William Peace University is a nationally-ranked, award-winning institution located in one of the best cities in the United States in downtown Raleigh, NC.
Our mission is to prepare you for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, our students develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.
- Career & Life SuccessWith a 96% job/graduate school placement rate, our results speak for themselves.
- Innovative AcademicsCurriculum that’s rooted in the liberal arts, but coupled with a modern approach and focus on career placement, you can’t go wrong with WPU. Choose from more than 24 majors, minors, and concentrations.
- Hands-On LearningWPU is ranked in the top 10% nationally for student engagement, according to the National Student Survey for Engagement. With data like that, it’s easy to see our faculty cares.
- Adult & Professional Studies ProgramsLooking to take the next step in your career, but don’t know where to start? Getting a degree from WPU is a great start.
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With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you get the hands-on learning you need to be successful in both your life and career73%of full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree26+majors, minors, and concentrationsTop 10%Nationally for Student Engagement (NSSE)
- Campus Life
We're an oasis nestled in the corner of a thriving metropolitan area with boundless opportunities for careers and fun20+Acres of Campus Downtown400+Students Living On Campus10+Intramural Sports
- Pacer Athletics
WPU competes for national championships in and out of the classroom. We offer seven different men's and women's NCAA Division III sports14Total Men's & Women's NCAA DIII Sports Teams150+NCAA Student-Athletes on Campus50+NCAA Athletics Home Games Each Year
- Adult Studies Programs
WPU offers a flexible array of degree options for adult students. Take advantage of online, night, and even Saturday courses6Degrees Offered Online, at Night, or on Saturday#15Ranked Online College in NC (Affordable Colleges Online)#14Best Online School in NC (Accredited Schools Online)
- Founded in 1857 as Peace Institute
- Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years
- All students taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
- Access to classes and library facilities at five local colleges and universities through the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium
- Study abroad opportunities include short-term faculty-led trips, semester abroad programs and summer programs
- 2015 undergraduate enrollment: 62% female/38% male. 45.1% White, non-Hispanic; 35.6% Black, non-Hispanic; 8.2% Unknown, 5.2% Hispanic; 2.5% Asian/Pacific Islander; 1.1% American Indian/Alaska Native; and .1% Nonresident alien