Student Consumer Information

This page includes helpful information for the WPU consumer, most notably parents and students. Below, you will find detailed and up-to-date information on the following:

  • Diversity
  • Degree Programs
  • Graduation Rates
  • Retention Rates
  • Job Placement Rates
  • Student Handbook & Policies
  • Title IX

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COVID-19 Related Support | HEERF /CARES Act

William Peace University is pleased to offer students the opportunity to receive financial assistance through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds, as part of the CARES Act. As required by the Department of Education, WPU signed and returned the Certification and Agreement to the Department of Education. WPU intends to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students. The total amount of funds that the institution has received from the Department of Education for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students is $503,169. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students as emergency grants under the CARES Act as of September 24, 2020 the total is $473,001 to 127 students. The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act is 688. Students are receiving grants for COVID-19 related expenses incurred for Cost of Attendance items, which include transportation, technology, room, board, and personal expenses. William Peace University is sending correspondence to each recipient, via email, indicating that the funds will be available within 10 business days either by direct deposit or check. Instructions for direct deposit set up are included in the correspondence. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive from the Department of Education for the institutional portion of the CARES Act is $503,169. As of June 11, 2020, the funds are in the process of being allocated.

Student Body Diversity

In the fall of 2016, total enrollment was 1,034 as reported to IPEDs, including both traditional undergraduates and professional adults enrolled in the School of Professional Studies (SPS).

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Traditional Undergraduate 

Of the traditional undergraduate population, 56% were female and 44% were male. Of traditional day students, roughly 31% were Black, non-Hispanic; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 1% Asian/Pacific Islander; 7% Hispanic; 46% White, non-Hispanic; 11% Unknown; and .1% Nonresident alien.

School of Professional Studies

Of professional adults enrolled in SPS, 70% were female and 30% were male. Of professional adults, roughly 38% were Black, non-Hispanic; 1% American Indian/Alaska Native; 2% Asian/Pacific Islander; 5% Hispanic; 45% White, non-Hispanic; 7% Unknown; and .4% Nonresident alien.

Degree Programs

Programs that blend academia with applications in the professional world enable you to build knowledge in the subject matter while also gaining relevant skills. Choose a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degree program in any of 26 majors. Or, if you are an adult student with competing obligations, the School of Professional Studies offers flexible options for you to begin or continue your college education.

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Completion/Graduation Rates

William Peace University’s graduation rates for students entering in 2009 are*:

  • 4-year graduation rate: 25%
  • 6-year graduation rate: 43%

*updated according to IPEDS report scheduling

Retention Rate
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2015 was 70%
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2014 was 59%
  • Retention of first-time, full-time, degree seeking undergraduates for those students entering fall of 2013 was 60%
Placement in Employment

The WPU Office of Career Services annually reports further education/job placement information. Methodology is filed with the following departments: Office of Student Services, Office of Academic Affairs, every Academic Major Program, and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Disclosures of placement rates for publications are provided to the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Admissions by request.

Job Placement Rates

For the Class of 2015, 96% of WPU graduates either gained employment or continued their education in attending graduate, medical, or law school. Data was based on a University questionnaire answered by 78% of 2015 graduates, collected 12 months following graduation.

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Information on methodology of placement rates is provided to the Office of Communications and Marketing and the Office of Admissions annually. Information given to prospective students and parents at Open Houses and as requested provides the methodology of data collection: i.e., data collected 12 months post-graduation with a response rate if written on all information from Career Services.

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Student Handbook & Policies

WPU is committed to creating an educational and developmental process that balances the needs of the individual student with the needs of the community as a whole. By becoming a WPU student, you automatically consent to helping carry out our missions, vision, and values, which include upholding strong, ethical principles and personal character.

State Authorization

State Authorization is a legal issue dealing with a college’s adherence to state requirements for colleges to secure authorization to offer instruction in that state. Compliance with individual state requirements is now part of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, Amended 2010. Colleges and universities offering distance education courses or programs are required to provide current and prospective students with the contact information for filing complaints with the educational institution, with its accrediting agency, and with the state agencies that handle complaints in students’ states of residence.

Students may reference the NC-SARA website to verify that William Peace University (WPU) is authorized to offer Distance Learning courses in their state. Registration of students from states not included in NC-SARA may require additional time and information so please allow additional time for this process.

Students residing outside of the State of North Carolina while taking online courses from WPU who desire to resolve an academic grievance or complaint should first follow WPU’s Student Complaint Process.

William Peace University Student Complaint Process

WPU undergraduate students who wish to resolve an academic grievance or complaint should first follow the university’s Student Complaint Process, as detailed on pages 45-46 of the Student HandbookWPU’s Grievance Form is available online.

Miss Bobbie Cole, Director of Residence Life & Housing
15 E.Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
(919) 508-2014

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaint Information

If the grievance cannot be resolved within the university, students may contact the Licensure Division of the University of North Carolina System Office, which serves as the official state entity to receive complaints concerning post-secondary institutions that are authorized to operate in North Carolina. After reviewing the complaint policy, students can complete a complaint form and submit it either to or via mail at:.

North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Complaints
c/o Student Complaints
University of North Carolina General Administration
910 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688
(919) 962-4550
Post-Secondary Education Complaints in North Carolina

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Student Complaint Information

In the event that a complaint still has not been satisfactorily addressed, a complaint may next be filed with the university’s accrediting agency. William Peace University is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. After reviewing the complaint policies, procedures, and form, complainants may contact SACSCOC at:

1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097

State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement – North Carolina Complaint Information

Students may also contact the offices of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement – North Carolina (SARANC) via the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority (NCSEAA), North Carolina’s portal entity for the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). Upon reviewing the complaint process, students may complete the complaint form and submit it either via or to:

SARA North Carolina Director
PO Box 14103
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
(855) 727-2162 – toll free
(919) 248-4667 – local
(919) 248-6667 – fax

State-By-State Complaint Information

Students may also be able to pursue a complaint via agencies in their state of residence. For contact details, refer to the list below.

State-By-State Contact Information

Professional Licensure

WPU does not currently offer any online degree programs that lead to licensure or certification.

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