About William Carey

William Carey University is located on two campuses in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and Biloxi, Mississippi.

The  main campus in Hattiesburg is set on 140 acres.

William Carey University on the Coast is located on the new Tradition Campus off Hwy 67 in Biloxi.

Our History

The institution that is now William Carey University had its earliest origins in Poplarville, Mississippi, when the noted educator W. I. Thames opened Pearl River Boarding School in 1892.  As did many institutions of its day, Pearl River Boarding School offered “elementary, preparatory and some college work.  Operating for decades as Mississippi Woman's College, the institution was renamed in honor of the founder of modern missions in 1954 when the school became coeducational.

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William Carey University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, education specialist, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of William Carey University.

All normal inquiries regarding the operation of the university, including admissions, financial aid, educational programs, and other operational matters should be addressed directly to the university and not  to the Commission. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence of significant non-compliance with the requirements or standards for accreditation.

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Interest in the individual student characterizes the classroom experience. Taught by outstanding faculty who have 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.