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William Penn University

 

William Penn University is a private liberal arts school. Located in Oskaloosa, Iowa, the school was founded by members of the Religious Society of Friends in 1873. The school has gone through several name changes including Penn College and William Penn College before finally settling on William Penn University in 2000. The college has a somewhat colorful history including allowing students to pay for their tuitions in cows and lambs during the Great Depression. Currently, there are about 1,800 students pursuing an education at William Penn University.

Academics

William Penn University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Students can earn an associate’s, bachelor’s, or master’s degree in over 20 majors offered by the school’s two colleges. Here are a few of the programs available at the university:

Undergraduate

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Industrial Technology
  • Business Management
  • General Accounting
  • Elementary Education
  • English
  • Nursing
  • History/Government
  • Criminology
  • Psychology

Graduate

  • Master of Business Leadership

To help non-traditional students earn an education, the school has a distance-learning program available. Students can earn an Associate of Arts in Leadership Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary or Secondary Education, or English as a Second Language Endorsement. Classes meet once during the weekday and every other Saturday.

Admissions

The school evaluates applicants to determine how much, if any, benefit they will get out of getting a degree from the university. To be considered for admission, students must have graduated from an accredited high school, have a 2.0 GPA or higher, and earned at least a composite score of 18 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent). Transfer students who have earned 24 semester credits or more don’t have to send in a high school transcript.

William Penn University accepts international students. Students in this category must have obtained a score of 18 on the ACT (SAT 1290) and a TOEFL score of 500 (paper) or 173 computer. Accepted students are required to send in a $50 deposit that will be applied towards tuition.

Cost

Here is how much it will cost per year to attend William Penn University:

  • Full-time tuition: $21,260
  • Part-time tuition: $450 per credit
  • Summer tuition: $250 per credit
  • General fee: $210
  • Housing: $2,002-$2,466 double occupancy/$2,602-$3,066 single occupancy
  • Book and supplies: $800-$1116 per year

Financial aid is available to students that need help paying for their education. Students can apply for federal and state programs by filling out and submitting the FAFSA. A number of private loans, scholarships, and grants from individuals and organizations can be found using the Internet. The school also offers the work-study program.

Campus Life

William Penn University has several housing options available. Students can live in traditional residence halls, apartments, or townhouses (upperclassmen only). All housing is furnished and some are substance-free. Most have shared living space and free Internet access. Students are required to live on campus, but the school will make exceptions for married students, veterans, those over 21, or students living with parents/guardians in the local area.

There are a number of things students can do to amuse themselves when they are not in class. The athletically-minded can participate in the intercollegiate programs at the school which include baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, soccer, track and field, wrestling, competitive dance and cheer, volleyball, and softball.

There are also a number of student clubs and organizations including:

  • Alpha Chi
  • Business Club
  • College Democrats
  • Creative Ink
  • Lambda Delta Phi
  • United World Club
  • Computer Club
  • William Penn Jazz Ensemble
  • Students by Students
  • Psychology/Sociology Club

 

 
 
 
 

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