William Penn University

201 Trueblood Ave, Oskaloosa, IA 52577
Tel: (641)673-1001
Private not-for-profit | 1,847 students
University provides an actively sustain an open and questioning learning community at the undergraduate and graduate level dedicated to excellence that will allow students to fully participate in the construction of their own futures. It assure that academic rigor, social development and leadership opportunities remain central to our institution. It vigorously pursue the development of a learning community that enhances educational and leadership opportunities for the state, region and beyond.

School Overview:

William Penn University
CountyMahaska County, IA
Title IV EligibleParticipat
Carnegie ClassificationBaccalaureate Colleges--General
Institution LevelFour or more years
Institution ControlPrivate not-for-profit
Instructional Staff Total
(research/public service staff included)
76 staff115 staff
Student Body
Total Enrollment1,847 students1,633 students
# Full-Time Students
1,641 students1,434 students
# Part-Time Students
206 students137 students
# Undergraduate Students
1,681 students 1,507 students
# Graduate Students
166 students129 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
% Asian
% Hawaiian
% Hispanic
% Black
% White
% Two or more races
Finances and Admission
In-State Tuition Fees
Out-State Tuition Fees
Percent Admitted54%64%
SAT Reading (25-75%)350-450450-570
SAT Math (25-75%)390-500460-573
ACT English (25-75%)15-2119-25
ACT Math (25-75%)16-2218-25
ACT Composite (25-75%)15-2020-25

School Notes:

  • William Penn University is a liberal arts university founded by Quaker pioneers in 1873, with the ideal of providing quality education to all. That ideal hasn't changed. William Penn is still devoted to providing a liberal arts education with a leadership focus. The John Templeton Foundation has recognized Penn’s Leadership Core curriculum as an exemplary program in student leadership development. Templeton evaluators consider programs based on the development of the competencies, conscience, and compassion required of leaders in a civil society. While almost all colleges and universities try to prepare students for positions of leadership on and off campus, Penn is one of only 40 college programs nationwide to earn this honor. William Penn University can also offer you the chance to really get to know fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators. People at Penn care about you and will do all they can to make your college experience great!
  • Leadership core curriculum leads to bachelor's degrees in a wide range of liberal arts and professional academic disciplines. In addition to our four-year academic program in a traditional setting, Penn has an Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies and Bachelor of Business degrees through our College for Working Adults on three campuses in Iowa.
  • It's easy to get involved in campus life at William Penn. Choose from a variety of clubs and organizations that represent your interests, and then be prepared to take a leadership role in them! Whether you want to try out Greek life, write for the yearbook, perform in a theatre troupe or compete in intramurals, you'll have a full menu of extracurricular activities from which to choose.

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