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|Motto||Achieving Excellence Through Pride and Performance|
|Religious affiliation||United Methodist Church
|Campus||Urban, 134 acres (0.5 km2)|
|Colors||Purple and white
|Athletics||Basketball, Baseball, Volleyball, Track & Field, Intramurals and Cheerleading|
|Mascot||Wiley the Wildcat|
Wiley College is a four-year, private, historically black, liberal arts college located on the west side of Marshall, in the U.S. state of Texas. Founded in 1873 by the Methodist Episcopal Church's Bishop Isaac Wiley and certified in 1882 by the Freedman's Aid Society, it is notable as one of the oldest predominantly black colleges west of the Mississippi River.
In 2005–2006, on-campus enrollment approached 450, while an off-campus program in Shreveport, Louisiana, for students with some prior college credits who seek to finish a degree enrolled about 250. As of the fall of 2006, total enrollment was about 750. By autumn of 2009, total enrollment was approximately 1200. Wiley is an open admissions college and about 96 percent of students receive some amount of financial aid.
The Wiley staff learned that over a 15-year period, Melvin B. Tolson’s debate teams lost only one of 75 debates. The Wiley Forensic Society competed against historically black colleges, but earned national attention with its debates against the University of Southern California and Harvard University.
U.S. Civil Rights movement 
Wiley, along with Bishop College, was instrumental in the Civil Rights Movement in Texas.
James L. Farmer, Jr., son of James L. Farmer, Sr., graduated from Wiley and became one of the "Big Four" of the Civil Rights Movement. Together with Roy Wilkins, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Whitney M. Young Jr., James L. Farmer, Jr. helped organize the first sit-ins and Freedom Rides in the United States.
Debate Team 
An article written about the Wiley College debate team by Tony Scherman for the 1997 Spring issue of American Legacy sparked a renewed interest in the History of the Wiley College debate team. The success of the 1935 Wiley College debate team, coached by professor and poet Melvin Tolson, was the subject of a 2005 AMS Pictures documentary The Great Debaters, The Real Great Debaters of Wiley College which received heavy play around Texas followed by 2007 movie The Great Debaters, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. In 1935, the Wiley College debate team defeated the reigning national debate champion, the University of Southern California (depicted as Harvard University in The Great Debaters). In 2007, Denzel Washington announced a donation of US$1 million to Wiley so the team could be re-established.
The Wiley College Debate Team, now also known as the Melvin B. Tolson/Denzel Washington Forensics Society of Wiley College, is currently under the direction of Christopher Medina. The purpose of The Wiley College Debate Team is not only to compete at a national and regional level, but also to instill a strong work ethic, a drive for academic excellence and a spirit of ethical competition in its student leaders.
In the 2009–2010 season the Wiley Debate Team continued to win a plethora of awards and achievements at many of the tournaments covering the Texas and Louisana regions. One of the most historical tournament for the team was the Western Round-Up Swing at McNeese State University on November 20–22, 2009. This was a history making tournament as then two-year old Wiley College Forensic Team won their first overall tournament trophy.
The team was nationally ranked fourth in Debate at the 2010 Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament—the same national tournament the team was denied participation at over seventy-five years ago. Captain Sean Allen and Member Terrance Muse received first place in Duo Interpretation. Captain Caress Russell received first place in Poetry Interpretation. Novice Members Tanreka Smith & Jendayi Douglas received third place in Novice Parliamentary Debate. Many other rewards of Excellence were rewarded to the team for Student Congress, Extemporous Speaking, and other various categories.
The team provides the public with honors and reward updates as well as current schedule on their website (http://www.wileyc.edu/wileydebaters/default.asp).
Wiley College teams, nicknamed athletically as the Wildcats, are part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, track & field and volleyball.
Notable faculty 
|Melvin B. Tolson||English||a noted poet and English professor|||
|James L. Farmer, Sr.||the first black Texan to earn a PhD, was also a professor at Wiley|
|Fred T. Long||Athletics||Athletic Director and Head football coach|||
|Harry Long||Biology||head of biology department and asst. football coach|||
Notable alumni 
|R. E. Brown||1899||organized the first male quartet, first brass band and first football team at Wiley. He started the first teacher-training school for African Americans in Louisiana.|||
|Lois Towles||1933||internationally renown concert pianist.|||
|Henrietta Bell Wells||the first female member of the debate team at historically black Wiley College in Texas – the subject of the 2007 movie, “The Great Debaters”|||
|Thelma Dewitty||1941||first African American to teach in the Seattle Public Schools|||
|James L. Farmer, Jr.||1938||U.S. civil rights leader|||
|Conrad O. Johnson||Music educator|||
|Henry Cecil McBay||Chemist and college professor|
|Bill Spiller||African-American golfer who challenged the segregationist policies of the PGA|||
|Heman Marion Sweatt||Plaintiff in U.S. Supreme Court case, Sweatt v. Painter (1950); helped to found Texas Southern University|
|Lee Wilder Thomas||Prominent African-American businessman in the oil industry|
|James Wheaton||1945||Actor, director and educator|||
|Jesse J. Williams||1970||Chemical Engineer, Theologian|
|Richard Williams||Jazz trumpeter|
- BlackNews.com – American Legacy Magazine's Story The Great Debaters Turns from Pages to the Big Screen Directed By and Starring Denzel Washington and Produced By Oprah Winfrey
- www.dallasnews.com/.../012608dnmetragland.2257669.html Wiley College – A Place Where Every Student Can Succeed]
- Forensic Society Debaters of Wiley College
- "Marshall Texas Directory". 1946. Retrieved October 19, 2009.
- The Decatur Review Long obituary March 24, 1966 page 13
- The Chicago Defender "Wiley Coach Drops Dead in Football Classic" December 15, 1945 pages 1 & 5 and The Chicago Defender "Harry Long Joins Wiley Grid Staff" July 13, 1929 page 9
- "Wiley Graduate of 1899 to be Honored with Citation". The Wiley Reporter (Marshall, Texas: Wiley College). May 1953. p. 1. "Dr. Brown, the oldest living graduate of Wiley, entered the institution on his sixteenth birthday and finished in the class of 1899 at the age of twenty-four."
- Dogan Teycer, Lucile (May 1953). "Lois Towles in Wiley Concert". The Wiley Reporter (Marshall, Texas: Wiley College). p. 1. "Students and friends of Wiley were thrilled by the superb concert of the internationally famous pianist, Lois Towles."
- Martin, Douglas (March 12, 2008). "Henrietta Bell Wells female member of Wiley College debate team". The New York Times. Retrieved January 24, 2011.
- Mary T. Henry, Dewitty, Thelma (1912–1977), HistoryLink, November 10, 1998. Accessed online September 30, 2008.
- "James Farmer Biography: Greensboro Voices". Retrieved January 4, 2008.
- "Conrad O. Johnson: Hall of Fame profile". Retrieved January 4, 2008.
- James Wheaton at the Internet Movie Database
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