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By the numbers

Undergraduate Enrollment 1,172
In-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $318
Out-of-state Tuition (per semester hour, unless noted) $318
Yearly Room and Board $5,001-$7,000
% of Students on Financial Aid 100
Median SAT/ACT N/A/16
% of African American Students 83
% of Asian American Students 0
% of Hispanic Students 4
% of International Students 10
Student/Teacher Ratio 18:1
Number of Full-time Faculty 68
% of Male/% of Female Students 41/59
Greek System? YES
% of Freshmen Who Live on Campus 78
% of Students Who Graduate in Four Years N/A
% of Students Who Graduate Overall 20
% of Freshmen Who Return 52
% Of Alumni Who Give $$$ to School 16

Wiley College

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711 Wiley Ave., Marshall, TX 75670










Points of Distinction

  • Popular business degree has an entrepreneurial focus.
  • First accredited black college west of the Mississippi River.
  • Formed the nation’s first Speech and Debate League for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
  • Weekly chapel and Sunday vespers services.
  • Now offering three fully online degree programs.

WILEY COLLEGE WAS FOUNDED by the Freedman’s Aid Society in 1873 to train teachers for careers in African American elementary and secondary schools. Today, Wiley has a focused curriculum that includes fifteen distinct degree programs.

Wiley College challenges its students to connect what they learn in the classroom to the world beyond the classroom, creating a path of excellence that goes beyond honor and recognition.

More and more, students of all races and many nationalities find that Wiley, with its intimate Marshall, Texas campus, is a welcoming place offering access to the amenities of Dallas and Shreveport while also providing an environment for students’ intellectual growth away from the distractions of big-city life.

Recent milestones at Wiley College include the expansion of program offerings to include three fully online degree programs and the opening of the Student Success Center to impact the achievement and persistence of new students through intensive advisement and coaching. Through the college’s partnership with the UNCF Career Pathways Initiative and the Strada Education Network, students are earning certification in hard skills and receiving hands-on and guided career planning to help them stay on track and persist to earn their college degree.

Thanks to the success of the movie The Great Debaters in 2007, the debate program was re-established and in 2009 won its first debate after an eighty-year hiatus. Since then, it has twice won the Overall Sweepstakes Championship at the prestigious Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament.

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