Pfeiffer University is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church that was founded in 1885 from the Oberlin Home and School. In 1903, after the Women’s Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church agreed to assume responsibility for the Oberlin prodiverty. The Oberlin school was renamed the Ebenezer Mitchell Home and School. Due to the expanding need of community members, a junior college curriculum was added in 1928, and the school was renamed Mitchell Junior College. Later, in 1960, Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer funded the construction of four brick buildings and President’s Home which allowed the school to broaden its program to include senior college. By 1996, the Board of Trustees voted to reorganize Pfeiffer’s academic structure towards university status. The school continued to expand and in 1977, a Charlotte campus opened.
Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Bachelor's and Master’s degrees. In addition to overall accreditation, the Music and Teacher Education programs have each received specialized accreditation. The mission of Pfeiffer University is to promote the attainment of full academic and personal potential through accessible undergraduate, graduate and adult study programs. The main campus of Pfeiffer University is located in Misenheimer, North Carolina. There are also two other campuses located in Charlotte and Morrisville, North Carolina.
Potential students wanting to apply to Pfeiffer University can do so through an online application that needs to be sent in with a non-refundable fee of $35. All interested applicants need to also provide all past transcripts, SAT or ACT scores and their GPA. Pfeiffer University accepts about 60% of students who apply. Of the students who are accepted at Pfeiffer University, about 23% decide to attend. Students who do decide to attend Pfeiffer University chose to come back for a second year at a rate of 69%. Of students who are enrolled full-time, 37% graduated within the standard four years it is expected to take to earn a bachelor’s degree and 45% graduated within six years.
There are a total of 2,020 students who currently go to Pfeiffer University, 1,002 of which are graduate level students. Students who come to Pfeiffer University come from within of the state of North Carolina at a rate of 69% with the remaining 31% being made up of 25% out-of-state students and 6% international students. The majority of students take at least 12 credit hours per semester with 92% full-time students and only 8% part-time students. The student body is comprised of 43% male students and 57% female students. There is some diversity with 63% of students being white and 19%, 4% and 1% of the student body representing African American, Hispanic and Asian students respectively. Students represent two or more ethnicities at a rate of 2%. There are 1,338 students who are considered to be adult learners and are over the age of 24.
There are six divisions of study available to Pfeiffer University students. The academic divisions of study are:
- Arts and Sciences
- Health-Related Programs
- Professional Advancement and Degree Completion
- The Graduate School
Within these academic divisions, there are 37 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees. For students who have a hectic schedule and may not be able to fit in traditional in class learning, Pfeiffer University offers 28 courses through a distance learning program.
There are 157 faculty members at Pfeiffer University, all of which are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members are exdiverts in their fields and typically hold their highest degree in their field. Class sizes are average due to a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
When not in class, students at Pfeiffer University have a variety of options for on campus involvement. Student organizations at Pfeiffer University help to provide a significant impact in providing leadership opportunities for students while encouraging student participation and networking with peers and easing the transition from educational pursuits to advancement in the professional community. There are diverse activity offerings with 39 current student organizations. The types of available student activities are:
- Special Interest Clubs
- Social Clubs
- Community Service Organizations
- Academic Clubs
- Religious Clubs
To help students meet the cost of tuition, there is an on-campus financial aid office that can provide information for tuition payment plans and can help student’s acquire scholarships, loans and grants. Currently, 94% of students receive either grant or scholarship aid. In addition to those who receive grant or scholarship aid, 76% of students also receive federal student loans.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:982
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