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, ongoing academic support through tutoring, plus an internship program, WPU is determined to set students up for success.

About Our Internship Program

Nearly 100 percent of our traditional undergraduate students intern or complete a professional experience while at WPU. We work hard to help students find internships that help encourage growth and hands-on learning.

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.

Areas of the Center for Student Success 

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

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 Instructor. These team members help you navigate your first year at WPU and ensure a successful transition.Students study in the Collaboratory at WPU.

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.

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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.

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.

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 (Summer and Fall)
  • First Year Seminar: FYS 100
  • Pacer Success Series
  • Academic Advising
  • Living on Campus
  • Academic Convocation
  • Traditions Dinner
  • Purpose at Peace

WPU students have access to the Lucy Cooper Finch Library, a place where you can study, read, relax, and grab a good cup of joe to stay awake during exam time.

The WPU Library doesn’t just offer you books; it has much more. Students can check out laptops, tablets, and even video cameras. The library features a computer lab, quiet work spaces, printers, and study rooms equipped with LCD presentation monitors for group sessions.

  • Articles
  • Books (of course!)
  • Computer Work Stations
  • WiFi
  • Study Spaces
  • Tutoring Center
  • Printers/Copiers
  • TVs
  • DVD Players
  • Tablets
  • Video Cameras
  • Coffee Shop
  • Food Bar

Online Resources & Research Databases

As a WPU student, you have access to virtually every digital, academic research tool at your fingertips. Need help with your research? We have professional librarians on-hand who are ready to help you one-on-one. Easily gain access to thousands of articles and publications with national research databases such as JSTOR, LexisNexis, and the NY Times archives – just to name a few.

You’ll also have access to research at surrounding institutions as part of the Interlibrary Loan Program and our partnership with Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC).

Students can access library databases, find resources, and check current hours, and get help on the Library's PacerNet page.

Meet the CSS Team

Jennifer Anderson, Assistant Director of Academic Advising
Assistant Director of Academic Advising
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Director of Retention & First Year Experience
Erin Guarine, Academic Advisor
Academic Advisor
Jessica Pryor
Assistant Director of Career Development & Internships
Director of Academic Support
Jalesa Sutton, Dean of Student Success
Dean of Student Success

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

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