Admissions Requirements & FAQs

Admissions Policies

WPU recruits students to two different types of academic study at the university:  the traditional full-time, residential and on-campus program that typically enrolls students who are between the ages of 18 and 22 and who either enroll immediately after graduation from high school or who transfer to the university from another 2-year or 4-year institution. The second population that the university recruits are non-traditional learners who are either employed or have other life responsibilities that did not permit them to live and study on campus. These students are often adults, but can also be younger students who are working full-time and/or living on their own.

Overall, the university defines its admission policy in the following Admissions Philosophy (found in the Academic Catalog, p. 15)

“William Peace University acknowledges that each prospective student is an individual. The University takes a holistic approach to admissions, considering each application as it is submitted throughout the academic year.  Applications for full-time undergraduate students are accepted on a rolling basis and decisions are made with the application is complete.” Regardless of category, a candidate for admission to William Peace University must submit entrance credentials indicating evidence of graduation from a secondary school or successful experience that demonstrate the student’s ability to make satisfactory progress at William Peace University.”

Admission policies for all the different types of students are listed below (see Academic Catalog pages 15-18):

Traditional Undergraduate Freshmen (First-Year Students) from the United States (see International Students section for requirements for non-US citizens):

A First-Year Student is defined as currently enrolled in their senior or final year of high school, previously graduated from high school or earned their GED, and have not taken any college level courses (excluding dual enrollment). First-Year students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Fully completed and submitted Application with $35 Application Fee. For students with a financial hardship, they can provide the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form (available from school counselors) or submit appropriate documentation.
  2. Official Final High School Transcript
    Students who have completed the GED must submit an official copy of their high school transcript in addition to the official GED score report. Students earning a high school diploma must complete the following courses for admittance:
  • English: 4 (four) units
  • Math: 4 (four) units (Algebra I, II, Geometry, & Advanced Math)
  • Science: 3 (three) units (2 (two) lab sciences)
  • Social Science: 3 (three) units
  1. Official test scores from either the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) of the College Entrance Examination Board or the American College Test (ACT) of the American College Testing Program. Scores should be submitted directly to William Peace University with our code 5533 for SAT tests or 3136 for ACT tests. Students over the age of 23 are not required to submit Standardized Test Scores
  2. Recommended but not required:
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Personal essay
  • On-campus visit and an interview
Dual Enrollment

A Dual Enrolled Student is defined as a currently enrolled high school student looking to complete college level courses while completing their high school diploma. Dual enrollment students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Fully completed and submitted Application with $35 Application Fee. For students with a financial hardship, they can provide the College Board Application Fee Waiver Form (available from school counselors) or submit appropriate documentation.
  2. Official High School Transcript showing courses in progress
  3. Letter of Recommendation from their high school counselor
  4. Essay or Personal Statement supporting their reasoning for dual enrollment
Transfer Student

A Transfer Student is defined by a high school graduate or a completed GED who is currently enrolled in college or has previously taken a minimum of 12 credit hours of college level courses outside of high school dual enrollment or early college. Prospective transfer students who have earned fewer than 12 credit hours of college-level work are required to submit SAT or ACT scores and an official high school transcript. All transfer students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Transfer students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Fully completed and submitted Application with $35 Application Fee. For students with a financial hardship, they can submit appropriate documentation requesting an application fee waiver.
  2. Official College Transcript(s) from all schools attended. Failure to disclose schools attended or provide an official copy will disqualify your consideration for admissions.
International Student

An International Student is defined by a non-immigrant of the United States who has completed high school and/or college level courses. William Peace University is authorized by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services to enroll international students in accordance with federal regulations. International applicants for fall must complete their application by May 1 for the fall semester or October 1 to be considered for the spring semester. International students are expected to meet the same minimal educational background as that of students educated in the United States, and must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Fully completed and submitted Application with $35 Application Fee The application fee may be submitted in the form of a credit card, bank draft, or international money order.
  2. Official copies of transcripts from all schools attended, both high school and/or colleges; all transcripts must be translated into English by World Education Service, Inc. (WES), fee required for translation.
  3. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores
    1. Minimum score of 550 on the written portion
    2. Minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL
  4. Provide a copy of their valid Passport or Visa.
School of Professional Studies Student

A School of Professional Studies student is defined as an adult professional learner who is looking to obtain or complete an undergraduate degree through accelerated courses on evenings, Saturdays, and online. School of Professional Studies Students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Fully completed and submitted Application.
  2. Official College Transcript(s) from all schools attended. Failure to disclose schools attended or provide an official copy will disqualify your consideration for admissions.
  3. If less than 12 college credit hours or no previous college courses, an official high school transcript showing graduation date or a completed GED transcript is required.
  4. Recommended but not required:
  • Professional Resume
  • Letters of recommendation
  • On-campus visit and an interview

Probation Admission Policy

If a student is admitted conditionally through the School of Professional Studies, the student will receive an Academic Work Plan outlining course and academic requirements for his/her first term at WPU. In order to be unconditionally admitted and continue in a second term, students must meet all of the requirements outlined in the Academic Work Plan. Students who do not meet the requirements will be placed on Academic Suspension (see Academic Suspension for details).

Part Time Student

A Part Time Student is defines as a student who is enrolled in less than 12 credit hours per semester but looking to obtain an undergraduate degree.  Part time students receive minimal William Peace University provided financial aid, and must submit a completed application including the $35 application fee and the required documents for First Year or Transfer Student Applicants.

Transient Student

A Transient Student is defined as a student who is currently enrolled and looking to take less than 12 credit hours at William Peace to transfer back to their home institution. Transient students do not qualify for William Peace University provided financial aid, and must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Completed application including the $35 application fee
  2. An official college transcript from their home institution
Second Undergraduate Student

A Second Undergraduate Student is defined as a student who has completed an undergraduate bachelor’s degree and seeking a second bachelor’s degree. Second Undergraduate Students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Completed application including the $35 application fee
  2. All official college transcripts to verify transferable courses and the successful completion of an undergraduate degree
Non-Degree Seeking Student

A Non-Degree Seeking Student is defined as a student who is needing one or two courses for professional or educational experiences- they are not taking courses to obtain an undergraduate degree. Non-Degree seeking students enroll in less than 6 credit hours per semester and do not qualify for William Peace University provided financial aid. Non-Degree seeking students must submit the following in order to be considered for admissions:

  1. Completed application including the $35 application fee
  2. An official high school transcript showing graduation or completed GED transcript
  3. If seeking an advanced course an official college transcripts to verify completion of prerequisite courses.
Readmission (former William Peace College/University student)

A former William Peace College/University student who has been away from the school for one calendar year or longer must reapply through the Office of Admissions, and upon admission will fall under the new academic catalog. If the student withdrew from the university in good academic standing without a disciplinary record the student will submit a completed application accompanied by a statement of purpose. Should the student be on academic suspension or withdrawn due to disciplinary actions they will be eligible for readmissions one year after the withdrawal and must show a minimum of 15 college level credit ours at another institution to be transferred to William Peace University. A statement of purpose is also required for consideration. Readmit applications cannot be considered for conditional admission.

Application Deadline

First-Year, Transfer, Second Undergraduate, and Readmission Students

The office of Admissions encourages students to apply prior to the application deadlines. All applications received after the deadline will be reviewed if space is available. For first year students, we encourage an application by March 1 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term. For transfer students, we encourage an application by August 1 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term.  Both first year and transfers are required to pay a $250 deposit to secure their spot for the incoming class. First-Year deposits are due May 1 for fall and December 15th for the spring term. Fall deposits for transfer students are due August 15 and December 15th for the spring term. ALL DEPOSITS ARE NONREFUNDABLE after their due date. Deposits are credited to students’ accounts.

Part Time, Transient, and Non-Degree Students

Students must abide by the Transfer deadlines, outlined above; however, are not required to pay the enrollment deposit.

School of Professional Studies Students

Students applying to the School of Profession Studies should apply 1 week prior to the start of classes. School of Professional Studies Students are not required to submit an enrollment deposit; however, payment arrangements must be made prior to the first day of class.

Note

Admission policies do not differ from program to program. The only difference is between the traditional undergraduate first-year students (freshmen) and the School of Professional Studies first-year students (freshmen). The University does not require the ACT/SAT standardized test score for admission for SPS first-year students. The standardized tests are not adequate indicators of student ability to perform college-level courses once they have been out of school for more than 2 years. This is a standard commonly used in adult oriented undergraduate programs.

FAQs

Is there a required GPA and ACT/SAT score for admission into WPU?

We know there’s more to you than just numbers and data. We know you have a personality, you’re creative, and you’re unique. Our Admission Counselors dig deep to find out who you really are and whether you’d be a great fit at our institution. So, in short, we look at the whole student, but you might find it helpful to know that the average GPA of our first-year students is about a 3.3.

What are my chances of getting financial aid from WPU?

Very high. In fact, 100% of our student body receives financial aid of some kind, whether it be scholarships and institutional aid, or outside scholarships and student loans. Just remember to fill out a FAFSA!

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What is the application deadline?

There aren’t any set admission deadlines. WPU has what we call “rolling admissions.”

Can I pay my deposit online?

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