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William Peace University

Raleigh, NC 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate52%
Acceptance Rate52%

About William Peace University

What you should know about WPU is the word "community." When people share why they chose WPU, that's often the first word they say. "Community" here means a small campus in a thriving downtown. It means a place where you can find the courage and confidence to do well in class and also lead student groups. Community means professors who know your name and care about your success. Community is our world of immersive learning, meaning classwork outside the classroom. If you're looking for the right fit for college, consider WPU.

William Peace University Overview

William Peace University is a private, religious school in the urban setting of Raleigh, North Carolina. William Peace University was founded in 1857 and the school enrolls around 742 students a year, including 742 undergrads. William Peace University ensures on-campus housing for up to 404 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from William Peace University by October 1.

There are many ways for students to get involved at William Peace University!

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of William Peace University's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? William Peace University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

William Peace University does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? William Peace University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at William Peace University on the Student Life page.

2022 William Peace University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 52%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 15%
Tuition $32,550
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $32,195

Is William Peace University a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these factors to get a clearer idea of what William Peace University offers and if the school seems like the right college for you.

William Peace University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into William Peace University. William Peace University admitted 52% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 1,223 applications received in 2022, 637 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at William Peace University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It gauges how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Approximately 77% of first-year, full-time undergrads who start at William Peace Universityare still enrolled the next year. Around 42% of students who started at William Peace University earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook William Peace University Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from William Peace University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. Within six months of graduating, 52% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent William Peace University grads have an average starting salary of $38,933 a year. The average starting salary for all 2021 graduates was around $60,000 a year, though these numbers vary widely by major.

William Peace University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

William Peace University's endowment was valued at $56 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at William Peace University

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $32,195 a year.

The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2022 was around $26,078 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at William Peace University.

Based on this information, is William Peace University the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is William Peace University a good school for you?

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Where is William Peace University Located?

William Peace University is located in the urban setting of Raleigh, North Carolina, less than an hour from Raleigh-Cary.

If you want to see William Peace University for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 40 and/or Interstate 440 to Raleigh, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Raleigh-Durham International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what William Peace University and Raleigh are like without leaving home.

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College Info

William Peace University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to William Peace University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to William Peace University is Continuous processing.

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William Peace University ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 26

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William Peace University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1095 - 1205


Math SAT Range

540 - 625


Reading SAT Range

538 - 605

William Peace University Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at William Peace University is like? There are approximately 742 students enrolled at William Peace University. 85% percent of students attend school full-time, 84% percent are from NC and 16% percent of students are from other states.


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