William Carey's School of Education strives to offer educational opportunities to the students of Mississippi. Please take a look at the events below and give us a call if you have questions or need any assistance.

Good news! The application deadline for the Hattiesburg ACT Camp has been extended to 4:00pm on Wednesday, June 14th. Please see all information and download an application below.

We are happy to offer our 9th annual ACT Prep Camp in a face-to-face format. We are very excited to have your students back on our campus. With an average increase in score of over 2.5 points (some as much as 8 points), we are excited about how this camp is helping students in our area grow and have college choices they may not have thought were within reach.

Tradition Campus: June 26-29, 2023

Hattiesburg Campus: July 10-13, 2023

The camp is typically all day on the first 3 days and half day on day 4. This could be modified to 3 days based on camp interest and enrollment. A precise schedule will go out to parents once seats are assigned.

Who qualifies?

Mississippi High School students attending with Sophomore or Junior status in the current school year (2022-2023), who have attempted the ACT within the last two years and have not yet scored a composite (or super score) of 21 or above. A copy of your ACT scores must be submitted with your application.

Students must agree to the policies of the camp including appropriate conduct, appropriate clothing, and respectful use of language.

Appropriate dress code is:

  • Any shorts worn must come to at least mid-thigh in length and be visible below your t-shirt, jacket, etc.
  • Shorts and pants must be worn at the waist and remain there without manual adjustment. (use a belt if necessary)
  • Shirts must cover all midsection and be cut high enough at the top to eliminate cleavage exposure.
  • T-shirts cannot have any inappropriate graphics or language (Remember that this is a Christian University.  If you wouldn’t wear it in front of Jesus, don’t wear it here)
  • No flip flops

Cellphone policy:

Limited cellphone use is permitted during breaks only.  Some instructors use phones for Kahoot and other quiz conduction in classes.  Otherwise, phone use is prohibited in the classroom. 

Students who do not find the dress code or cellphone policy acceptable should consider other options.  Students who are accepted and break the policy will be sent home without a refund of fees.

Criteria considered on each application:

  • Rising Junior/Senior High School status
  • WCU program acceptance status
  • Commitment/school absences/conduct
  • High School GPA
  • Prior ACT scores
  • Teacher Academy membership
  • Seating availability

What is included at camp?

  • Test taking strategy sessions
  • Small group instruction (4 subject areas and test strategies)
  • Study materials and Prep Book
  • Meals and snacks
  • College scholarship information
  • Professional education information

What is the cost of camp?

The cost of the camp is $50.00 per student. This fee will be due AFTER you receive a seat offer from WCU and you accept that offer. At that point, you will receive a payment deadline and a medical release form to be notarized and submitted with payment.

Once you receive a seat offer, you must commit to registering by June 16, 2023, for the July 15, 2023, National ACT exam at a location of your choice.

Scores must be reported to WCU regardless of whether you intend to apply to WCU as a student. Scores will be utilized in measuring improvement among all participants, showing the effectiveness of this camp. Students should see their guidance counselor at school concerning a fee waiver for the ACT exam if they feel they qualify.

How do I apply for a seat at camp?

Click the application link found on this page. Print it and have all parties complete their part. For high school students, this includes parent, principal OR counselor, and student signatures. Return it via either method listed below.

Click here to download application

Personal Delivery:

Hand-delivered applications must be received by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, June 14, 2023, at either campus listed below.

Hattiesburg Campus
School of Education
Fairchild Hall Room 107B
710 William Carey Parkway
Hattiesburg, MS 39401

Tradition Campus
School of Education
Building A, Room 204
19640 Highway 67
Biloxi, MS 39532

US Postal Service:

If you cannot hand deliver, your application must be postmarked by June 14, 2023, for consideration. Envelopes postmarked after June 14, 2023, are not opened. No faxed or emailed applications are accepted.

Mail to:

William Carey University

School of Education, Box 3

710 William Carey Parkway

Hattiesburg, MS 39401



For more information, contact:

Tina Bond         601-318-6091       tbond@wmcarey.edu

The Center for Creative Scholars serves as a laboratory and research organization within the advanced program in Gifted Education offered by the School of Education. In both the Winter and Summer seasons, our organization presents stimulating opportunities for gifted learners to engage in creative exploration. These events provide teachers in the program with hands-on experience working with exceptional learners in an organic setting.

During the month of January, we offer STEAM SATURDAY, a program designed for gifted learners in grades 2-6. This one-day event features STEM-based activities integrated with the arts, encouraging critical thinking and creativity.

In June, we host SUMMER EX-STREAM, a three-day program for gifted learners in grades 2-6 that provides opportunities for critical thinking and musical experiences. Participants conclude the program with a creative musical performance.

While it is recommended that participants be enrolled in an intellectually gifted program at their school, it is not mandatory. We welcome participation from homeschool learners as well.

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