WPU at a Glance

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, you will develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.

Former SGA President Jacob Ennis ’17 has a message for future Pacers

More WPU At-a-Glance

Explore Our Programs of Study
  • Academics

    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 career

    Our students are engaged in their classes
    28+
    majors, minors, and concentrations
    Top 10%
    Nationally in Effective Teaching (NSSE)
    73%+
    of full-time faculty have terminal degrees
  • Campus Life

    We're an oasis nestled in the corner of a thriving metropolitan area with boundless opportunities for careers and fun

    Joining a club or activity is a great way to become a part of campus
    10+
    Intramural Sports
    400+
    Students Living On Campus
    20+
    Acres of Campus Downtown
  • Pacer Athletics

    WPU competes for national championships in and out of the classroom. We offer many different men's and women's NCAA Division III sports

    WPU offers nine different NCAA Division III sports
    50+
    NCAA Athletics Home Games Each Year
    180+
    NCAA Student-Athletes on Campus
    18
    total men's & women's NCAA DIII sports teams
  • Adult Studies Programs

    As a professional adult student, you get a flexible array of degree options. Take advantage of online, night, and even Saturday courses

    WPU offers flexible degree options for working adults
    #14
    Best Online School in NC (Accredited Schools Online)
    $325
    Per Credit Hour
    #7
    Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (Best College Values)

Facts Extended

  • Nearly 30 majors offered at the traditional undergraduate level
  • Nearly 10 accelerated undergraduate degree programs for adult professionals
  • 100% of students graduate with an internship
  • 96+% of grads are employed or enter post graduate studies programs within a year of graduating
  • Nearly 70% of students land jobs directly through their internship
  • More than 73% of full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree
  • Ranked in the top 10% nationally in “Effective Teaching” (National Survey of Student Engagement)
  • Ranked in the top 10% nationally in “Learning Strategies” (National Survey of Student Engagement)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1
  • All students taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
  • 18 total men’s & women’s NCAA DIII sports teams
  • 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
  • Founded in 1857 as Peace Institute
  • Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years
  • 2016-17 traditional undergraduate enrollment: 56% female/44% male; 46% White, non-Hispanic; 31% Black, non-Hispanic; 11% Unknown, 7% Hispanic; 1% Asian/Pacific Islander; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2% two or more ethnicities; .1% nonresident alien
  • 2016-17 adult professional enrollment: 70% female/30% male; 46% White, non-Hispanic; 38% Black, non-Hispanic; 7% Unknown, 5% Hispanic; 2% Asian/Pacific Islander; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2% two or more ethnicities; .4% nonresident alien
WPU Alum, Christian Gray trains young ball players.
“My time at WPU was excellent. I was able to develop not only as a young man but most importantly as a professional. The professors and support staff do a tremendous job of making sure students become connected within the outside community and professional world.”
Christian Gray '14
Professional Basketball Trainer/Youth Advocate
Psychology Major