William Carey University, a private, faith-based university with campuses in south Mississippi, offers the Step-Ahead Program for high school students wanting to take college courses for academic credit. The program is offered at both Carey’s main campus in Hattiesburg and at the Tradition Campus in Biloxi. A variety of class options, including hybrid and online courses, are available. Students in the program typically enroll in classes at the freshman (100) and sophomore (200) levels that fall under the core curriculum.

To be eligible for the program, students must have a minimum ACT score of 20 or SAT score of 950 along with a recommendation from a high school counselor or homeschool coordinator. Additional scoring requirements are in place for college algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus, and calculus with analytic geometry. Program fees include a one-time $40 application fee and a tuition rate of $75 per hour. For a typical three-hour course, the cost would be $265 with the application fee.

For more information on the program, contact the Carey admissions office at (800) 962-5991 or by email at [email protected]

About William Carey University

Carey offers a friendly, Christian environment with strong campus life opportunities and numerous academic offerings. The nurturing environment is perfect for students of all backgrounds. Students choose Carey because of the Christian environment, the caring and available faculty and staff members, and because of its reputation for academic quality. The institution was recently named Mississippi’s “Hidden Gem” by College Raptor, Inc., a national college matching platform, and consistently ranks at the top of U.S. News & World Report rankings. In 2015, Carey was named a “Top Tier Regional University,” a “Best Value,” and a school with the “Least Debt of Graduates.”

Carey offers both undergraduate and graduate degree options through the schools of Arts and Letters, Business, Education, Music and Ministry Studies, and Natural and Behavioral Sciences. The College of Health Sciences offers degrees in nursing, health information management, health education and administration, and, beginning in fall 2016, a doctoral degree in physical therapy. The College of Osteopathic Medicine, established in 2010, offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree. The university is consistently adding new academic programs in response to needs within its local communities, the state, and the region.

Carey’s quality education is also affordable. Over 90 percent of Carey students receive some type of financial aid, with many students receiving institutional scholarship awards. Scholarships are given for various merits, including academics, athletics, talent, transfer student, church-related vocations and missionary dependent. Generous donors have also made numerous endowed scholarship gifts possible.

In addition to quality academics, the university also fields 16 academic teams, known as the Crusaders. The Crusaders compete in Division I of the Southern States Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. Eight sports are offered, including basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, cross-country, track and field, indoor track and field, and golf. The Crusaders perform strongly on both the conference and national levels.

Most importantly, Carey is a university focused on the success of its students. Carey’s creed, adapted from the watchwords of university namesake William Carey, is “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” This creed, along with the mission of providing challenging, quality educational programs in a caring, Christian academic community, define the institution and its goals. Additionally, each academic year, Carey selects a theme based on a biblical concept to provide focus for the university community. The 2015-2016 theme is “Going the Extra Mile,” adapted from Matthew 5:41. This theme motivates the university and its students to “go the extra mile” in their pursuit of education.

Get Involved

The Carey admissions staff invite you to visit the university during any of the events below or by scheduling a campus tour and appointment with an admissions counselor. The Office of Admissions can be reached at (800) 962-5991 or by email at [email protected] Find out more about Carey by visiting or by following Carey on social media ( or @WmCareyU on Twitter).

Upcoming events:

  • December 9, 2015 – Open House
  • December 9, 2015 – Homeschooler Brunch
  • February 24, 2016 – Open House

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