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William Penn University

William Penn University is a private, liberal arts university in Oskaloosa, Iowa, United States. It was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends in 1873 as Penn College

Location

Address
201 Trueblood Ave
City
Oskaloosa
State
IA
Zip/Post Code
52577

Contact Information

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
1728
In State Tuition Fees
17500
Out State Tuition Fees
17500
ACT Score
19
Grade Point Average(GPA)
2.88
Male Female Ratio
50:50
Acceptance Rate
53%
Student Faculty Ratio
16:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
Quaker Church (Society of Friends)
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Statesmen/Lady Statesmen
Colors
Navy Blue Gold
Conference
Midwest Collegiate

College History

History

William Penn University's ideal of providing quality education has not changed in nearly 140 years. It has always provided equal access to quality education, without discrimination towards a person's race, gender, age, religion, or national origin. In 1873, the college debated its naming to either Penn College or John Bright College. Penn College opened September 24, 1873 with John W. Woody as its first President, and had its first graduate, Linda Ninde, in 1875. The college grew at a rapid pace till it reached its full maturity in 1910 under President Rosenburg, who under his term, completed the college building, doubled attendance, and enriched and expanded studies. The college's name was legally changed from Penn College to William Penn College in 1933, sparking a controversy whether or not the institution had ceased to exist as an educational institution. That matter was settled once and for all by the Iowa Supreme Court which ruled that Penn College had not ceased to exist as an educational institution. In the year 2000, the name was changed again from William Penn College to William Penn University. In 1916, fire destroyed the original campus. Flames that began on the third floor of Old Penn Hall spread to a tank of chemicals, causing an explosion that scattered fire in all directions. Insufficient water pressure made it impossible to fight the fire. Trying to remove college records, Penn's business manager Robert Williams and freshman student Harry Oakley were killed when the four-ton college bell crashed through the main building and buried them beneath it. William Penn has always welcomed students of diverse and varying backgrounds. During the depression, students sometimes gave cows and lambs to pay their tuition. After World War II, Penn College actively recruited Japanese-American students from relocation camps. Penn has one of the most diverse student populations in the state of Iowa. In 1995, William Penn's 'College for Working Adults' was founded, which enrolls non-traditional students in an evening program of accelerated study. In January 2000 the college returned to the NAIA Division II. William Penn University enrolls students from throughout the U.S. and the world. William Penn is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

College Specialty

Specialty

William Penn University provides the opportunity for an educational experience with a focus on leadership, technology, and the Quaker principles of simplicity, peace-making, integrity, community and equality.

Alumni

Alumni

Casey Fien, MLB player John M. Haines, tenth Governor of Idaho from 1913 to 1915 Jerry Kutzler, MLB player Kevin Ritz, MLB player Rob Taylor, Iowa House of Representatives Ed Thomas, football coach D. Elton Trueblood, a noted 20th century American Quaker Damon Harrison, current NFL player (New York Jets)

Campus

Campus

Rural

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