William Peace University William Peace University

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William Peace University

William Peace University is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina and has a rich history and has seen many changes since its founding in 1857 as Peace Institute. Once only an all-girls school, Peace began offering admitting male students to its day program in the fall of 2012. Its student body has grown tremendously (1,000+ students), but the institution maintains its core values of hands-on learning and career preparedness.

Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university’s graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. In 2013 alone, 97 percent of WPU graduates were placed in jobs (according to 2014 University data).

Business Administration and Management, Generalx  
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Otherx  
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Otherx  
Communication and Media Studies, Otherx  
Communication, Generalx  
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Otherx  
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administrationx  
Criminal Justice/Police Sciencex  
Education, Generalx  
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Early Childhood Special Education Programsx  
Education/Teaching of Individuals in Elementary Special Education Programsx  
English Compositionx  
English Language and Literature, Generalx  
Game and Interactive Media Designx  
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Otherx  
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studiesx  
Musical Theatrex  
Political Science and Government, Generalx  
Pre-Dentistry Studiesx  
Pre-Law Studiesx  
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studiesx  
Pre-Nursing Studiesx  
Pre-Veterinary Studiesx  
Psychology, Generalx  
Theatre/Theatre Arts Managementx  

Academic Life

The educational experience at Peace goes beyond the classroom. Classes incorporate pre-professional and liberal arts components and each major is unique because the programs offer flexible pairings and specialized concentrations within each major.

The school’s new core curriculum stresses the basic knowledge needed beyond graduation. Mandatory courses in personal finance management, media literacy, and four years of writing courses within the English department make for a more successful student.

WPU also requires a series of three classes focusing on career and professional development. Within this Professional Development Series, students will learn how to construct a resumé, build a portfolio, interview for a job or apply for graduate school.

One of the university’s graduation requirements is that students complete an internship related to their major. It combines educational theory with the real world job experience. More than 60 percent of WPU graduates report their college internships result in job offers. A student’s knowledge can also be expanded through a study abroad program related to their major where they complete both academic and community service activities.

Campus Life

Raleigh is nationally ranked as one of the top five Hottest Job Markets for Young Adults, a Top Ten Technology Town and one of the most vibrant sports areas in this nation. From campus, it’s an easy stroll or free bus ride to downtown’s rich and varied museums, music halls, restaurants, theaters and nightlife.  WPU offers more than 30 student clubs and organizations, and a wide variety of student activities.

Athletics / Sports

WPU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III and of the USA South Athletic Conference. The school promotes a spirit of participation and a love for sports where women can choose from basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, tennis and volleyball. Men can choose from baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, and tennis.

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