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, you will develop an appreciation for life-long learning, a focus on meaningful careers, and skills for ethical citizenship.

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Explore Our Programs of Study
  • Academics

    With a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1, you get the hands-on learning you need to be successful in both your life and career

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    of full-time faculty have terminal degrees
    Top 10%
    Nationally in Effective Teaching Practices (NSSE)
    majors + minors
  • Campus Life

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

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

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

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    NCAA Athletics Home Games Each Year
    NCAA Student-Athletes on Campus
    total men's & women's NCAA DIII sports teams
  • 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

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    Per Credit Hour
    Degrees Offered Online and Evenings
    Most Affordable Online Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice (Best College Values)

Facts Extended

  • Nearly 30 majors offered at the traditional undergraduate level
  • Nearly 10 accelerated undergraduate degree programs for adult professionals
  • Internships are built into our curriculum
  • 96+% of grads are employed or enter post graduate studies programs within a year of graduating
  • Nearly 65% of students land jobs directly through their internship
  • More than 73% of full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree
  • Ranked in the top 10% nationally in “Effective Teaching” (National Survey of Student Engagement)
  • Ranked in the top 10% nationally in “Learning Strategies” (National Survey of Student Engagement)
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1
  • All students taught by faculty (no teaching assistants)
  • 18 total men’s & women’s NCAA DIII sports teams
  • 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
  • Founded in 1857 as Peace Institute
  • Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church for more than 150 years
  • 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
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“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
Professional Basketball Trainer/Youth Advocate
Psychology Major