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Wiley University

Wiley University has a distinct history of social change contributions to the Nation. Our alumni have impacted almost every corner of the movement for Black civil rights in the U.S. Situated as one of the first HBCUs west of the Mississippi, Wiley University offers a community of scholars, activists, leaders, debaters, vocalists, and athletes. Serving for over 150 years as a beacon of light, we embrace our slogan “Go Forth Inspired.”

Wiley University is a private four-year, historically Black university (HBCU) located in Marshall, TX. Founded in 1873, Wiley University offers a dynamic learning environment that is transformative. Wiley University centers the student experience in its mission and serves as an incubator for students who want to impact the world.

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The university also supports spiritual, ethical, moral and leadership development. The faculty provides a rigorous curriculum for preparing graduates for professional or graduate studies and/or productive careers in traditional and emerging career fields.

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Wiley University Facts

A Private Liberal Arts Institution, affiliated with the United Methodist Church, with an intentional focus on social good and leadership.

  • Wiley University generates a $35 million impact on the community.
  • Wiley University is the home of The Great Debaters, as featured in the film featuring Actor/Director Denzel Washington of the same name.
  • Wiley University offers every student a scholarship through its 1873 Campaign.

Wiley University has 16+ pathways to earning an academic degree, one online degree pathway, two adult learner completion pathways in Criminal Justice and Organizational Management, and three new graduate degree pathways in Criminal Justice, Higher Education Administration, and Business Administration.

Recent News

Wiley College returns to its Roots as Wiley University

A cluster of balloons in the Wiley University colorsWiley College, an HBCU in Marshall, Texas, announced Friday (Nov. 3) at a 2023 Homecoming event that the institution will be renamed Wiley University, station KYTX reports.

“Becoming Wiley University is not simply an exercise and a name change; it is an exercise in our ability to embrace our past and see the future,” Wiley University President and CEO Dr. Herman J. Felton Jr., said at the event dubbed “Returning to Our Roots.” >>>Read More

The Higher Education Leadership Foundation and Wiley University Partner to Impact HBCUS

Higher Education Leadership Foundation logoWiley University is pleased to announce that the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (H.E.L.F.), as part of its integration of academic life at Wiley University, will host the 2023 Leadership Institute on campus from December 7-10, 2023. The Institute will welcome over 40 mid/senior level administrators and 17 Historically Black Colleges & University (HBCU) presidents from across the nation to Marshall, TX. >>>Read More

The Freedom Film Project will premiere their Film, 1700 Miles to Freedom

A Q&A panel interacting with an audienceAfter a year in the making, Wiley University students from the Freedom Film Project will premiere their film on Thursday, March 16, 2023, at 7:00 pm in the Wiley University Pemberton Hayes Auditorium. >>>Read More


Wiley University Celebrates 150 Years, Presents Honorary Doctorate to Ms. Opal Lee

Ms. Opal Lee being presented an honorary doctorate at Wiley UniversityWiley University will celebrate 150 years from March 13-17, 2023. During this milestone celebration, Wiley University will honor Ms. Opal Lee ‘53, activist, Grandmother of Juneteenth, retired teacher, and counselor with an Honorary Degree. The presentation of this honor to Ms. Opal Lee ‘53 will serve as a highlight during the weeklong events commemorating the University’s Sesquicentennial. >>>Read More

Miss Wiley University UNCF crowned Miss National UNCF

Miss UNCF 2023 speaks at a podiumWiley University sophomore Jordan Dansby has been crowned Miss National UNCF, which makes her the tenth consecutive Wiley student to be named Miss National UNCF. Miss Dansby was announced the winner on Saturday, February 18, 2023, during the Miss National UNCF Coronation at the organization’s Annual National Alumni Council Leadership Conference in Birmingham, Alabama. She is a sophomore from Phoenix, Arizona, majoring in Mass Communications and is active on the Wiley University Volleyball team and the Wiley University Pre-Alumni Council. >>>Read More

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