Wilberforce University
Wilberforce, OH 45384-1001


Type 4 year
Control Private
Business model Not for Profit
Campus size Small
Campus locale Rural
Degrees offered Undergrad & Graduate
Calendar system Semester
Total enrollment 645
Religious affiliation African Methodist Episcopal
Student to faculty ratio 9:1
Campus housing
Dormitory capacity 348 students
Freshmen are required
to live on campus
Types of Programs Offered
Postbaccalaureate Recreational or avocational education
Adult basic remedial or high school equivalent
High school education
Medical Degree
Special Learning Opportunities
Weekend/evening classes
Study abroad
Teacher certification
ROTC - Army
ROTC - Navy
ROTC - Air Force
Student Services Offered
On-campus day care for students' children
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling services
Employment services for students
Placement services for graduates


Acceptance Rate
(Fall 2016)

Wilberforce University is very selective in its admission process. In Fall 2016, it received 3,562 applications and only 1,368 students were granted admission. Wilberforce University is at the #36 spot (in a scale of 1 to 100) in terms of admission difficulty out of 1,781 4 year colleges in the U.S.

Among other admission requirements, applicants must submit ACT or SAT test scores in order to get their application considered. In Fall 2016, 64% of the enrollees submitted ACT scores and 13% submitted SAT scores.

Test Scores

Students admitted and enrolled in Fall 2016 have test scores in the following ranges.
SAT710 to 960
ACT15 to 19

Application Fee

Undergrad students
Graduate students
Learn more about admission requirments

Tuition & Fees

In 2016-2017 academic year, Wilberforce University's tuition was $12,020 for all students regardless of residency (55.1% cheaper than the national average tuition of a typical 4-year private institution)

Follow the link below to learn more about additional cost components such as books and supplies, room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price
National Average = $22,127
In State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
Out of State Tuition
National Average = $26,792
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Financial Aid

In 2016-2017 academic year, 100% of Wilberforce University's full-time freshman students were awarded some type of financial aid. 81% of the students received need based financial assistance from the federal government with an average amount of $5,140 (which is 16.8% above the national average.)

The total number of federal student loan recipients at Wilberforce University in 2016-2017, was 135, which is 74% of the total eligible students. The average loan amount given out to these students was $8,636 (which is 46.5% above the national average.)

Pell Grant
National Average = $4,400
Federal Loan
National Average = $5,895
Financial aid
National Average = 92%
Learn more about financial aid

Student Body

In Fall 2016, Wilberforce University has enrolled a total of 645 students (504 students full-time and 141 on a part-time basis). Out of the total 645 students, 18 of those students were transfer students. The gender ratio of the new enrollee was 43% men and 57% women and 624 students were enrolled for undergraduate programs and 21 for graduates studies.

Total Enrollment

Student Diversity

Black/African American: 91%

Race/ethnicity unknown: 6%

White: 2%

Non-resident alien: 0%

Hispanic: 0%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%

Two or more races: 0%

Asian: 0%


Listed below are the 10 largest majors offered at Wilberforce University.

Study areas with their online column set to zero are those programs that have an online option but there was no graduate in 2016-2017 academic year.
Study Areas Percent Total Graduates Online
Business, Management, Marketing, And Related Support Services 24% 84 0
Health Professions And Related Programs 14% 48 6
Communication, Journalism, And Related Programs 5% 18 0
Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services 5% 18 0
Psychology 5% 18 0
Social Sciences 5% 16 0
Public Administration And Social Service Professions 4% 14 0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences 3% 10 0
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting And Related Protective Services 2% 6 0
Engineering 1% 2 0

Graduation & Dropout Rates

Graduation rate
national average: 55%

Graduation rate is a key indicator of an institution's education quality and the level of academic and financial support provided to students.

The following section details graduation and dropout rates of Wilberforce University full-time students who started class in 2010 and graduated or dropped out prior to August 31, 2016.

Still enrolled
Dropout rate
Transfered out

The above graduation rate is the percentage of students who graduated within 150% of the normal graduation time. For a 4 year degree program, 150% of 4 years is 6 years and for a 2-year program 150% is 3 years.

Earnings After College

Median Annual Income
national average: $33,604

The typical median income of Wilberforce University graduates 6 years after enrollment is $22,500. Last year, out of the total 368 graduates who entered the institution 6 years ago, 339 were reported to have been employed. On the same note, out of 666 graduates, who enrolled 10 years ago, 586 were employed.

6 years after enrollment 10 years after enrollment
Annual Income $22,500 $31,500
Employment Rate 92% 88%
Total Graduates 368 666

Campus Location

Nearby Colleges

Nearby 4 year colleges within 100 mile radius of Wilberforce University.

Cedarville University
4.6 mile away
Antioch College
6.4 mile away
University of Dayton
15.9 mile away
Wittenberg University
16 mile away
Kettering College
16.6 mile away
Wilmington College
18.7 mile away