William Peace University

William Peace University

William Peace University is a regionally-ranked, award-winning institution located in one of the best cities: downtown Raleigh, NC. 

What makes us different: 
-We're not afraid to adapt. WPU has changed a lot during its more than 165 years. We continue to add new majors and programs to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. 
- Our students receive a high-quality, private education for the cost of a public college education at, on average, $20,000/year after scholarships. 
-Our graduates are in demand: Our placement rate is 96% within one year of graduation. 
-Nearly 100% of our students receive some form of financial aid.
-"Community" is the word you hear most often. WPU provides a culture that values diversity, fosters an energized team environment, builds on our strengths, promotes creativity and innovation, and encourages inclusiveness, respect, and open communication by leading with our actions. 

Academic Programs

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Design
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Government/Political Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Science
  • Social Science

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Distance/online learning
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • Military/Veteran Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • ROTC Program
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


WPU receives applications on a rolling basis so that you can apply anytime. However, we recommend you apply by March 1 for the Fall Term and November 1 for the Spring Term.

We review applications holistically. That means that while GPA and test scores (optional) are important, we want to know all about you as a person and a community member to get the complete picture of who you are — in and out of the classroom. While optional, submitting 1-2 letters of recommendation, a personal essay, and a co-curricular resume is a good idea. Those items help the Admission Committee when making admissions determinations.

To give you a sense of the strength of our enrolling students, last year's class had a mid-50 % SAT range of 1095-1205, ACT of 21-26, and an average GPA of 3.67. Remember that those are averages and ranges but should provide a good perspective.

For more information, visit https://www.peace.edu/admissions-aid/apply/


  • WPU is transfer friendly: We accept up to 90 credits from other institutions. 
  • If you're transferring from a North Carolina institution, it's even easier — many of your gen ed requirements will be covered, making it easy for you to earn in a degree in two years or fewer! 
  • Get a free transfer credit evaluation before you apply - Contact us.

Additional Information

At WPU, almost all students receive merit scholarships with no additional application or essays. These scholarships range from $4,000 - $17,000, are stackable with other types of WPU scholarships and are renewable for all four years of study. Our students pay, on average, $20,000/year, including tuition, room, board, and books! 

Visit us

Sometimes, you know a university is right for you because of how it feels. We hear that a lot at WPU. 

You can only learn so much from brochures or the website. That's why we recommend you visit several college campuses, maybe more than once. You need to understand what life is like at your potential future home.  

At WPU, we offer many visit options:
-Campus Tours
-Information Sessions
-Video Tours
-Virtual Applications Sessions
-Open Houses 

During your on-campus visit, you'll meet a student ambassador who can answer any of your questions about life on campus. You'll also see faculty and staff. While visiting, we hope you'll dig in and ask questions: Ask why they chose WPU and about their experience. 

You can make an appointment to talk to an admission counselor during your tour. That counselor will be an advocate for you with the Admission Committee should you choose to apply.

For all the visit options, go to https://www.peace.edu/admissions-aid/plan-a-visit/

Being a first-generation college student from a single-parent household, the fear of not being able to go to college because of finances was always scary to me. The financial aid team gave me and my mother a chance to ask questions and understand the routes we could take to pay for college. This helped both of us feel less worried about the financial aspect of coming to WPU.

Kiera Williams, Student, Class of 2023
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15 East Peace Street
Raleigh, NC 27604, United States of America

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