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Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer University provides its students with experiences to live, learn, worship, and serve as...

Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, North Carolina

Pfeiffer University is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Its mission is to prepare leaders for lifelong learning and service. Pfeiffer’s traditional undergraduate campus is in Misenheimer, N.C.—approximately 40 miles northeast of Charlotte—with additional locations in Charlotte and the Raleigh area.


Since it’s founding in 1885, Pfeiffer has continually grown in academic excellence, developing new programs to meet the needs of its students and emphasizing the ideals of Christian service.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
917 undergraduate students
89% of undergrad students are full time
42% male — 58% female

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
97 full-time faculty
45 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

50% of students live on campus

School Location

Misenheimer, North Carolina

Retention Fall 2015

69% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

43% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 6%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 21%
White 52%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 1%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 2%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 15%

Other Information

Pfeiffer University is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It was founded in 1885.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Christian Education-Music, Christian Education, Christian Missions, Comprehensive Science Education, Communication Studies, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Economics, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, History, Human Relations, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Math, Math-Computers, Music Education, Music, Nursing, Political Science, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Law, Pre-Medical, Psychology, Religion, Religion and Practical Theology, Social Studies, Sociology, Special Education, Sports Management, Youth Ministry

Health Administration (MHA), Leadership and Organizational Change (MSL), Business Administration (MBA), Practical Theology (MAPT), Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), Teaching/Special Education (MAT/SPED), Elementary Education (MSEE); Dual degrees: MHA/MBA, MHA/MSL, MSL/MBA

More Distinctions

  • Anne Murray, a professor in Pfeiffer University’s Master of Science in Leadership program, received a Fulbright award for the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Dr. Angela Kern, associate professor of elementary education at Pfeiffer University, received a Lucile Cornetet Individual Award for professional development from the Delta Kappa Gamma Educational Foundation.


Pfeiffer University is a tremendous place to learn, filled with multi-talented students, dedicated faculty, and supportive administrators. It strives to foster personal connections among each and every member of the Pfeiffer family. The University provides its students with experiences to live, learn, worship, and serve as they grow into leaders inspired to change the world. Students learn to be effective group members and leaders as they plan and implement their own activities, programs, and events for their fellow Pfeiffer University students and staff.

Student Activities

There are lots of things to do outside of the Pfeiffer classroom, and because the University is small, it is so easy to get involved. On campus, more than 30 student clubs and organizations, Falcon athletics, campus life, and leadership activities provide enriching college experiences that prepare students for professional and personal success. The Student Government Association (SGA), InterClub Council (ICC), and Campus Activities Board (CAB) are just some of the organization that regularly serve the entire student population.

Scholarly Professors

The University has approximately 80 outstanding, nationally-recruited faculty, many of whom hold doctorates or other terminal degrees in their teaching fields. While their primary focus is on their students’ growth, the faculty are engaged in their own scholarly, creative, and public service initiatives. Pfeiffer seeks professors who value and contribute to students’ intellectual and emotional growth, so it’s no surprise that students are often invited to assist them with their exciting projects.


Pfeiffer strives to provide a holistic education to each and every student. Sending students on the Pfeiffer Journey, the University dedicates each year to different levels of progression toward their postgraduate careers. In the first year, students get grounded with a foundational exposure to campus resources. Sophomores are then encouraged to explore their academic options, and juniors integrate their experiences with leadership and volunteer work. The senior year rounds off the Journey with culminating capstone projects and portfolios.

Constantly Connected

During the Pfeiffer experience, many students find that their most important learning happens outside the classroom. Each of the campuses offer spaces for students to meet informally, share meals, and use access useful scholarly resources. They also have opportunities to meet with their professors and engage in professional societies and organizations that enhance their learning experiences. And they have even more opportunities to grow through a combination of high-quality academics and meaningful service abroad in countries all around the world.

Career Services

Pfeiffer offers innovative services and guidance for its students’ future careers in the global marketplace. Programs are continually updated to partner students with the best of the community’s employers, including the Michelin tire manufacturer, which has supported students in all aspects of the company like data analysis and injury prevention. With an educational model that blends ideology, research, and practical application, students learn to collaborate through group work, refine their communication skills, and discover the value of civic engagement in a changing society.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,627 Total Applicants 
757 Total Admissions 
160 Total Freshman Enrollment

46.53% of applicants admitted

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 405 530
SAT Math 400 530
SAT Writing    
ACT Composite 17 22
ACT Math 18 23
ACT English 15 21
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $26,200
Fees $925
Total $27,125
Room and Board (on campus) $10,525
Room Only $5,750
Board Only $4,775
Estimated Total On Campus $37,650


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

100% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded any financial aid
72% of full-time, first-time undergraduates awarded student loan aid

$19,521 Average amount of federal, state, local, or institutional grant aid awarded
$10,683 Average amount of student loan aid awarded to full-time, first-time undergraduates

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