ever received. We were ranked number 63, above such schools as Liberty
University, Belhaven, Delta State, Lincoln Memorial, Charleston Southern, to name only
a few. While this ranking is encouraging, we want to continue to improve our ranking.
One way that alumni can help is by contributing annually to their alma mater. Financial
support by alumni is one of the categories factored into the ranking. According to the
ranking, William Carey had 4% of its alumni supporting the school financially. While this
number is growing and we are grateful for each alumnus who gives, we need to improve
on this percentage. If you can begin to make even a small donation to the annual fund, it
will be one factor that will help us to improve our ranking.
What about the future? We must continue to build and expand programs for the needs of
students. We broke ground on a new women’s residence hall in October, and the entire
project will be paid for with cash on hand. We have other pressing needs for which
we do not have the funds: a chapel, a new state-of-the-art business building, additional
biology labs and research space for the medical school, and a new gym. Naming
opportunities are available for all of these projects. In addition to these building needs,
there is a pressing need for endowment funds for student scholarships. Let me encourage
every alumnus who received a scholarship of any kind while at Carey to begin making
annual contributions to the scholarship endowment for students of the future.
We continue to be challenged by the motto of our namesake: “Expect great things from
God; attempt great things for God.”
At press time we learned of the passing of Dr. Noonkester, and this issue of the magazine
is dedicated to his memory. In addition to the Carey Center contributions in his memory,
a “Legacy of Leadership” endowment fund will be established in his name.
| Carey Magazine