Welcome to WPU

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.

If you are looking for a different type of college experience – one that is rooted in the liberal arts but committed to building skills for 21st century careers – William Peace University might be for you.

If you’re willing to take an active role in our learning community and apply yourself in and out of the classroom, our innovative approach to education could help you shine. If you like the vibe of a busy, modern city but you also appreciate historic charm and green space, our downtown Raleigh campus might just feel like home.

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Why Choose WPU?

Academic programs that are hands-on, skill-developing, and experiential.

Small class sizes, professors who mentor (and truly care!) and an innovative academic approach that’s driven by results.

Our students gain unique experience with immersive learning opportunities through innovative partnerships with businesses like the Carolina Hurricanes

WPU Traditional Undergraduate Majors

  • Arts Administration
  • Musical Theatre
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Business Analytics
  • Leadership & Nonprofit Administration
  • Marketing
  • Education: Middle School English
  • Education: Middle School Science
  • Education: Middle School Social Science
  • Elementary Education
  • Elementary Special Education
Social Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • English
  • Global Studies
  • History & American Studies
  • Liberal Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Writing
  • Biology
  • Environmental Studies
  • Exercise & Sport Science
  • Simulation & Game Design

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WPU offers some of the most competitive financial aid packages in the southeast. We invite you to explore the process to learn how we can help lower your cost of attending college.

When you’re happy as a student, we’re happy as an institution.

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WPU At-a-Glance

  • Career & Life Success

    The numbers don't lie. WPU offers one of the most unique learning opportunities in the country, combining academics with career experiences

    WPU students are prepared to take on the world
    of students land jobs directly through internships
    of recent grads are employed or in graduate school within a year of graduation
    of traditional students complete an internship
  • Hands-On Academics

    Expert faculty who teach a liberal arts core curriculum with modern, career-driven focused results gives you an academic experience second to none

    Our experienced faculty are hands-on
    student to faculty ratio
    of full-time faculty have terminal degrees
    Top 10%
    Nationally in Effective Teaching Practices (NSSE)
  • Our Students

    Our learning community is remarkable in its diversity, but our students share a common desire to think bigger, not only for themselves but for our world, too. Does that sound like you?

    WPU student performs on campus.
    total men's & women's NCAA DIII athletics teams
    Undergraduate & Adult Learners at William Peace
    of students live in campus housing
  • #OurRaleigh

    Live the metropolitan life in downtown Raleigh, NC. Our unique location allows for endless career opportunities coupled with an exciting & vibrant student experience . You won't get bored here

    Live the metropolitan life at WPU
    On Forbes list of "America's Next Boom Towns" 2016
    "Millennial Boomtown" - Magnify Money
    "Best City to Have a College Degree" - Business Insider
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