About

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.

Welcome to William Peace University. Where your story really begins.

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An Overview of William Peace University

WPU At-a-Glance

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  • 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?

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    16
    Total Men's & Women's NCAA DIII Sports Teams
    7,000+
    Hours of Community Service
    1,000+
    Undergraduate & Adult Learners at William Peace
  • Success After Peace

    Results don’t lie – Peace graduates are uniquely prepared for what comes next, whether it’s furthering their education or beginning their career.

    WPU grads are ready the next steps
    67%
    Students land jobs directly through internship experience
    96%
    WPU Grads found jobs in their field or went to grad school within a year of graduating
    #1
    In rate of internships nationwide
  • #OurRaleigh

    We’re not just in Raleigh; we’re part of Raleigh. That means access to a wealth of opportunities that make your college experience both enjoyable and successful!

    WPU is entrenched in the heart of downtown Raleigh
    #3
    America's Best Cities for Young Professionals
    #5
    On Forbes list of "America's Next Boom Towns" 2016
    #4
    "Best Places to Live in the US", U.S. News & World Report
  • Innovative Academics

    What’s the recipe for WPU student success? A skills-enhancing core curriculum, individual attention from dedicated faculty and lots of hands-on experience in your major.

    WPU offers innovative academics
    26+
    majors, minors, and concentrations
    Top 10%
    Nationally for Student Engagement (NSSE)
    73%
    of full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree

Private non-doctoral institutions, such as WPU, play a large role in producing graduates with high-quality baccalaureate degrees — and they do so more effectively and at a much lower cost to taxpayers than comparable public institutions.

Students who switched from a public to a comparable private institution would, in most cases, graduate more quickly, resulting in additional savings.

“Matched private nondoctoral colleges and universities have a 22 percentage point edge over comparable public institutions in four-year graduation rates and nearly a 12-point advantage in six-year graduation rates.”

Source: The Council of Independent Colleges

Read the CIC’s Annual Report

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#PeopleOfPeace

“I am thrilled to officially be a part of the Peace family, and I look forward to helping this great institution continue to grow and prosper.”

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D.
President, William Peace University

Our History

William Peace University has played a central role in education in this region since its founding as Peace Institute in 1857.

From our roots as primary and secondary schools, then a women’s college, Peace has grown with the city of Raleigh into the four-year, baccalaureate institution it is today, ushering in the modern era by becoming co-educational, achieving university status and honoring our founder with his full name.

Learn More About WPU History

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