Student Consumer Information

This page includes helpful information for the WPU consumer, most notably parents and students.

Student Body Diversity

In the fall of 2023, total enrollment was 730, including both traditional undergraduates and professional adults enrolled in the School of Professional Studies (SPS).

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Traditional Undergraduate

Of the traditional undergraduate population, 41% were female and 59% were male.

Of traditional day students, roughly 18% were Black, non-Hispanic; 13% Hispanic; <1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 1% Asian/Asian American; 0% Hawaiian Pacific Islander; 55% White, non-Hispanic; 8% Two or more races; 4% Unknown; and 1% Nonresident alien.

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School of Professional Studies

Of professional adults enrolled in SPS, 84% were female, and 16% were male.

Of professional adults, roughly 36% were Black, non-Hispanic; 10% Hispanic; 43% White, non-Hispanic; 1% Alaska Native/Native American; 6% Asian/Asian American; 3% two or more races; 0% Hawaiian Pacific Islander; 1% Unknown; and 1% Nonresident.

Degree Programs

Programs that blend academia with applications in the professional world enable you to build knowledge in the subject matter while also gaining relevant skills. Choose a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in any of dozens of majors. Or, if you are an adult student with competing obligations, the School of Professional Studies offers flexible options for you to begin or continue your college education.

Student Achievement

WPU monitors several metrics to demonstrate success with respect to student achievement.

Completion/Graduation Rates

William Peace University’s graduation rates for students entering in 2016 are*:

  • 4-year graduation rate: 31%
    6-year graduation rate: 43%

*updated according to IPEDS report scheduling

Retention Rates

  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2020 was 77%
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2019 was 74%
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2018 was 66%
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2017 was 65%

Placement in Employment

The WPU Office of Career Services annually reports further education/job placement information. Methodology is filed with the following departments: Office of Student Services, Office of Academic Affairs, every Academic Major Program, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Disclosures of placement rates for publications are provided to the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Admissions by request.

Information on methodology of placement rates is provided to the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Admissions annually. Information given to prospective students and parents at Open Houses and as requested provides the methodology of data collection: i.e., data collected 12 months post-graduation with a response rate if written on all information from Career Services.

For the Class of 2022, 96% of WPU graduates from the traditional undergraduate program either gained employment or continued their education. Data was based on First Destination Survey data collected from 80% of 2022 graduates 12 months following graduation.

Student Handbook & Policies

WPU is committed to creating an educational and developmental process that balances the needs of the individual student with the needs of the community as a whole. By becoming a WPU student, you automatically consent to helping carry out our missions, vision, and values, which include upholding strong, ethical principles and personal character.

Professional Licensure

William Peace University’s Teacher Education Program is approved by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  The Education Department offers two Bachelor of Arts degree programs (Elementary Education with Licensure and Elementary and Special Education with Dual Licensure) and six educational licensure only programs (Adapted Curriculum Licensure, Elementary Licensure, Dual Licensure – Elementary Education and Special Education, Elementary Residency Licensure, Special Education: General Curriculum Residency Licensure, and Special Education Adapted Curriculum Residency Licensure) that lead to licensure in North Carolina. A Bachelor of Arts in Education without Licensure is also offered with the Department of Education.

North Carolina is a participant in the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement, which facilitates the mobility of educators among the states.  NASDTEC makes it possible for an educator who completed an approved program or license in one state to earn a license in another state.  Although there may be additional requirements applicable to individual states, the NASDTEC agreement makes it possible for individuals who have completed an approved Educator Preparation Program (EPP) to obtain a license in another participating state.  Additional requirements may include coursework, assessments, or classroom experience. Map for Licensure Agencies: This map will help you to locate the main website for a state’s licensure agency. Each state has different licensure requirements. 

Each state is responsible for its own licensure requirements, which may change without notice to NASDTEC, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, or William Peace University.  Therefore, prospective teacher candidates are encouraged to contact your state’s office of teacher licensure to get the most up to date and accurate information on teacher licensure requirements. The attached spreadsheet outlines William Peace University’s determination of whether our program meets the State educational requirements for licensure or certification in the state listed.  The determination is based on the following categories:

    Yes= meets state educational requirements for licensure or certification,

    No= does not meet state educational requirements for licensure or certification, or

    No Determination= a determination has not been made.

It is a best practice to obtain a teaching license in the state where you completed your Educator Preparation Program before pursuing licensure in another state.

Specific questions may be directed to:
Dr. Amanda Bock
Associate Professor of Special Education
15 E Peace Street Raleigh, NC 27604

State Licensing Board Contact Information

COVID-19 Related Support | HEERF/CARES Act

William Peace University was pleased to offer students the opportunity to receive financial assistance through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, as part of the CARES Act. As required by the Department of Education, WPU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. WPU intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

For HEERF I grants, students had to complete a request for funds, providing documentation of their expenses related to the COVID-19 disruption. Students were required to be enrolled in at least one in-person course at WPU as of March 13, 2020 and have a hardship or expense that was related to COVID-19. HEERF II was based on an equal distribution plan that focused on the neediest students. Criteria was based on spring 2021 enrollment of one credit hour or greater and an expected family contribution (EFC) less than or equal to $10,000. HEERF II was based on an equal distribution of $1250 to each eligible student. HEERF III was distributed based on a tiered awarding system that allowed for equitable distribution of funds to all enrolled students based on EFC and credit hours that focused on and prioritized the neediest students. HEERF III grants ranged from $200 – $3000. William Peace University sent correspondence to each recipient, via email, indicating that the funds will be available within 10 business days either by direct deposit or check. Instructions for direct deposit setup was included in the correspondence.

The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $2,430,742. The University has distributed Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students as emergency grants under the CARES Act broken up by the following quarters: $272,827 between 3/13/20-6/30/20 (to 76 students, 855 were eligible to apply); $201,940 between 7/1/20-9/30/20 (to 51 students, 855 were eligible to apply); $11,767 between 10/1/20-12/31/20 (to 6 students, 855 were eligible to apply); $516,170 between 1/1/21-3/31/21 (to 409 students, out of 409 eligible students); $3,634 between 4/1/21-6/30/21 (to 3 students, out of 3 eligible students); and $1,346,030 between 7/1/21-9/30/21 (to 703 students, out of 709 eligible students); $3,000 between 10/1/21-12/31/21 (to 5 students out of 5 eligible); $66,874 between 1/1/22-3/31/22 (to 25 students out of 720 eligible), and $8500 between 4/1/22-6/30/22 (to 7 students out of 209 eligible). A total of 940 individual students received HEERF grants during the quarters reported.

Quarterly Reports

The institution received $2,985,871 under Section 18004(a)(1) for the institutional portion of the law and $238,623 under Section 18004(a)(2) under the Strengthening Institutions Program of the law. See quarterly reports as follows:

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