Center for Student Success

At William Peace University, we’re proud to say that 96% of our traditional undergraduate students are employed or enrolled in graduate programs within one year of Commencement. 

One of the many ways we do that is through our Center for Student Success (CSS), which offers several areas to help students succeed, from when they arrive on campus to long after graduation. From our amazing advising team to a special prep course for first-year students, plus an internship program, WPU is determined to set students up for success. 

About Our Internship Program

100 percent of our traditional undergraduate students intern or complete a professional experience while at WPU. Internships are built into the curriculum, which is why we work hard to help students find internships that help them grow and learn. 

The WPU internship program is extremely successful in preparing students for the next steps after graduation: 

  • The average overall work performance of interns, evaluated directly by their supervisors, is 4.76 out of 5. 
  • 97% of supervisors would consider their intern for permanent employment if there was an opening that the intern was qualified for.
  • 97% of supervisors want to continue sponsoring interns from WPU.
  • 97% of student interns would recommend their internship to other students.
  • 99% of interns feel better prepared to enter the workforce as a result of their internship.

Employers: Post a Job or Internship for WPU Students

  • Academic and Career Advising
    Time and time again, we hear that WPU graduates are uniquely prepared for what comes next, whether that means postgraduate study or their first career position. You don’t just graduate ready without planning. 

    Year after year, students report high satisfaction with advising at WPU. In fact, we regularly outperform other universities in our region and nationwide when it comes to advising. Our advising team helps students map out courses for college, explore major and career interests, connects them with internships, and assists with resume help, mock interviews, and more. WPU builds these things into the curriculum to ensure success.  

    •  Major exploration and selection
    • Course scheduling
    • Understanding graduation requirements, academic policies, etc. 
    • Troubleshooting issues in and out of the classroom
    • General student success
    • Career development including resumes, cover letters, interview skills, job search, etc. 
    • Internship preparation and success 
    • Connection to individualized opportunities 

    student_computer_labWPU provides the Handshake platform to students free of charge. Handshake is the largest early career network, helping millions of students from all backgrounds get hired and launch their careers with no connections, experience, or luck required. The Handshake community includes 18 million students and young alumni from 1,400 educational institutions, including four-year colleges, community colleges, boot camps, and 290+ minority-serving institutions. Its platform connects up-and-coming talent across all 50 states with 600,000+ employers recruiting on Handshake – from every Fortune 500 company to thousands of small businesses, nonprofits, startups, and more.

  • Peer Tutoring
    Worried that a class could be tough? The WPU Tutoring Center has your back.CRLA logo

    College can sometimes be overwhelming, especially in the classroom. Sometimes, students need a little help, and that’s okay. Peer tutoring is: 

    • Free with tuition. 
    • One-on-one support from a student nominated by faculty.
    • Each peer tutor receives 10 hours of training.
    • Our Peer Tutoring program is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), an internationally accrediting organization.
    • Tutors work with you on notetaking, resources, and study help for your class.

  • First Year Experience
    You only get one first year of college, so let’s make the best of it!

    Student success is tied to the first critical year of college. That’s why WPU intentionally creates a special “First Year Experience.” We want to engage students in the campus’s academic and social communities and provide students the mental and emotional support they need to succeed.Annual WPU Purpose at Peace fair 2022

    The First Year Experience is so many things. Here are just some of the things we do to transition you to life as a Pacer.

    • New Student Orientation
    • Pathways to Peace 
    • First Year Seminar: FYS 100 
    • Pacer Success Series 
    • Academic Advising
    • Living on Campus
    • Academic Convocation
    • Traditions Dinner
    • Purpose at Peace

    Peer Mentoring

    What is a Peer Mentor? 

    At WPU, you will become part of a rich, intentionally created mentoring culture —from day one. Every student is paired with a Peer Mentor (upper-class student) and a First Year Mentor (an Instructor). These mentors help you navigate your first year at WPU and ensure a successful transition.

    Our Peer Mentors are nominated by faculty and accept the role because they are interested in guiding and supporting first-year students in their transition. They hold office hours and invite new students to ask questions, share their challenges, and assist with homework. 

    The Peer Mentorship program helps each student in the way they most need it. It meets them where they are. I have mentored students through highs and lows such as homesickness, time management, becoming involved in Peace, contacting resources, facing adversity and more. No matter who somebody is, there is always a way the mentorship program can aid them, and it is amazing to see the growth of students becoming their own people and the relief of having a trusting confidant. – Megan McAnany, Peer Mentor 

  • Employers: Post a Job or Internship
    If you are an employer, here is how to post a job or internship for WPU students via this page

Contact Us

Need help? Reach out to css@peace.edu.