Wilberforce University is a very small college of only 553 undergraduate students. WU is the nation's oldest private, historically black university that is fully owned and operated by African Americans. Despite its small size, WU offers 20 degree programs that prepare students for personal and professional success. Students can pursue fields such as accounting, computer science or engineering, management, marketing, or sociology, to name a few. Business-minded students can add an entrepreneurship minor to their course load as well if they wish.
Overview of Wilberforce University
After classes, WU students continue to learn and grow. The campus provides ample opportunities for student to compete in the intramural sports, student organizations, and a Student Center, where students can gather in an informal manner to eat, collect mail, watch television or play games, and even engage in student government.
On top of this, Wilberforce also supports men's and women's varsity-level sports that compete in the NAIA's AII conference. The WU Bulldogs carry the school colors in basketball, cross country, golf, track & field, and more. Since the school is so small, average students are welcome to try out for the teams. Small colleges typically offer students easier access to athletic and other leadership roles.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Rural: Fringe|
|Student Faculty Ratio||15:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Recommended|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||July 1|
|Common Application Accepted||No|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
For a private, non-profit institution, Wilberforce's costs are rather low. Currently, the total bill for tuition, books, and supplies is around $14,500. When living expenses are tallied, the total cost of a year at Wilberforce is $23,500, or slightly less for those living off-campus. This sort of cost rivals many public universities that cram freshmen into large lecture halls for their entry-level classes. In fact, these costs are shown to decline significantly once financial aid is factored in. In fact, the average net price (the cost after financial aid is applied) at Wilberforce is $13,000. That number is a bit higher for those from high-income families, $19,500, but still a Wilberforce education is a far better value than many larger institutions.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$10,225|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||100%|
|Room & Board||$7,000|
- Tuition In-State - $13,250
- Tuition Out-of-State - $13,250
- Books and Supplies - $1,200
- Room & Board - $7,000
- Other - $2,000
Wilberforce's academic programs are designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success and achievement. To prove that, their academic numbers demonstrate a strong tradition. When it comes to retaining students from their first year into their second, Wilberforce holds onto 47% of their full-time, first-year students and 8% of their part-timers.
For their graduation numbers, Wilberforce only graduates 20% of its students. It's hard to account for why so few students graduate, considering that Wilberforce provides a healthy, vibrant campus environment. The class sizes are also amenable to learning, with an average size of 15 students, Wilberforce students surely have ample access to their instructors.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||29 Total Graduates / 52%|
|Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other||27 Graduates|
|Management Information Systems, General||1 Graduates|
|Marketing/Marketing Management, General||1 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||8 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Mass Communication/Media Studies||8 Graduates|
|All Social Science Majors||8 Total Graduates / 14%|
|Political Science and Government, General||6 Graduates|
|Public Administration and Social Service Professions||4 Total Graduates / 7%|
|Social Work||4 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||3 Total Graduates / 5%|
|Psychology, General||3 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||7%|
Outcome & Salary
Wilberforce students face very reasonable up-front costs for their education and that expense pays off in the long run. While there aren't many statistics available for how well Wilberforce alumni earn, their business students start their careers earning around $40,000 before bonuses and benefits are accounted. Given the small size of the school, it is difficult to aggregate significant numbers. However, Wilberforce graduates surely enter the job market with a head full of knowledge and limitless earning potential.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$42,100|
|College Grads Average Salary||$61,404|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$73,200|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$614,040|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,346,040|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$52,056|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$561,984|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,293,984|
|No Colleage Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$37,960|
|10 Year Projected Income||$379,600|
|20 Year Projected Income||$759,200|
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