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Tradition Campus

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 8:10am
William Carey University has been recognized by a national college matching platform as the state of Mississippi's "Hidden Gem" in a recent list of 49 best colleges and universities from across the United States.
The list, published by College Raptor Inc., includes one institution from each state with the exception of Alaska. It was compiled using application and enrollment data submitted to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, which is a required step for all higher education institutions participating in any federal financial assistance program. Each institution also received an overall ranking of quality based on academic and outcome data, including graduation rate, selectivity, student-to-faculty ratio and other factors.
The recognition is meant to call attention to smaller institutions that may be overlooked by students but stand out in terms of academic rigor and student success, said College Raptor officials.
"This is recognition by another outside, objective agency that Carey is worth considering by prospective students," said Dr. Tommy King, Carey president.
Founded in 1892, Carey has two campuses in Mississippi, including the main campus in Hattiesburg and the Tradition campus in Biloxi. Carey's mission is to provide quality educational programs both on the undergraduate and graduate levels within a Christian academic community and to challenge the individual student to excel in scholarship, leadership and service in a diverse and global society.
For more information on College Raptor, visit
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:13am
William Carey University will hold General Registration Day for summer and fall classes at both the Hattiesburg campus and the Tradition campus in Biloxi from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on May 29.
Students will be able to register for classes, meet with academic advisors and tour their respective campus. In addition to General Registration Day, students may also register by appointment Monday through Friday by contacting their campus admissions office.
Students may apply online, view course schedules and learn more at or by calling the Hattiesburg admissions office at (601) 318-6103 or the Tradition admissions office at (228) 702-1815.
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 8:10am

William Carey University offices will be closed and day classes will not meet in observance of Memorial Day on May 25. Offices will reopen and all classes will resume the normal schedule on May 26. For more information, call (601) 318-6051.

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 10:57am
The William Carey University Department of Art hosted an opening reception for the annual Student Art Show and Competition at the Kress Live in Biloxi on April 16.
During the reception, winners of the nine categories were announced. Winners and their categories are senior art major Rick Wilemon of Hattiesburg, painting; junior art major Donnia Adams of Hattiesburg, printmaking; senior art major Ashton Gibson of Gulfport, design; senior art major Hayley Benefield of Gulfport, photography; senior art major Tina Mason of Gulfport, drawing; senior art major Kaitlyn McKee of Vancleave, 3-D art; senior art major Lucy Ellen Landry of Biloxi, mixed media; senior art major Joanna McKenzie of Monticello, best in show; and senior art major Anne Marie Besse of Long Beach, people's choice. Honorable mention honorees are senior biology major Cara Larsen of Poplarville; senior art major Nicole Ainsworth of Laurel; and senior art major Jamie Nash of Ocean Springs.
Over 80 student works from both the Hattiesburg and Tradition campuses were entered into the competition, which was judged by John Oles, a ceramic artist from New Orleans.
The show is on display at the Kress Live through April 30. For more information or to arrange a viewing, contact Tracy Williams, director of Tradition campus art programs, at (228) 702-1844 or by email at
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 5:06pm
As a result of strong growth in health-related programs, the William Carey University Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of the College of Health Sciences.
The new academic unit will include several existing programs at the university, including the School of Nursing, the Department of Physical Therapy, the health information management program and the health education and administration program. Dr. Janet Williams, dean of Carey's nursing school, will serve as dean of the new college.
The establishment of the new college comes on the heels of strong enrollment growth in the nursing school and the establishment of the doctoral program in physical therapy in 2014. The School of Nursing has seen an enrollment increase of 18 percent since 2010 on the Mississippi campuses, located in Hattiesburg and Biloxi, with a continued increase expected for fall 2015. A satellite location in Slidell, La., is also seeing positive enrollment numbers.
In 2012, the nursing school introduced the administration and education doctoral program following the Washington, D.C.-based Institute of Medicine's recommendation that universities double the number of nurses with a doctorate by 2020. Two years later, Carey graduated 21 doctoral nursing students, a number more than triple the six doctoral nursing graduates throughout Mississippi in the previous year.
There are currently 72 students enrolled in the doctoral program, with 27 anticipated to graduate this year and another 40 in 2016. The health information management program, which started in 2014 and offers a bachelor's degree, will also graduate its first class of 26 students in 2015. Another new program started in 2014, the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in nursing dual degree, is also seeing growth.
Carey is also readying the physical therapy doctoral program for its first students. The program was established by the Carey Board of Trustees in 2014 and is seeking accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education. Fundraising is currently underway to provide for startup costs, including renovation of the program's classrooms in Thomas Business Building. A total of $1 million has been raised out of a projected need of $1.5 million.
Students will be eligible to begin pre-physical therapy studies in the fall. The first doctoral class consisting of 30 students is expected to be admitted in fall 2016. The physical therapy program will be the second of its kind in the state at a time when the need for physical therapists is growing at a rapid rate. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently predicted the job growth in the near future in physical therapy to be 36 percent compared to a predicted increase of 20 percent for other medical fields.
Carey's new programs are designed to meet needs around the state, said Dr. Williams.
"We are interested in providing for students educationally sound and innovative methods to increase the educational level of health care workers in our state, which will subsequently have a positive effect on health care available to the citizens of our state," she said.
Carey has a rich history of providing for medical needs in Mississippi and neighboring states. In 1969, Carey acquired the Mather School of Nursing in New Orleans and was approved to offer the bachelor's degree in nursing for the first time at the Hattiesburg campus. The degree soon expanded to Carey's then-Gulf Coast campus in Gulfport, which was relocated to the Tradition Planned Community near Biloxi following Hurricane Katrina. The master's degree in nursing was added in 2003. In 2007, the Carey Board of Trustees authorized construction of a College of Osteopathic Medicine, the second medical school in the state. The medical college opened in 2010 and graduated its first class of students in 2014.
With consistent growth and the founding of the College of Health Sciences, the future seems bright for Carey's health-related programs, especially as another new program looms on the horizon. Carey administrators and the Office for Advancement are currently working to raise funds for a school of pharmacy at the Tradition campus. The proposed pharmacy school would be the second of its kind in the state and would help combat a critical shortage of pharmacists in Mississippi. Administrators anticipate a need for $4 million in startup costs along with an additional $12-15 million in construction funds for facilities for the school.
The largest gift in Carey history, $1.1 million, was given to the institution by Joe F. Sanderson Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Sanderson Farms, and his wife Kathy, with $1 million of the gift benefitting the pharmacy school and $100,000 applied to the physical therapy program. Additional gifts, including a $125,000 gift from the Leo W. Seal Family Foundation, have also been received for the pharmacy school.
A master's degree is also being planned for the health administration and education program, which helps health care workers who are licensed, registered or certified increase their educational level for teaching or becoming administrators.
"As a university, Carey is dedicated to meet the needs of those around us," said Dr. Williams. "We are very fortunate because we have a visionary president who encourages us to be innovative and meet those needs."
For more information about Carey's health-related programs, visit or call (601) 318-6478. To contribute to fundraising efforts for the pharmacy and physical therapy programs, visit or call (601) 318-6542.