William Peace University

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15 E. Peace Street

Raleigh, NC 27604-1194

Phone: (919) 508-2000
2012-2013 Tuition
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National Liberal Arts Colleges

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William Peace University is a private institution that was founded in 1857. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 791, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 21 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. William Peace University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, Tier 2. Its tuition and fees are $23,900 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

William Peace University is a four-year private university located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The University has made bold strides to meet the challenges of higher education in the 21st century, and it offers innovative academic programs rooted in the liberal arts tradition to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. William Peace University students develop an appreciation for lifelong learning, pursue meaningful careers, and build skills for ethical citizenship.

Bachelor of Arts degrees are offered in biology, communication, education, English, liberal studies, political science, pre-law, psychology, simulation and game design, and theatre. In addition, Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in biology and business administration. William Peace University also offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in musical theatre, and several minors and concentrations in fields such as anthropology, criminal justice, global studies, graphic design, religion, Spanish and Sports Management.

A new core curriculum includes courses in personal financial management, media literacy, and four years of writing courses within the English department. Students are also required to take a series of three classes focusing on career and professional development and an academic internship related to their major.

Academic and dormitory facilities are networked with wireless Internet service. Computer laboratories, the library, and the student publications area are equipped with state-of-the-art computer hardware and software. Other specialized computer laboratories are available in the biology, chemistry, media, theatre, and visual communication departments. The recital hall and theater host a multitude of performances, plays, exhibits, and speaker series.

WPU hosts athletic 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. If you don't feel like walking, a step away is a stop for the R-Line, a free bus service in the downtown area that connects students to restaurants as well as retail and entertainment venues. The State Capitol, Legislative Building, State Library, North Carolina Symphony and several museums lie within a few blocks of the campus.

Raleigh is consistently ranked in the top for its green space and cultural performance, as well as being a top technology town and the hottest job market for young adults. On average, 90 percent of William Peace University graduates find jobs or are enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1857
Religious affiliation Presbyterian Church (USA)
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $40,201,040


When applying to William Peace University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at William Peace University is $25. It is less selective, with an acceptance rate of 61 percent and an early acceptance rate of 27.7 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity less selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 61.0%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at William Peace University is 14:1, and the school has 54.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at William Peace University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; and Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 67.3 percent.

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Student-faculty ratio 14:1
4-year graduation rate 32%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 31%
Psychology 15%
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 12%
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 8%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 8%

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Student Life

William Peace University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 791, with a gender distribution of 17.2 percent male students and 82.8 percent female students. At this school, 51 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 49 percent of students live off campus. William Peace University is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 791
Student gender distribution
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Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
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Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
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Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

William Peace University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, and health service. William Peace University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at William Peace University, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at William Peace University.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered No

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Tuition and fees $23,900 (2012-13)
Room and board $9,000 (2012-13)
Financial aid statistics N/A

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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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