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Pfeiffer University
Pfeiffer seal sm.png
Established 1885
Type Private, United Methodist
President Charles Ambrose
Faculty 51 full-time
Students 1,400
Location Misenheimer, North Carolina
Campus Rural
Colors Black and gold
Mascot Pfeiffer Falcons

Pfeiffer University is a private university located in the village of Misenheimer near Richfield, North Carolina.



Pfeiffer originated from a home school operated by Miss Emily Prudden in the late 19th century. In or around 1885 the school first began operation in the village of Lick Mountain in Caldwell County, North Carolina as the Oberlin Home and School (in honor of the family that made improvements to the property that the school owned).

A fire destroyed the school in 1908 and it moved to the nearby town of Lenoir. As that location proved inadequate, the school again relocated in 1910, this time to its current location in Misenheimer. High school diplomas began being issued by the school in 1913.

In 1928 the Mitchell school began offering junior college classes and was accredited as such in 1934. It was that year that the Pfeiffer family of New York City gave generous financial gifts to the school for construction of new buildings, and it was then that the name Pfeiffer Junior College was used.

During the 1950s the school began offering senior college courses. The four-year Pfeiffer College was accredited in 1960 during the administration of Dr. J. Lem Stokes II, President.

Pfeiffer opened a satellite campus in Charlotte, approximately forty miles away, in 1977.

In 1996 the college's trustees voted to re-organize to achieve university status, and the current name of Pfeiffer University was adopted.

Schools of the University

  • School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Fine Arts
  • School of Languages, Literature, and Communication
  • School of Natural and Health Sciences
  • School of Religion
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • The Graduate School

Graduate Studies

Pfeiffer has 3 graduate campuses in the Triangle region- in Raleigh, in Durham, and in Chapel Hill.

Pfeiffer's main graduate campus is located in Charlotte, NC near the South Park area. The campus has been in Charlotte for 13 years and currently serves several hundred students.

The graduate degrees offered include Masters degrees in Business Administration, Healthcare Administration, Education, Organizational Change and Leadership, and Marriage & Family Therapy.


Pfeiffer's athletic teams are known as the Falcons. They compete in the NCAA's Division II as a member of the Conference Carolinas (formerly the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference). Steven Armstrong of Edinburgh, Scotland became Pfeiffer's first National Champion in 1995 winning the NAIA National Golf Championship at Bailey Ranch, Tulsa, Oklahoma.

In 2009, varsity student-cyclist Joey Rosskopf won the overall Division II national road cycling championships.

Notable alumni

  • Keith Crisco '64 North Carolina Secretary of Commerce
  • Antonio Harvey, former NBA player
  • Dr.Amir "Ace" Gabr, '08 Co-founder of AGI consulting RTP in North Carolina


U.S. News and World Report

In the 2010 edition of the U.S. News and World Report, Pfeiffer University was listed as a "selective" school.

MBA Program

Pfeiffer's MBA program, which has been named one of the top MBA programs in NC, earned the first-ever American accreditation for its International Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree program issued by ACQUIN, the German accreditation agency.

External links

Coordinates: 35°29′03.84″N 80°16′57.64″W / 35.4844°N 80.2826778°W / 35.4844; -80.2826778



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