After more than 150 years of operation as Peace Institute and Peace College, a small liberal arts institution in Raleigh, North Carolina, opens its 2012 school year as William Peace University. Student living began at the institution in in 1857, and soon after, the campus' historic Main Building was commandeered by the Confederate Army early in the Civil War, and used as a hospital. After the war, Peace College reemerged as an institution for women, making it one of the oldest in the U.S. Beginning in 2012, when the school will be branded as William Peace University, the institution will also accept men for enrollment in degree programs and in student housing.
The school's location in downtown Raleigh is set in an exciting area for student living. Several colleges and universities dot the area, contributing to a collegial environment that benefits from popular theaters, museums, and local hangouts. Many William Peace University students choose to rent off campus housing in this neighborhood, as a way to experience Raliegh's riches with greater ease.
With about 700 students divided between dormitories and university apartments, William Peace University offers an expansive curriculum that indulges a variety of intellectual curiosities. Exclusively and undergraduate institution, the school confers bachelor's degrees in 17 academic majors, including communications, in which nearly one-fourth of all students are enrolled. Other disciplines include liberal arts mainstays like biology, English, and theater, to recent additions, such as Leadership Studies, politics and public affairs, and graphic design.
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