William Penn University

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 enrollments 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 & Life Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Leadership Core
  • Social & 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.

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William Penn University
201 Trueblood Ave
Oskaloosa , IA 52577
General Phone: (641) 673-1001

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William Penn University Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management246business, accounting
Liberal Arts62liberal arts and humanities, sociology, history
Education and Teaching40education, elementary school teaching, physical education teaching
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy31health and physical education, sports and fitness management
Therapy and Counseling13psychology
Engineering Technician9industrial tech, engineering technician
Media8communication studies
Computer Science and Engineering2computer and info science
Family and Social Work0public administration

Number of programs and degrees for William Penn University in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree37317
Associate's degree481

William Penn University Student Body

In 2007-2008, William Penn University had a total enrollment of 1,949 students (1,391 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 48%
Women 52%
Full-Time 92%
Part-Time 8%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 72%
Black 10%
Hispanic 5%
Asian 2%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 11%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 13%
20-21 16%
22-24 17%
25-29 17%
30-34 11%
35-39 10%
40-49 11%
50-64 4%
65+ 0%

William Penn University Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 56 %
Part-Time 50 %

William Penn University Room and Board (2007)

William Penn University offers campus housing for 534 of its 1,391 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Oskaloosa, Iowa for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Iowa Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

William Penn University Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal360460
SAT Math330480
SAT Writing340480
ACT Verbal1622
ACT Math1620
ACT Composite1720

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT19%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT82%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

William Penn University Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 17,664
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 17,664
Room and board $ 5,132
Room charge $ 1,932
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,130
Books and supplies $ 950
Other expenses $ 3,650

Financial Aid:
William Penn University participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 190000)

William Penn University Faculty

William Penn University has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track87
Non-tenured and not on tenure track108

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year5$63,3292*
Associate professorcalendar year5$50,0041*
Assistant professorcalendar year13$47,3569$45,214
Instructorcalendar year3$56,3723$33,170
No academic rankcalendar year0*4$43,677
All faculty totalcalendar year26$51,97719$44,830

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

William Penn University Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Mid-States Football Association
Basketball Midwest Classic Conference
Baseball Midwest Classic Conference
Track Midwest Classic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports9935134

William Penn University Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching

Engineering Technician
Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration

Liberal Arts
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Biology/Biological Sciences, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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