Wilberforce University

Wilberforce, OH
School Type:
4-year, Private
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Admission Requirements
Required GPA
Required SAT
Required ACT
Quick facts
  • Founded: 1856
  • Enrollment: 656
  • Mascot: Bulldogs
  • Colors: Green and Gold
  • Motto: Excellence. Innovation. Kindness.
  • Campus Setting: City
  • Campus Housing: Yes
Short description

Wilberforce University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio, is a distinguished private institution with a rich history dating back to its founding in 1856. As one of the oldest historically black universities in the United States, Wilberforce currently has 656 students and offers a range of Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. The university programs include Business Administration, Organizational Management, and Mass Media Communications. Adorned in its school colors of green and gold, the university's athletic teams, known as the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs, compete in the NAIA Division II within the Continental Athletic Conference (CAC).

The history of Wilberforce University is marked by its pioneering role in African-American education. Established before the American Civil War, it was the first college to be owned and operated by African-Americans. The university's motto, "Excellence. Innovation. Kindness." reflects its commitment to academic excellence and fostering a community where kindness and innovation are paramount.

In a city setting, Wilberforce University provides campus housing that further enriches the student experience, creating an environment conducive to learning and personal growth.

Admissions & Financial Aid
  • Admissions: (937) 376-2911  
  • Admissions email: admissions@wilberforce.edu

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  • Financial Aid: (937) 708-5727  
  • Financial Aid email: ecounselor@wilberforce.edu

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Popular Majors
  • Business Administration
  • Organizational Management
  • Mass Media Communications

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NAIA Division II - Continental Athletic Conference (CAC)

Team Name: Bulldogs & Lady Bulldogs

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball 
  • Cross Country 
  • Track & Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball 
  • Cross Country

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