WPU at a Glance

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.

Our mission is to prepare you for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. Rooted in the liberal arts tradition, our students develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.

  • Career & Life Success
    With a 96% job/graduate school placement rate, our results speak for themselves.

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  • Innovative Academics
    Curriculum that’s rooted in the liberal arts, but coupled with a modern approach and focus on career placement, you can’t go wrong with WPU. Choose from more than 24 majors, minors, and concentrations.

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  • Hands-On Learning
    WPU is ranked in the top 10% nationally for student engagement, according to the National Student Survey for Engagement. With data like that, it’s easy to see our faculty cares.

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  • Adult & Professional Studies Programs
    Looking to take the next step in your career, but don’t know where to begin? Getting a degree from WPU is a great start.

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SGA President Jacob Ennis ’17 has a message for future Pacers

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  • Academics

    With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, you get the hands-on learning you need to be successful in both your life and career

    WPU grads are prepared for a successful life and career
    Top 10%
    Nationally for Student Engagement (NSSE)
    of full-time faculty hold a doctoral degree
    majors, minors, and concentrations
  • Campus Life

    We're an oasis nestled in the corner of a thriving metropolitan area with boundless opportunities for careers and fun

    Intramural Sports
    Students Living On Campus
    Acres of Campus Downtown
  • Pacer Athletics

    WPU competes for national championships in and out of the classroom. We offer seven different men's and women's NCAA Division III sports

    WPU offers nine different NCAA Division III sports
    Total Men's & Women's NCAA DIII Sports Teams
    NCAA Student-Athletes on Campus
    NCAA Athletics Home Games Each Year
  • Adult Studies Programs

    As a professional adult student, you get a flexible array of degree options. Take advantage of online, night, and even Saturday courses

    WPU offers flexible degree options for working adults
    Per Credit Hour
    Best Online School in NC (Accredited Schools Online)
    Degrees Offered Online, at Night, or on Saturday

More Facts

  • Founded in 1857 as Peace Institute
  • Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years
  • All students taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
  • Access to classes and library facilities at five local colleges and universities through the Cooperating Raleigh Colleges Consortium
  • Study abroad opportunities include short-term faculty-led trips, semester abroad programs and summer programs
  • 2016-17 traditional undergraduate enrollment: 56% female/44% male; 46% White, non-Hispanic; 31% Black, non-Hispanic; 11% Unknown, 7% Hispanic; 1% Asian/Pacific Islander; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2% two or more ethnicities; .1% nonresident alien
  • 2016-17 adult professional enrollment: 70% female/30% male; 46% White, non-Hispanic; 38% Black, non-Hispanic; 7% Unknown, 5% Hispanic; 2% Asian/Pacific Islander; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2% two or more ethnicities; .4% nonresident alien

“My time at WPU was excellent. I was able to develop not only as a young man but most importantly as a professional. The professors and support staff do a tremendous job of making sure students become connected within the outside community and professional world.”

Christian Gray ’14