• Wilberforce University has increased enrollment, providing support and raises to faculty and taking other measures to ensure survival. (Lisa Powell, Dayton Daily News)

Welcome to Wilberforce University

Wilberforce has more than 155-year experience in educating students. We are the nation’s oldest, private historically black college and university (HBCU). Founded in 1856 by members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, Wilberforce is the first predominantly African-American private university in the nation. Students of all faiths, races, colors, and national and ethnic origins are welcome. Accreditations and affiliations: Wilberforce is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of Colleges and Schools and is affiliated with many collegiate organizations and associations, including the United Negro College Fund.

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For any general information please contact the Office of Admissions at
1-844-849-2402 or (937) 376-4751. Email at admission@wilberforce.edu.

Wilberforce University
Office of Admissions

1055 N. Bickett Rd.
Wilberforce, OH 45384

Hours: 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

CLIMB Program

Toll-free: 1-844-849-2405
FAX: (740) 539-8813

Wilberforce University
Office of Adult and Continuing Education

P.O. Box 1001 — 1055 North Bickett Rd
Wilberforce, OH 45384