First Time In College

Finishing high school and ready for a downtown Raleigh university? Here’s where to start. WPU is your home away from home, a dynamic and diverse learning community.

Congrats on taking the next big step in your life! Choosing a college or university and applying can feel overwhelming. Below, you’ll find ways to learn about WPU and information on how to apply.

I’m ready to apply:

We’re so excited you’ve chosen to apply to WPU!

What to Know

  • Simpler Process: WPU has simplified the application process to be more holistic and inclusive of student strengths and accomplishments.
  • Test Optional: Students have the choice to submit SAT/ACT scores or to showcase their individual strengths in other ways.
  • Rolling Admissions: We do not have an admissions deadline, though we encourage you to apply by May 1 for the easiest transition to university.
  • A Relationship with Your Counselor – Each applicant is personally reviewed and evaluated by our team. When someone applies to WPU, we are on a first-name basis, and there is always a personal connection.

Get started with the steps below.

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Step 1


Option 1

Apply using the WPU application. Each applicant is personally reviewed and evaluated by our team.

Option 2

First time in college students can use the Common Application to apply to WPU.

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Step 2


Option 1

Email or mail us your official high school transcript

William Peace University
Office of Admissions
15 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Option 2

Request Transcripts through CFNC

Option 3

Submit Transcripts through Parchment

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Step 3

Apply for FAFSA

Apply for Financial Aid. Use code 002953 when filing to have your FAFSA sent to WPU.

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Step 4

Submit Test Scores

Option 1

Email or mail us your official SAT/ACT scores.

William Peace University
Office of Admissions
15 E. Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604

Option 2

When you take these tests, you can also submit your scores directly to us by using the codes below.

SAT: 005533
ACT: 3136

Frequently Asked Questions


Once we receive all your application documents, we typically render a decision in 1-2 weeks. If you have any questions about the process, please contact your admissions counselor for help.


No, you should not round up; you are expected to submit your unweighted GPA as it appears on your high school transcript.


Our admissions is based on a rolling admissions process that does not include deadlines. We accept and review applications year-round and typically have a decision back within 2 weeks of submitting your application.


Yes! We offer a variety of merit-based scholarships ranging from $4,000 to $18,000. Merit-based scholarships are awarded by admissions, but additional talent scholarships may be offered through your major or the Honors program.  Additional need-based scholarships are awarded by The Office of Financial Aid and are based on the FAFSA. Find more information on theScholarships page


Yes! Find our Common App page here.




We will review other parts of your application such as the strength of your academic program. The level of rigor in the courses you have taken is a core component of our review process. We also consider GPA, personal qualifications, short answer questions, co-curricular activities, community involvement, and overall potential for success.


No, you will apply as a Second Undergraduate Degree-seeking student. Your application will require an official transcript(s) from every college you attended.


You will apply as a Non-Degree Seeking Student. Depending on the course you would like to take, you may need to submit a high school transcript and/or a college transcript proving the ability to comprehend and successfully complete the course. Be advised, that Non-Degree seeking students enroll in less than 6 credit hours per semester and do not qualify for William Peace University-provided financial aid.


You will apply as a Readmit Student. If you have enrolled in another college after William Peace University, you will need to submit an official copy of your transcript from any and all school(s) attended. You do not need to request a transcript from WPU; we will provide it for you.


CONGRATULATIONS! You’re on your way to becoming a Pacer. Get your next steps here or contact your admissions counselor, who can guide you through the process and answer any questions.


Yes. Even though you may be transferring up to an associate’s degree, this is the first time after high school that you are enrolling in college; therefore, you will still apply as a freshman. You are technically considered a freshman with advanced standing. Even though you have college credits, you will be required to fulfill our first-year seminar.


Yes. You will need to include documentation of the incident, resolution, and a personal statement. Please contact your admissions counselor to discuss details and specific documentation.


Yes, in fact, taking these rigorous courses greatly strengthens your application for admission!

After admission, courses and exams will be reviewed for college credit. Exam scores are required in order to award college credit. You can ask your admission counselor for information.


When you apply, we will need:

  • A Completed Application
  • A High School Transcript* (or transcripts from previous colleges)
  • Official Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT) – Optional
  • Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements, Resumes, and other supporting documents will be considered but are not required.

To be admitted, students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA. WPU offers the following options for students who do not qualify:

Guaranteed Admission Program (GAP)
Students will be offered admission for the following spring term, provided they enroll in an accredited college or university in the fall, take a minimum of 12 credit hours, and maintain a 2.0 GPA at mid-year.

Guaranteed Transfer Program (GTP)
Students will be offered admission for the following fall term, provided they enroll in an accredited college or university for the following academic year, take a minimum of 12 credit hours/semester, and maintain a 2.0 overall GPA.


High School students must complete the following:

  • English: 4 (four) units
  • Math: 4 (four) units (Algebra I, II, Geometry, & Advanced Math)
  • Science: 3 (three) units (2 (two) lab sciences)
  • Social Science: 3 (three) units

To be considered for admissions a student MUST submit the following:

  • Completed Application
  • High School Transcript

Students MAY also submit:

  • Official Standardized Test Scores (SAT/ACT). Students have the choice to submit SAT/ACT scores, or showcase their individual strengths in other ways. If you decide to submit your official SAT/ACT scores, our SAT school code is 005533 and our ACT school code is 3136.
  • Letters of Recommendation, Personal Statements, Resumes, and other supporting documents.

The federal government typically releases the FAFSA Oct. 1 of the student’s senior year. Access the FAFSA.

William Peace’s School Code is 002953.


WPU offers rolling admissions, meaning we accept applications throughout a student’s senior year; however, we encourage an application by March 1 for the fall term and November 15 for the spring term.

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Thanks to the generosity of William Peace University supporters, current and future WPU students have access to the resources needed to learn through immersive experiences, build upon their courage and develop the confidence needed to turn passion into purpose.
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Our success as an institution has always been rooted in the strength of our community. As an integral part of that community, we invite alumni to stay informed and connected. 

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Future Students

Welcome to William Peace University! We offer programs for both traditional undergraduate students and online/hybrid classes through our School of Professional Studies. Find your path to WPU here.

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WPU offers a mix of more than 30 degree programs and additional minors. Our courses are four credit hours each, and every course features immersive learning experiences.

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Start here to find out how to apply, visit, and learn more about WPU.

Before you apply:

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