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The founding of Wiley College in Marshall, TX, in 1873 is celebrated on this date. It is one of over 100 American Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).
The college was founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church and chartered by the Freedman's Aid Society in 1882. Its mission at the time to provide education to the "newly freedmen" and preparing them for a new life. The college is currently affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Increasingly, students of other races, as well as international students, find Wiley College to be an appealing place to obtain a college education.
The campus of Wiley College is comprised of 14 permanent structures for teaching, learning, and research as well as residential housing for students. Wiley College, in Harrison County on 63 acres of land between Dallas to the west and Shreveport to the east, is one of three institutions of higher learning found in Marshall. This location offers access to the cities and a perfect environment for students' learning and intellectual growth away from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Initially, the purpose of Wiley College was to focus mainly on training teachers for careers at black elementary and secondary schools.
It has since grown from a vocational college to an institution awarding associate's degrees and bachelor's degrees in 21 areas, including, English, biology, business, computer science, and social sciences. Wiley is also recognized for providing higher education opportunities to non-traditional students through its management institute program. Wiley College is the first school in East Texas to issue laptop computers to its students and faculty, thus preparing its students for the marketplace.
The school has one of the best student-faculty ratios in the nation. Dr. Haywood Strickland was elected the 16th president of Wiley College on September 12, 2000.