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William Penn University

William Penn University, commonly referred to as WPU or Penn, was founded in 1873 by the Quakers. It was then known as the Penn College. In 1933, the institute was renamed William Penn College, and it finally became the William Penn University in 2000. The campus of this private liberal arts university is located in Oskaloosa, Iowa. WPU's recent Enrolments have been more than 1, 700 students from over 40 states and 10 countries every year.

William Penn University offers a number of associate's and bachelor's degree programs. The university has under it the College of Arts, Sciences and Professional Studies, and the College for Working Adults. The academic divisions of WPU include:

  • Applied Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Education
  • Health and Life Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Leadership Core
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
The sports teams of WPU are nicknamed the Statesmen. Students participate in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field, wrestling, softball, and volleyball. The teams compete in the NAIA Division II as members of the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Profile of William Penn University

William Penn University is in Oskaloosa, IA. Oskaloosa is a self-contained town. The school is classified as a Friends college. William Penn University is a private, not-for-profit institution. The school issues awards (degrees) up to the level of Bachelor's degree.

Course Topics

Fields of study in vogue at William Penn University include business and management and nutrition and exercise therapy.

William Penn University Selectivity

Not all applicants to the school are accepted. The top quarter of students at William Penn University scored at least 460 on the verbal SAT test. Students' math SAT scores were most often in the range 330 to 480 in 2007. People seek out the school, and many students are from other states.


The most successful professors at William Penn University are given tenure, encouraging them to stay with the school for a long time.

Student Enrolment

Approximately 1, 949 students study at the school . Many of the students at William Penn University are in their forties, or even older.

Student Life

Students at the school can take advantage of the school's meal plans. Students participate in Mid-States Football Association and Midwest Classic Conference athletics. Athletic scholarships or financial aid help the school attract student athletes.

William Penn University Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Business and Management211business, accounting
Liberal Arts137liberal arts and humanities, sociology, history
Education and Teaching36elementary school teaching, education, physical education teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy27health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Computer Science and Engineering14computer and info science
Therapy and Counselling11psychology
Media9communication studies
Engineering Technician4industrial tech, engineering technician
Family and Social Work0public administration

Contact: William Penn University

William Penn University

201 Trueblood Ave

Oskaloosa, IA 52577

General Phone: (641) 673-1001


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