Wilberforce University: Narrative Description

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1055 North Bickett Rd.
Wilberforce, OH 45384
Tel: (937)376-2911
Free: 800-367-8568
Admissions: (937)708-5789
Fax: (937)376-4751
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wilberforce.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with African Methodist Episcopal Church. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1856. Setting: 125-acre rural campus with easy access to Dayton. Endowment: $9.3 million. Total enrollment: 998. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 17:1. 2,405 applied, 22% were admitted. Full-time: 982 students, 61% women, 39% men. Part-time: 16 students, 44% women, 56% men. Students come from 30 states and territories, 3 other countries, 38% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 90% black, 0.2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 32% 25 or older, 85% live on campus, 3% transferred in. Retention: 62% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; computer/information sciences; communications/communication technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, advanced placement, freshman honors college, honors program, external degree program, co-op programs. Off campus study at 18 members of the Southwestern Ohio Council for Higher Education. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army (c), Air Force (c).

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: essay, high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, 2 recommendations, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview. Entrance: minimally difficult. Application deadline: 7/1. Notification: continuous until 8/1.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $16,100 includes full-time tuition ($9720), mandatory fees ($1060), and college room and board ($5320). Part-time tuition: $376 per credit hour.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities. Most popular organizations: yearbook staff, campus radio station, National Student Business League, Student Government Association. Major annual events: Homecoming/Parents' Weekend, Dawn Dance, Black History Month. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 787 college housing spaces available; 652 were occupied in 2003-04. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Rembert E. Stokes Library with 63,000 books, 10,000 microform titles, 650 serials, 500 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. 77 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Located in rural village of Wilberforce with a history of significant activity in the underground railroad of pre-Civil War days. The city of Xenia, Ohio is nearby with a population of 25,000 and is a good shopping center. It provides a resource for field study, cultural and recreational activities plus the close urban centers of Dayton, Springfield, Columbus and Cincinnati.

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