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Pfeiffer University is a private higher learning institution with a small student population of 1,277, of which 70% are undergraduates. The university was founded in 1885 and located in rural Misenheimer, NC, not far from Charlotte. Campuses also exist in Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte. The Misenheimer campus is home to traditional undergraduate degree programs along with a few graduate degrees. Charlotte primarily hosts graduate degree programs and a professional advancement center. At Raleigh-Durham, marriage and family therapy programs are the center of educational offerings.

Overview of Pfeiffer University

Students enjoy all Pfeiffer locations for the engaging liberal arts academic approach and their affiliation with the United Methodist Church. Faculty work diligently to prepare graduates to be leaders while in pursuit of educational opportunities throughout their lifetimes. To assist students with all aspects of their academic and career endeavors, each student participates in the Pfeiffer Journey all four years. The program offers mentorship, and a number of additional support systems are in place to ensure long-term success in life including retreats, seminars, personal growth events, and professional development activities.

In addition to education-related preparation, sports are also available in NCAA Division III, as well as daily sports opportunities such as golf, soccer, tennis, volleyball, track, baseball, basketball, and more. Students will also be assigned a faculty mentor and a peer mentor to help keep individuals on track and assist in daily life struggles, from roommate resolutions to determining the right course load. Real-life experience is also available in the form of externships, internships, and student and professional organizations and clubs.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Distant
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 44%
Year Founded 1885

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,277


Undergraduate Student

Male 368
Female 529

Graduate Student

Male 156
Female 224

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Male 809
Female 1,488


Male 493
Female 967

Acceptance Rate64%

Male 61%
Female 65%

Enrollment 250

Male 104
Female 146
Application Fee NA
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Considered But Not Requires
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
SAT/ACT Considered But Not Requires
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic,WISC-III,etc) Considered But Not Requires
Application Deadline Rolling
Common Application Accepted No

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

A partnership program is available that provides a discount to employees of the businesses enlisted in the partnership program. This discount is only applicable to specific degree and certificate programs, though it covers both online and in-person courses. Another way students can save money is to apply for as many grants and scholarships as possible as a way to avoid high student loan bills upon graduation. In fact, roughly 99% of students accept financial assistance in one way or another.

Some students also choose to work while they take classes as yet another way to limit the amount of money they need to pay back in the end. The university can help to find students the right work options including on-campus, work study, off-campus part-time, and more. The average net price (cost after financial aid is applied) is $22,340 each year and the total cost is $31,060 for all undergraduate students before financial assistance. Another $15,000 will be necessary to pay for basic living expenses, books, supplies, and classroom fees. And students who wish to participate in nightlife, shopping, dating, etc., will require even more funds to support activities not included in tuition.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $22,340
Average Total Aid $20,412
Students Receiving Financial Aid 99%
Room & Board $11,658

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $31,060
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $31,060
  • Books and Supplies - $1,500
  • Room & Board - $11,658
  • Other - $2,000


The aim of Pfeiffer is to reinvent the learning experience in liberal arts for each student one at a time, along with creating natural, confident leaders. Students will have the opportunity to pursue undergraduate, graduate, and professional certificate programs. The academic divisions available to all students include business, education, arts and sciences, and applied health sciences.

Each program offers the most current curriculum. Graduates of the business division go on to become corporate leaders in any number of fields. Education students benefit from a highly in-demand program, as demonstrated by the almost 100% job placement rate. The arts and sciences students will excel in critical thinking, analyzing, and communicating in an ever-changing professional environment. And the applied health sciences students participate in a full immersion approach to education centered around client care, integrity, human dignity, and compassion.

Students have access to various centers and institutes that improve the likelihood of employment upon graduation and the development of personal growth including the Center for Professional Advancement, servant leadership, marriage and family therapy, the Office of Teaching, Learning and Innovation, and more. Online educational opportunities continue to increase in availability such as big data management, cyber forensics, teaching licensure certificates, and others.

Despite the 13 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio and the many support systems in place to help guide students to a career pathway to success, the retention rate and graduation rates are quite low. The retention rate is only 59%, and the 4-year and 6-year graduation rates are 37% and 44%, respectively. It’s possible that these rates are less-than-desirable due to various factors such as the high cost of the programs, the limited degree offerings, or that students do not take as many courses at one time because they work full-time while pursuing certificates or higher learning opportunities.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,277

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 31 Total Graduates / 22%
Business Administration and Management, General 28 Graduates
Accounting 3 Graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 27 Total Graduates / 19%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 14 Graduates
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 13 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 17 Total Graduates / 12%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 17 Graduates
All Education Majors 15 Total Graduates / 11%
Elementary Education and Teaching 14 Graduates
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 Graduates
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14 Total Graduates / 10%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science 6 Graduates
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 6 Graduates
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General 2 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 25%

Outcome & Salary

Pfeiffer University students have an advantage of working with the Office of Career Services and Internships. This office helps to prepare students for a life of learning, service, and career advancement. Students will be able to explore career paths, receive assessments, and participate in career counseling. The office works with alumni, local businesses, the community, and recruiters to match students with employment options in the form of internships, externships, and full-time job offers.

Each student will have a career coach to determine the best major to meet their career aspirations. Students will also have access to recruiting events, networking activities, job search tools, interview skill development, resume preparation, and connections with many alumni. Leadership experience is encouraged in the form of clubs and organizations. It’s even possible to fine-tune your test-taking skills within the office, complete self-assessments, and utilize career research. Extensive volunteer experiences are also available both on and off-campus.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $44,200
College Grads Average Salary $70,503
College Grads Mid Career Salary $78,000
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $705,030
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,485,030
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $89,360
10 Year Projected ROI $615,670
20 Year Projected ROI $1,395,670
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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