WPU At A Glance

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the University is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, the student develops an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.


noneRanked No. 1 in the nation among schools that produced the largest percentage of interns (U.S. News & World Report)

Rated among the very best in the nation (top 10 percent) for student-faculty interaction, along with higher-order learning, reflective and integrative learning, learning strategies, discussions with diverse others, and supportive environment (National Survey of Student Engagement)

Ranked among the top 10 percent of schools nationwide in improvement in writing and analytical abilities from first year to senior year (Collegiate Learning Assessment)

Named Among Most Successful Colleges for Graduating Low-Income Black Students (Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Ivory A. Toldson, Ph.D.)

Ranked among the best online colleges in North Carolina for 2015 and 2016 (Affordable Colleges Online)

General Information

20 majors offered, plus honors courses

Saturday, evening and online classes for non-traditional students

100 percent of traditional day students are awarded financial aid

Student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1 (2015 Data)

All classes taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)

More than 90 percent of graduates placed in jobs or graduate school within a year of graduation. In fact, 2014 University data indicated a 97 percent job/grad school placement rate for 2013 University graduates

Academic internships in your area of study are required (more than 60 percent of WPU graduates receive job offers from their internship experience)

More than 30 student clubs and organizations, performance groups, academic societies and three student-run publications

More than 8,000 hours of community service completed by the student body

Located on a 21-acre campus in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina

Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years

Access to classes and library facilities at five local colleges and universities through the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium

Member of the USA South Athletic Conference in NCAA Division III, competing in seven sports: basketball, cross country, golf, softball, tennis, volleyball and soccer. In the 2013-14 academic year, men's baseball and soccer will begin.

Our Alma Mater

"In the heart of Carolina,
'Neath its skies of blue,
Stands our Noble Alma Mater,
Glorious to view.
Classic in her broad proportions,
Looks she proudly down
Reared against the arch of heaven,
With the stars for crown.

Lift the chorus, speed it onward; Let it never cease;
Hail to thee, our Alma Mater; Hail, all hail, to Peace!"

Words by Miss. Martha McCorkle and Miss. Nannie Carrington Dinwiddie, Peace Institute Instructor and daughter of the second Peace President, James Dinwiddie (1870 - 1907)