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William Penn University

Oskaloosa, IA 4-Year Private

About William Penn University

William Penn University is a private, religous school located in the rural setting of Oskaloosa, IA, less than an hour from Des Moines.

Founded in 1873, William Penn University currently enrolls around 1,350 students a year, including 1,276 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $5,844,871.

Admissions Facts About William Penn University

Acceptance rate: 55%

Average GPA: 3.0

Mean ACT score: 19

Mean SAT score: 960

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date:

William Penn University Acceptance Rate

It is minimally difficult to get into William Penn University. The acceptance rate at William Penn University is 55 percent.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.0 /4.0. The mean composite SAT score is 960. The mean ACT scores is 19.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 waitlisted students got accepted.

Is William Penn University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 56 percent of students who start at William Penn University return the next year. Out of the 335 students who started at William Penn University as first-time freshman, 92 graduate within four years.

William Penn University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 34 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 90 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Recent grads have an average starting salary of $38,000 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $22,169 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does William Penn University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is William Penn University a good school for YOU?

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College Info

201 Trueblood Avenue Oskaloosa, IA 52577-1799

Campus Setting: Rural

William Penn University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to William Penn University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to William Penn University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

William Penn University ACT Scores


ACT Range

16 - 21

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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21 and Above


16 to 21


16 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to William Penn University is 19. Students with an ACT score of 21 and above have a good chance of getting into William Penn University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 16 and 21 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 16 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

William Penn University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

Not available


Math SAT Range

430 - 530


Reading SAT Range

440 - 530

William Penn University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at William Penn University is like? There are approximately 1,261 students enrolled at William Penn University, including 1,197 undergraduate students and 64 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 47% percent are from IA and 53% percent of students are from other states.


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