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Institutional Research Staff

Debbie Wood, Administrative Assistant, Office of Assessment
Bill Hall, Assistant Director of Institutional Research
Mary Ellen GoldsteinExecutive Director IR Planning & Research

Refund Policy


Pfeiffer University has established a fair and equitable refund policy in accordance with the requirements of the University's accrediting agency. This policy pertains to all students who cease attendance in all classes, either through withdrawal or without notification. It is always the student's responsibility to withdraw from unwanted courses. Withdrawal forms are available at my.pfeiffer and the Office of the Registrar, Administration Building, Room 206.

Degree Verification

Pfeiffer University has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to provide enrollment and degree verifications. If you are an employer or background screening firm requesting this information, please contact                 

National Student Clearinghouse, 2300 Dulles Station Bloulevard, Suite 300, Herndon, VA 20171

Pfeiffer University Complaint Policy

Pfeiffer University recognizes the value of information provided by students, employees and others in assessing the Institution's performance. This process is for the purpose of addressing significant violations of the institution's standards, policies and procedures and is not a forum for addressing grievances. Pfeiffer has established grievance procedures for students and employees and expects individuals to attempt to resolve grievance issues through procedures established according to the situation.

The complaint process is noted and should be followed accordingly. In all cases, complaints should first be resolved with the individual or department prior to initiating a formal complaint. Process and procedures are noted below.

Procedures for Filing a Formal Complaint

1. Review the Pfeiffer University Complaint Policy.

2. Look over Pfeiffer University Complaint Procedures.

3. Email the complaint form to the appropriate area:

4. After the formal complaint has been received, each area will have (10) working days from the receipt of the formal written complaint to work with all parties to achieve a solution.

5. If the resolution presented is not agreed to, each area will, within ten (10) working days after receipt of the formal complaint, conduct an investigation of the unresolved complaint.

6. Within twenty (20) working days after receipt of the formal complaint, the appropriate area will inform the individual and all other parties of his/her decision in writing. The following actions may be recommended:

  • Offer a resolution to the complaint.
  • Dismiss the complaint.
  • Take appropriate action.

Disabilities Handbook

The primary purpose of this handbook is to provide an initial orientation to all students of Pfeiffer University of the philosophy, procedures , and practices of the university regarding reasonable accommodations for disabilities. This handbook is also intended to provide guidance to the students' parents, administrators, faculty, and staff in their various roles of encouraging academic success for these students.  Although the manual is intended to address many important issues related to services for students with disabilities, it cannot address every nuance of each individual student's condition and needs. Therefore the reader is encouraged to use this document as a source of ongoing discussions with the university regarding the circumstances of each individual student.

Click here to download a copy of the Disabilities Handbook.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Title IX        
Pfeiffer University is committed to upholding the principles outlined in Title IX, which states “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
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Title VII
Pfeiffer University employs individuals and admits students of any race, color, or national origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to student at the University. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other university-administered programs.

Furthermore, Pfeiffer University Trustees have determined that students not be denied admission, rights, privileges,  programs, or activities on the basis of religion, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation or ethnic origin; nor will the University discriminate on the basis of religion, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation or ethnic origin.

Section 504
Pfeiffer University does not discriminate against employees, students or applicants who are handicapped. This policy is in keeping with Section 504, The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.

Age Discrimination Act
Pfeiffer University does not discriminate against students or applicants on the basis of age. This policy is in keeping with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and with the EEOC Age Discrimination Act.

International Students
Pfeiffer University is authorized under Federal Law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students.

Exchange Visitors
Pfeiffer University has been designated by the U.S. Department of State as a sponsor of exchange visitor programs.

Pfeiffer University further complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. This act, as it applies to higher learning, ensures that students have access to certain records that pertain to them and that unauthorized persons do not have access to such records. A copy of the act and the University's policy regarding Student Educational Records and Information is available upon request at the Office of the Dean of Student Development.

Honor Code

As a student enrolled in Pfeiffer Univeristy, you are expected to abide by an academic code of conduct which includes honesty and integrity in all matters related to the pursuit of formal and informal education encouraged and promoted by Pfeiffer University.

Students will be informed in writing of the consequence of violations of the code of conduct. Consequences may include suspension or dismissal from the program. Decisions to suspend or dismiss may be appealed in writing within 72 hours to the Academic Affairs Committee. The appeal will be based upon review of the written record. Students will be notified in writing of the decision of the Academic Affairs Committee.


Violations of the Honor Code All cases involving the following behaviors are considered violations of the Honor Code (further detail is available under Academic Policies and Procedures in the student handbook):

  1. Cheating in any form in academic matters, defined as willful participation in the unauthorized exchange and/or use of information while working on any examination or project designed to evaluate individual performance.
  2. Plagiarism, the appropriation and passing off as one's own writings or ideas of another.
  3. Attempting to cheat or plagiarize.
  4. Failure to report observed violations.
  5. Lying, stealing, or other conduct violations in relation to academic issues and situations.

Note: The Honor Code is understood to apply to all academic requirements of the University, including assessment testing, internships, entrance examinations and classroom instruction.

Student Responsibilities

  1. To demonstrate adherence to the Honor Code by signing the Honor Pledge. The statement "I have neither given nor received unauthorized help" may be required on all work submitted for academic credit. If a faculty member requires the statement in writing, he/she may refuse to extend credit for work on which it does not appear. On work where the written statement is not required, faculty members still assume the student's compliance with the Honor Code.
  2. To report violations of the Honor Code (any student who witnesses a violation of the Academic Honor Code as defined, and does not report the violation, will be subject to action under the Honor Code).
  3. To appear at hearings when charged with a violation or asked to appear as a witness.
  4. To respond fully and truthfully to legitimate questions or requests for information concerning Honor Code matters.

Policies and Procedures

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Contact Us


Charlotte Campus
4701 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209

Misenheimer Campus
48380 US Hwy 52
Misenheimer, NC 28109

Triangle Campus
2880 Slater Rd, Ste. 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

UMC Affiliation


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To guide the University's decision making process through planning, research and assessment.  Planning initiatives support the pursuit of continuous improvement. Reports published by the office serve to keep the campus community informed about facts, trends and statistics about the University.


The office coordinates and administers student tests, freshman placement and graduate major and general education tests. The office also serves as the contact for the development and coordination of all state and federal reporting, provides research, and is the completer of external surveys. Survey assistance to all areas of the University is also part of it's mission.


Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master degrees.Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Pfeiffer University. Note: SACSCOC should only be contacted if there is significant evidence to support Pfeiffer's non-compliance with accreditation standards. Otherwise, please contact the University for specific questions and concerns regarding admissions, financial aid and educational programs.

Pfeiffer University is currently accredited as a private, not-for-profit University; its next reaffirmation is in 2022.

Pfeiffer Fast Facts

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

Campus Locations
Misenheimer/Traditional Undergraduate
48380 U.S. Hwy 52N
Misenheimer, NC 28109
(800) 338-2060

Charlotte/Graduate and
Center for Professional Advancement

4701 Park Road
Charlotte NC 28209
2880 Slater Road
Morrisville, NC  27560
(919) 941-2920

Student Body (Fall 2013)
Total Students: 1,680
Undergraduate*: 951 (includes Center for Professional Advancement)
Graduate: 909

*711 students enrolled at Misenheimer campus

Pfeiffer students (total on all campuses) represent 43 countries and 31 states

Undergraduate Majors Offered
Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Management and Leadership, Chemistry, Communication, Comprehensive Science Education, Computer Information Systems, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, English, Environmental Science, Financial Fraud and Fraud Examinations, Health and Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education, History, Human Services, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Political Science, Political Science/Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, Religion and Practical Theology, Special Education, Sports Management.

Graduate Programs Offered
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

Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Freshman Averages
GPA: 3.48

Merit Scholarships
A variety of scholarships are available, including academic, athletic and program specific

Financial Aid
Priority given to students who complete the FAFSA by March 1

22 NCAA Division II teams offered, including baseball, basketball*, cross country*, golf*, lacrosse*, soccer*, softball, swimming*, tennis*, indoor and outdoor track*, and volleyball* (*men's and women's teams)


Welcome to Pfeiffer University!


A Brief History of Pfeiffer

Pfeiffer University originated from the Oberlin Home and School, a home-school developed by Miss Emily C. Prudden in 1885. In 1903, the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church agreed to assume responsibility for the Oberlin property, and on June 8, 1903, the Oberlin school was renamed the Ebenezer  Mitchell Home and School. The Mitchell Home and School then moved to Misenheimer on the present property, and high school diplomas were issued in 1913.

A junior college curriculum was added in 1928, and the school was renamed Mitchell Junior College. The introduction of elementary studies by county schools permitted the school to eliminate lower grades and to direct its efforts toward collegiate level work.

The name Pfeiffer Junior College was first used for the 1935-1936 academic year in honor of Henry and Annie Merner Pfeiffer of New York City, and Pfeiffer broadened its program to include senior college work in 1960. Their generosity allowed for the construction of four brick buildings and President's Home. Thirty-six years later in May of 1996, the Board of Trustees voted to reorganize Pfeiffer's academic structure towards university status.

The Charlotte Campus opened in 1977 with undergraduate classes in Criminal Justice, and the first graduate program followed in 1985. Additionally, the Raleigh-Durham Campus opened in 2004 and offers a variety of graduate programs.

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


Additional information:

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misenheimer campus nMisenheimer Campus
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
on a Traditional Residential Campus

48380 US Hwy 52
Misenheimer, NC 28109

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charlotte campus nCharlotte Campus
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
for Working Adults

4701 Park Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28209

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Raleigh-Durham Campustriangle campus n
Graduate Programs

2880 Slater Rd, Ste. 100
Morrisville, NC 27560

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Pfeiffer University - Carolinas Medical Center-NorthEast (Employees only)

920 N. Church Street
Concord, NC 28025

Get driving directions from the CMC-NorthEast's Website .

If you need further information about Pfeiffer University and the graduate programs we offer at NorthEast Medical Center, please contact us at 704.521.9110.

Pfeiffer University - Cone Health (Employees only)

1200 North Elm Street
Greensboro, NC 27401

If you need further directions to Pfeiffer University's Greensboro location at Cone Health, please contact us at 704.521.9110

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Novant Health: Presbyterian Medical Center

200 Hawthorne Lane
Charlotte, NC 28204


Durham Regional

3643 North Roxboro Road
Durham, NC 27704



3000 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27610


Rex Hospital

4420 Lake Boone Trail
Raleigh, NC 27607


Forsyth Medical Center

3333 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC 27103


Novant Health: Rowan Medical Center

612 Mocksville Avenue
Salisbury, NC 28144



Pfeiffer Mission

mission photoEstablished in 1885, Pfeiffer University is a globally engaged, regional university distinctive for its transformational undergraduate experiences and leadership in professional and graduate programs that fill demonstrated needs on its campuses in Charlotte, Misenheimer and Raleigh, and online. Vested in its history as a United Methodist-related university and propelled by an innovative faculty and staff, Pfeiffer prepares its students for a lifetime of achievement, scholarship, spirituality and service. Visit Pfeiffer at or Pfeiffer University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees.