William Peace University Continues Trend of High Employment/Graduate School Placement Rate for Recent Graduates

For Second Consecutive Year, Four-Year Baccalaureate Finds 97 Percent Employment/Graduate School Placement Rate for Graduates

RALEIGH-DURHAM, N.C., June 23, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- William Peace University, (http://www.peace.edu/) a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, is proud to announce the release of its 2014 University graduate data which revealed an employment/further education placement rate of 97 percent. Data was based on a University questionnaire which was answered by 76 percent of graduates and was collected 12 months following graduation. Statistics of both full-time and part-time employment were included. The statistic of 97 percent is the third highest employment/graduate school placement rate for the University since data began being collected in 2000, and marks the second straight year in which the University has achieved a 97 percent placement rate.

As part of career preparation, all students participate in the Professional Development Seminar, a series of three classes that focus on career and professional readiness. In these courses, students learn career planning and job search strategies including skills in resume writing and participating in mock interviews. Throughout the process, students develop an electronic portfolio which demonstrates their skills and accomplishments, culminated by an internship requirement that combines education and job experience. In fact, in October 2013, U.S. News & World Report ranked William Peace University No. 1 in the country among schools that produced the largest percentage of interns.

"We are very proud of the class of 2014," said Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services at William Peace University. "The students were well prepared to be successful in their respective careers and we wish them the best."

"We are extremely thrilled to see results such as this," said Debra M. Townsley, President of William Peace University. "We have hit the 97 percent mark for two straight years, and we consistently stay above 90 percent in regards to that statistic. This indicates something special is going on here at William Peace University. The success of our students is truly our mission."







William Peace University is located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all-women's college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor's students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. 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 fact, the University is ranked No. 1 in the nation among colleges with the highest rate of internships, according to a 2013 study conducted by U.S. News & World Report. For more information on WPU, please visit www.peace.edu.


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