William Peace University

William Peace University

Raleigh, NC
student ratio
total students
$23,700 | $23,700
in-state | out-of-state tuition
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
Moderately Difficult
admission difficulty
Average test scores for all first-year students that were accepted and enrolled.
sat math
sat reading
sat writing
act composite


William Peace University -- Located in the Heart of Downtown Raleigh, NC

William Peace University is a four-year private university located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The university offers innovative academic programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. The institution was founded in 1857 and named for founding benefactor William Peace.

WPU believes that everyone should have access to a quality education at an affordable price. That's why 100 percent of the university's students receive financial aid. In 2015, WPU was named among the most successful colleges for graduating low-income black students, according to an article written by Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Ivory A. Toldson, PhD. The article, which was published by The Root Magazine, a publication that focuses on black news, opinion, politics, and culture, praises WPU, along with 22 other higher education institutions, including five HBCUs, for having "shown great success at graduating more than 50 percent of black students without a lot of fanfare or high-priced tuitions."

William Peace University has been ranked among the nation's best in value-added gains from the Collegiate Learning Assessment. The nationally employed assessment measures the improvement in critical thinking and analytical writing test scores of individual students between their freshman and senior years to determine how much they have learned while enrolled. WPU students also rank the university's academic programs among the best in the nation (National Survey of Student Engagement).

WPU is ranked No. 1 in the nation when it comes to colleges with the highest rate of internships, according to "U.S. News & World Report." On average, more than 90 percent of the University's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. In fact, WPU's job and graduate school placement rate exceeds the national job placement average of 59 percent reported in 2011-2012 by the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Career Services Benchmark Survey. In 2014, WPU reported a placement rate of 97 percent of graduates within a year of graduation.

WPU hosts athletics teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball. There are more than 30 student-led clubs, organizations and publications, and students complete thousands of hours of community service every year.

WPU is located in downtown Raleigh. Restaurants, bars, as well as retail and entertainment venues are just a short walk away.

Majors Available at William Peace University

The educational experience at WPU goes beyond the classroom. WPU teaches students the skills necessary to succeed in both their professional and private lives. On average, more than 90% of graduates begin careers or pursue higher education within a year of their graduations.

William Peace University offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Science (BS), and Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degrees in 18 majors, along with a variety of minor and concentration options. WPU faculty members use collaborative learning techniques that develop problem-solving skills and knowledge within a respectful and supportive learning environment. For a full list of majors and concentrations, just head to www.peace.edu.

The new core curriculum at WPU emphasizes basic knowledge needed beyond graduation. There are mandatory courses in personal financial management, media literacy, public speaking, and four years of writing courses taught by English faculty members.

A series of three classes focusing on career and professional development is a requirement for each student. Through the Portfolio Development Seminar, students will learn how to construct resumes, build portfolios, interview for jobs, or apply for graduate school.

An academic internship related to each student's major is required, with the goal of combining educational theory with job experience. Sixty percent of Peace graduates report that their college internship experiences result in job offers.

Students' skilled advisers for all four years will help them to explore careers, assist with decision-making, and provide personal attention to all areas of college life, both academic and social.

The School of Professional Studies Offers Evening, Online, and Saturday Programs

The School of Professional Studies offers accelerated degree programs with flexible schedules designed for busy adults. Students can enroll in a degree program or take courses to meet their own personal or professional goals.

William Peace University offers four evening, online, and Saturday degrees through the School of Professional Studies: the BS in Business Administration (BSBA), the BA in Education, the BA in Liberal Studies, and the BA in Psychology. Teacher licensure is also available. Courses are taught by experienced faculty members in 7-week, accelerated formats, and include many opportunities for individualized academic advising throughout the program.

Every School of Professional Studies graduate has lifetime access to Career Services at William Peace University. Trained advisers work individually with each student and graduate, helping them chart the next step in their professional lives.

The School of Professional Studies at William Peace University gives students the opportunity to earn private school educations at prices they can afford. At only $275 per credit, with no fees, the School of Professional Studies offers a tuition rate that is among the most competitive in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Financial Aid Opportunities at William Peace University

William Peace University believes everyone should have access to a college education. Again, that's why 100 percent of the university's students receive financial aid. In fact, in 2014-15, the University awarded more than $22 million dollars in financial aid.

Every accepted student is automatically considered for merit and need-based aid (with a submitted FAFSA). The university also offers academic awards for the performing arts, community service, leadership, extracurricular activities, and more.

The financial aid office compiles individualized aid packages for students that include all grants, loans, scholarships, and work-study awards for which they may be eligible. Scholarships and grants offered through the university include academic achievement scholarships, tuition assistance grants, departmental scholarships, and transfer merit grants. Monthly payment plans are also available.

Through a combination of financial aid packaging, pursuit of scholarship and grant opportunities, and on-campus work-study jobs, WPU works to make its educational program is available to all qualified students, regardless of financial need.

Raleigh -- A City of Opportunity

William Peace University offers the comfort of a small school with all the possibilities of a big city. WPU is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina, near the state capital city's Glenwood South entertainment and shopping district, and just a few blocks away from the state Capitol and General Assembly. From campus, it's an easy stroll -- or a free bus ride -- to the heart of the City of Oaks, its political pulse, and its rich and varied museums, music halls, restaurants, theaters, and nightlife. Students can observe the state legislature in session, dine downtown in popular cafés, attend concerts, or enjoy live theatre at the REP and NCSU.

Raleigh is consistently regarded as one of the nation's best places to live for its economic, cultural, and professional opportunities. In addition to being named the No. 1 ranking in "BusinessWeek's" list of America's 50 Best Cities in 2011, Raleigh was also ranked one of the top five Hottest Job Markets for Young Adults, a Top 10 Technology Town, and a Top 10 City for Singles.

One corner of the Research Triangle, Raleigh is home to more than 100,000 college students, and is a hub for high-tech, job-producing industries. Students have many opportunities for entertainment and cultural enrichment, including concert halls, museums, shopping, and major league, minor league, and college sports games.

Location & Contact

15 East Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604-1194

Office of Admissions

Phone: 919-508-2214
Fax: 919-508-2326
Email: admission@peace.edu

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Campus Life

  • Housing
    • College-owned housing available Yes
    • Housing Requirements None
    • Housing options Female-only and Coed housing 
    • Percentage of undergraduate students who live in college-owned housing 64%
  • Student Activities
    • Student-run campus newspaper Yes
    • Drama / theater group Yes
    • Student-run radio station No
    • Student-run television station No
    • Marching band No
    • Choral groups Yes
  • Student Services
    • Legal services No
    • Health clinic Yes
    • Personal / psychological counseling Yes
    • Women's center No
  • Student Organizations
    • Greek fraternities No
    • Greek sororities No
    • Local fraternities Yes
    • Local sororities Yes
    • Other organizations Not Reported
    • Most popular organizations Campus Activities Board, Society of Human Resource Management, Residence Hall Association, Peace Student Government Association, Multicultural Student Association
  • Campus Security and Safety
    • 24-hour emergency telephone / alarm services Yes
    • 24-hour patrols by trained officers Yes
    • Students patrols Not Reported
    • Late-night transport / escort services Yes
    • Electronically-operated dormitory entrances Yes
    • Other Not Reported

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Biological/life sciences
    • Biology/Biological Sciences
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Communication/Journalism
    • Communication
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Education
    • Education
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • English
    • English
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Writing
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Interdisciplinary studies
    • International/Global Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Pre-Law Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Liberal arts/general studies
    • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Natural resources/environmental science
    • Environmental Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Psychology
    • Psychology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Social sciences
    • Anthropology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Political Science and Government Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Dramatic/Theater Arts
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Game and Interactive Media Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Musical Theater
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Theater/Theater Arts Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.


Member of the: NCAA Division III
  • Men's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf No Division 3 No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No No No
    • Tennis No No No
    • Volleyball No No No
    • Baseball No Division 3 No
  • Women's Sports
    • Sport Intramural Intercollegiate Scholarship
    • Basketball No Division 3 No
    • Cross-country running No Division 3 No
    • Golf No No No
    • Soccer No Division 3 No
    • Softball No Division 3 No
    • Tennis No Division 3 No
    • Volleyball No Division 3 No


63% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied1,542
    • Accepted970
    • Acceptance Rate63%
    • Enrolled1,077
    • Female Applicants1,036
    • Females Accepted657
    • Female Acceptance Rate63%
    • Male Applicants506
    • Males Accepted313
    • Male Acceptance Rate61%
  • Applying
    • Application Fee$35
    • Required for All Transcript of high school record
      Minimum high school GPA of 2
      Dean's Evaluation (transfers)
    • Required for Some
    • Average high school GPA for first-year freshman3.17
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Application Closing Notification Date Rolling Admissions
    • Fall freshmen Yes
    • Out-of-state Fall freshmen Yes
    • Early decision plan Not Reported
    • Other early decision plan Not Reported
    • Transfer Yes
  • Test Scores Accepted
    • Test Average School Accepted 25th Percentile* 75th Percentile*
    • SAT Critical Reading 390 500
    • SAT Math 400 490
    • SAT Writing
    • ACT Composite 16 21
    • * 25th and 75th percentile is the score that 25/75 percent of students score at or below.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition
    • In-state tuition *$23,700
    • Out-of-state tuition *$23,700
    • In-district tuitionN/A
    • * Tuition costs are based on a full academic year typically extending from September to June.
  • Fees
    • Full-time student fees$200
    • Room and board *$9,900
    • Room only *Not Reported
    • * Room and board charges vary according to board plan selected (i.e., 12-meal plan, 19-meal plan, etc.) and student level (freshman, sophomore, etc.)
  • Other Payment Considerations
    • Guaranteed tuition plan offeredNo
    • Tuition pre-payment planNo
    • Tuition payment plans offeredInstallments
    • Student groups that qualify for full or partial waiver of tuitionEmployees or children of employees

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Undergraduate Students1,077
    • Male Student Percentage34%
    • Female Student Percentage66%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic/Latino2.97%
    • Black or African American32.13%
    • White or Caucasian44.75%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native.84%
    • Asian2.23%
    • Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.19%
    • Two or more races2.14%
    • Unknown14.76%
  • Other Student Statistics
    • International BreakoutNot Reported
    • Out-of-state Students13% out-of-state student


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty153
    • Full-time Percentage17%
    • Part-time Percentage83%
    • Female Percentage57%
    • Male Percentage43%
    • Student:Faculty Ratio13:1 or 961 students to 75 faculty