The Wellness Center at William Peace University

May 19, 2020

A valuable resource and support services for students of WPU


“Successful people use resources. Using resources is not a sign of weakness—it’s a sign of strength.”

At William Peace University (WPU), wellness comes in many forms. The Wellness Center offers a range of services to help students achieve wellness in college and build a foundation to take with them when they leave. Nicole Davis, LCMHS is the director of the Wellness Center and has been with WPU since 2012. She works with her team to help students find the value in wellness and provide quality services to match.

“I love providing mental health care and life support for college-age students because they are in such a challenging and exciting time of life transition. They come in as teenagers and leave as adults who have matured and are ready to begin a life of independence,” says Davis. 

Davis oversees the Wellness Center’s three main services: professional counseling, support for students with disabilities and general health services.

Health Services

Health services focus on the physical health of students. A professional medical staff is available to students to assess and treat most minor illnesses like sore throats, sinus infections and stomach viruses. They can also test for more serious ailments such as mononucleosis and the flu. Twice a month, health professionals from Wake County Health and Human Services come to campus to administer free and confidential STI testing. When a student requires specialized care, the Wellness Center is able to refer them off-campus, however, most needs can be addressed directly. 

The Wellness Center also runs the Pacer Pantry, a place for students to access free groceries and personal care items. The pantry not only caters to students’ physical needs but aims to reduce the negative effects of food insecurity on mental health. 

Counseling Services

The Wellness Center provides students with short-term mental health care. Each student has access to 10 counseling sessions per academic year. These sessions address a variety of challenges, ranging from stress, loneliness and academic demands to depression, anxiety and other mental health diagnoses. 

Sessions are limited to ensure that all WPU students can access these resources. If additional care is needed, counselors will work with students to find an outside provider. The Wellness Center can then work with this provider as an on-campus touchpoint. For students with barriers to off-campus resources, the Wellness Center is flexible with the session limit. 

“As the stigma of mental health has come down, we see more and more students reaching out for support,” says Davis. “We also see students bringing their friends over, which is really nice.” 

But the stigma still exists. The Wellness Center works to ensure patient confidentiality and create a welcoming environment so that all WPU students feel comfortable coming in, especially those in traditionally underrepresented groups. 

“It is good to note that we have drop-in hours. While we see students by appointment, every day from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. a counselor is available for a brief, solution-focused session, and then [we might] schedule a long term follow-up session,” Davis adds.

Disability Services

Students come to WPU with an assortment of physical, psychiatric, cognitive and developmental disabilities. The Wellness Center guarantees all students equal access to their living and learning environments by offering individualized support to those with functional limitations, ensuring each student has a chance to succeed. 

“We are seeing more and more students coming to college with disabilities, which is wonderful. Many have already been through the school system and had different accommodations in place, so we try to continue that. We also work with them on self-advocacy, so when they leave WPU and go into the workforce, they are able to advocate for themselves,” says Davis. 

The first step in self-advocacy is self-identification. Davis encourages students to inform the Wellness Center of disabilities during the admissions process. Even if a student does not want to use accommodations, it is helpful to simply be connected with the Wellness Center. 

The Wellness Center most commonly deals with academic accommodations. Once an academic accommodation plan is established, the student and their professors work together to implement it. The Wellness Center offers support and validation along the way. 

Wellness Across Campus

The Wellness Center collaborates with offices across WPU’s campus to provide students with valuable services throughout their college life. 

Davis’s team works with the Center for Student Success, which includes the Academic and Tutoring Center and First Year Experience to deliver educational workshops about mental health. The Wellness Center also connects with Dining Services to promote healthy eating as well as Student Support Services to create programming that promotes wellness throughout a student’s life. The Wellness Center recently partnered with Residential Life to develop an emotional support animal policy for students living in residence halls. In past semesters, the Wellness Center has brought to therapy animals to campus during midterms and final exams to students’ delight. 

Wellness in Challenging Times

Even though WPU’s classes and activities were transitioned off campus by the COVID-19 pandemic, Davis has still found ways to bring the student body together. The Wellness Center launched Coping with COVID-19 to help students work through the recent changes and uncertainties.

“We did an online support group this spring after students left campus to give them a place to talk. We did not have much of an agenda at all; we just gave students a chance and a place to talk about how their lives have been changed, and I think it was helpful,” Davis says.

All of these efforts come together to build a community of wellness at WPU, which Davis describes as the best part of her job. 

“I am really proud of the community we have at WPU,” she says. “More than once, we’ve seen first-year students come into the Wellness Center and their [school] experience up to that point has not been positive; they’ve not found their friend group, or maybe they’ve even experienced bullying. They come to WPU, and they are able to find community.” 

Her advice to students? Don’t be afraid to take advantage of WPU’s resources.

“Successful people use resources. Using resources is not a sign of weakness—it’s a sign of strength.”


Give Courageously to Peace

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.
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
a student uses a laptop on a green bench at William Peace University

Give Now

Support future Pacer success. 


Become a Corporate Partner

Find out how your organization can collaborate with Peace.


Whether you’re hoping to attend WPU or hosting an event, you’re welcome to visit WPU! 

Wedding at WPU
Phantom in downtown Raleigh

Conferences and Events

Host your conference, event, or wedding at WPU.

Location and Directions

Get directions, our address, a campus map, and hotel discount information.


Learn about WPU and all it has to offer so you can guide your students to the best fit for their next step. 

Admissions Info

Meet and connect with our Admissions team.

Schedule a Visit

Learn about our processes and schedule a visit.


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. 

Alumni outside at WPU
Roses float in the campus fountain after an alumni event.
Building at WPU

Get Involved

Stay connected to Peace.


Contribute to the success of future Pacers.

General Info

Read about alumni benefits.


Families are an integral part of a student’s path to WPU. Find answers to your questions here. 

Two WPU students work together on a project during class

Student Success: Why Choose WPU?

Learn about the value of an education at WPU.

Billing and Due Dates

Questions about your student’s enrollment or billing? Start here.

Current Students

Already a Pacer? Here’s your quick path to information, links, and other useful stuff.

Group of students talking
Students high-fiving each other

Current Students

Missing something? Can’t find a link? Start here.

Current Parents and Families

Is your student a Pacer? Here’s where to get information and contacts.

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.

Three WPU students walk through a brick archway on campus.
Three students discuss their work during class.
Older gentleman at a computer

First Time in College

Your WPU education will help you build practical skills for your future.

Transfer Students

Transfer up to 90 credit hours from any institution. 

Working Professionals

Enhance your existing career.

A WPU student works on a video game in the new esports and gaming lab on campus.
Woman in army green typing at computer
Two female international students


If you previously attended WPU and are ready to return, start here. 


Learn more about how to apply the GI bill.

International Students

Find out how to attend WPU.


WPU has a long history as one of the city’s oldest universities. Find out more about our institution in the heart of downtown Raleigh. 

2023 Student Showcase
Staff Pumpkin Painting


Through 160 years, William Peace University has evolved to meet the changing needs of the students we serve.


William Peace University is a small, private institution located in downtown Raleigh, NC.

Work at WPU

Join our team and see why William Peace University was voted one of the Triangle’s Best Places to Work!

DEI Staff
Design Rendering of WPU

Contact Us

Contact the University

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Learn about DEI at WPU.

Mission, Vision, and Values

Learn about WPU core tenets. 

Student Life

Whether you want to know more about on-campus events or see our residence halls, get a sense of what life is like as a student at WPU.

WPU Student on bouncy slide
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
WPU Safety Officer

Clubs, Activities and Events

Discover what’s fun at WPU.

Housing & Dining

When people say that WPU “feels like home,” we think that’s the ultimate compliment.

Safety & Security

The Office of Public Safety is committed to providing a community-friendly approach to enhancing campus safety for students, faculty and staff.

Dining room at Peace
A WPU student sits with his friends while eating at Belk dining hall.
Health and wellness at WPU


Cheer on your Pacers at their next home game.

Student Support Services

Find out how the WPU team supports the whole you.

Health and Wellness

Learn about physical and mental health services available to students.


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.

A student in WPU's online School of Professional Studies works on her homework.
2023 Internship Showcase

Immersive Learning

Find out about WPU’s unique approach to learning.

Center for Student Success

Peer tutoring, a first-year success program, and an internship program are just part of why Pacers succeed. 


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

Before you apply:

Admissions team
students walking on campus
A student reviews scholarship and payment information in the financial aid office.

Connect with an Admission Couneslor

They’ll be your guide through the process.

Visit Campus

Get a feel for campus life.

Understand Costs

Find out about Financial aid and other options to pay for college.