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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.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 15:1
Graduation Rate 20%
Year Founded 1856

Student Enrollment

Total Students566


Undergraduate Student

Male 216
Female 337

Graduate Student

Male 5
Female 8

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Wilberforce Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,146
Female 2,197


Male 424
Female 967

Acceptance Rate39%

Male 37%
Female 44%

Enrollment 138

Male   58
Female  80
Application Fee $25
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline July 1
Common Application Accepted No

Wilberforce 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
Net Price $13,014
Average Total Aid $10,225
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $7,000

Sticker Price

  • 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

Student Population 566

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

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
Sociology 2 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.

Graduates Salary
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 College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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