November 29, 2021

Catfish contaminated by PCBs are heading downstream, which may be putting Raleigh residents at risk. And WPU biology students are figuring out why. PCBs are artificial organic chemicals used in manufa …

November 29, 2021

Liz Rieth Willard G. Ross, Chief Strategy and Talent Officer at Coastal Credit Union, courageously gives to WPU as a member of the Board of Trustees and Chairman of the WPU Foundation Board. Decades a …

November 18, 2021

Leigh Anne Ivey’s family stands with WPU President Ralph near the iconic fountain. Left to right: Brian Ralph, Roger Sims, Celia Sims, husband Rich Ivey and best friend Cary Allman Schmid ’08. William …

November 15, 2021

WPU has a new way to get an MBA — and it’s not just for business majors.  Through a new partnership, you can get a WPU bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Meredith College in just five years. The way it …

November 10, 2021

RALEIGH, NC – Lincolnton native Zyon Ross, a sophomore at William Peace University majoring in Musical Theatre, has received a $3,200 UPS Scholarship for the current academic year. The scholarship is …

November 9, 2021

For high school students who love learning about and interacting with the natural world, getting a bachelor’s degree in Biology can be an exciting choice. Whether you want to be a biology teacher, a l …

November 8, 2021

Thanks to donors’ generous support of the Loyalty Fund, William Peace University faculty and staff were able to provide the resources needed to educate students in an engaging classroom environment, d …

November 8, 2021

Alumni & Friends,  If courage doesn’t jump out to you in this year’s Impact Report posts, then we have missed our intent. The last year has provided an opportunity for our Peace community to recog …

November 8, 2021

William Peace University cordially invites Raleigh residents to join in the spirit of the holiday season for a service and tree lighting ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Led by WPU Chaplain Lee Carter, t …

November 5, 2021

Thanks to the generous support of the Believe in Peace Strategic Plan, campus leaders had the resources to support campus during one of the most challenging academic years in history. Funds donated to …

November 5, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Raleigh Community is invited to join, in person or online, the Annual State of the University Address by William Peace University President Brian C. Ralph.  The event will take pla …

November 3, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — William Peace University men’s soccer has earned a title win — a first for the men’s program in school history. The team is set to compete in the semifinals of the USA South Conference …

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November 2, 2021

“FAFSA” and “fun” aren’t two words you’ll hear in the same sentence. But attending a college means figuring out a way to pay for it, and the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is a criti …

October 29, 2021

Grayson Rose, a senior in political science, spent the weekend playing a simulation game. While that might not sound strange, this one was for class credit.  Rose and 19 other William Peace University …

October 27, 2021

Note: This post appears as an article in the Annual Impact Report mailed to alumni and friends. Through scholarships like the Lynn Kendrick Erdman ’75 Nursing Scholarship, students like Barbi Cox ’21 …

October 26, 2021

William Peace University’s Education Degree is one of the fastest-growing programs at the school. WPU offers an elementary education program that not only prepares graduates to be elementary school te …

Sport and Fitness Studies
October 19, 2021

Most people who pursue a career in the health and wellness industry want to share their passion for sports and fitness with others. To be successful, though, they need a well-rounded knowledge of heal …

October 14, 2021

The William Peace University Foundation aids and fosters promotion and donor contributions for the financial support and growth of WPU. The Foundation Board of Directors determines activities, program …

October 11, 2021

Free Application Week is coming up Oct. 18-22. During one week each year about this time, WPU and many other North Carolina universities and colleges waive their application fees.  Most students apply …

October 5, 2021

Getting a college degree continues to be the number one way to build a career and enjoy financial security throughout your lifetime. However, many of today’s would-be college students are unsure about …

Business Analytics
September 22, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — William Peace University (WPU) and Meredith College have partnered to create an accelerated program for students seeking both an undergraduate degree and an MBA in Raleigh. With the ne …

September 21, 2021

When you’re trying to decide on what to major in for college, or you’re considering going back to school to finish an undergraduate degree, thinking about your own happiness in a course of study is ve …

September 19, 2021

Thank you to our 2020-2021 Star Alumni!  One of the most important factors determining the strength of a university is the vibrancy of its alumni body. A connected and engaged alumni community is vita …

September 15, 2021

RALEIGH, N.C. — International speaker and Peacemaker Robi Damelin will speak to William Peace University (WPU) students ahead of International Peace Day. Damelin is the Israeli spokesperson and Direct …

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