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We last covered Southern University and A&M College which received an average score of 8.4.

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Today we head to Marshall, TX to look at Wiley College, one of the first HBCUs established west of the Mississppi. Established by the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1873 and named for Bishop Isaac W. Wiley of the church. Originally set up to train clergy, it soon became a liberal arts school and while small, was one of the outstanding liberal arts HBCUs in the early 20th century.

For a small school, Wiley has had some singular accomplishments. Best known is the 1930s debate team led by faculty member Melvin Tolson. Dramatized in the film, The Great Debaters with Denzel Washington, they debated and beat the national champions, USC (Harvard in the movie), in 1935 generating national headlines. They participated in 75 debate competitions and only lost one. Denzel donated $1M to the school to re-launch the debate team and in 2014 they became the first HBCU to win the speech and debate competition at the Pi Kappa Delta Comprehensive National Tournament. Denzel was not the only donor to notice Wiley as at the past commencement in 2022, an anonymous donor paid all the Wiley grads college debt to leave them debt free.

Wiley was also one of the founding members of the SWAC, having one of the earlier HBCU college football programs, and was a member until .

Additionally, two Miss Wiley College winners have been the Miss National UNCF in the last few years.


Original 1935 debate team
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The Great Debaters
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Founded: 1873

City, State: Marshall, TX

Type: 4-Year Private Not-for-Profit (United Methodist Affiliated)

Nickname: Wildcats

Enrollment and percent Black enrollment: 665 (all undergraduate), 93% Black

Part-time student percentage: 12%

First Generation Student Percentage: 42%

Percentage of students from households under $30k/over $100k: 80% / 2%

Out of State Percentage: 44% (Top States: Louisiana, California, Georgia, Illinois, Nevada)

Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16:1

Admissions Acceptance Rate: Open admissions policy

4-yr/6-yr graduation rates: 13% / 27%

Transfer out rate: 36%

Male/Female percentages (Female:Male Ratio): 47% male/ 53% female (1.1:1 ratio)

Tuition: $14k

Median Federal Debt After Graduation: $24k

Median Parent PLUS Loans After Graduation: $16k

Median Earning 10-Years after 10 years from freshman year: $33k

Median Earnings for specific majors after 3 years after graduation:
Business Administration: $33k, Muti-disciplinary: $31k, Criminal Justice: $30k

Top Majors by Degrees:
Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Multi-disciplinary, Biology


Endowment: ~$7M

Alumni Engagement: 11.5% of alumni give back

Athletic Conference: Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC) (NAIA)

Mascot: Wildcat

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Notable Alumni:

James Farmer - "Big Four" civil rights leader and founder of CORE
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Opal Lee - activist and "grandmother" of the federal Juneteenth Holiday
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Lee Wilder Thomas - early 20th century oil businessman in Oklahoma (picture N/A)

Lois Towles - internationally known concert pianist and early internationally recognized Black model
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Bill Spiller - professional golfer who spearheaded the desegregation of the PGA
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Main Campus

Thirkield Hall

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Fred Thomas Long Student Union
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Julius S. Scott Sr. Chapel
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Gym
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Marching Band
Gone for 50 years, returning in 2023

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Cheerleaders
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Miss Wiley College
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Notable Alumni:

Opal Lee - activist and "grandmother" of the federal Juneteenth Holiday

Grandmother of Juneteenth awarded honorary doctorate during Wiley College's 150-year celebration​



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Mar 17, 2023

Opal Lee, East Texas native and 1953 Wiley College graduate, was named the Grandmother of Juneteenth after her efforts helped the holiday become nationally recognized. Her alma mater awarded her an honorary doctorate to celebrate their 150th year
 
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