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William Penn University

Oskaloosa, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate58%
Acceptance Rate58%

William Penn University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to William Penn University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

William Penn University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of William Penn University's admissions stats.

William Penn University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.0
Mean SAT Score 960
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 18%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 40%
Waitlist No

William Penn University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for William Penn University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action No –– ––

Applying Early to William Penn University?

William Penn University does not offer early decision or early action.

➡️ Find a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on William Penn University Admissions

How Difficult Is It To Get Admitted to William Penn University?

It is not difficult to get into William Penn University. William Penn University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, William Penn University accepted 58% of students, approximately 800 from 1,387 applicants.

Schools that are not difficult to get into, like William Penn University, accept up to 95% of applicants. Most admitted students scored at most a 1010 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT.

Transferring to William Penn University

It is not difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to William Penn University

William Penn University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into William Penn University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at William Penn University

What does William Penn University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Important
Class Rank Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Standardized Test Scores Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
State Residency Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with William Penn University for more information on admission factors.

William Penn University 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to William Penn University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with William Penn University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into William Penn University?

Students admitted to William Penn University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.0.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

William Penn University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

William Penn University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 18% of William Penn University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 40% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for William Penn University?

To be competitive with other William Penn University applicants, you should aim to score between 830 and 1020 (or higher!) on the SAT. At William Penn University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1020 and 25% of scored lower than 830, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a William Penn University student is 960.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of William Penn University students scored 510 or higher and 75% of students scored 430 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of William Penn University students scored 520 or higher, and 75% scored a 430 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for William Penn University?

To be most competitive at William Penn University, you should strive to earn between 16 and 21 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 21 means you fall in the 75th percentile for William Penn University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 21, and three out of four students scored lower than 21 on the ACT.

A 16 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for William Penn University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 16.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to William Penn University

For transfer students, it is not difficult to get admitted to William Penn University. Transfer applications are processed on a on a rolling basis as they are received.

Transfer students can enroll in William Penn University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

• Summer Term

William Penn University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to William Penn University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to William Penn University.

Does William Penn University accept transfer credits?

✅ William Penn University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. William Penn University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does William Penn University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ William Penn University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to William Penn University?

❌ No, William Penn University is test optional, so you can make the call whether to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is William Penn University's acceptance rate?

✅ William Penn University has an acceptance rate of 58%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at William Penn University?

❌ William Penn University does not offer early decision.

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William Penn University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Less Selective


How hard is it to get into William Penn University? William Penn University is a less selective institution. The William Penn University acceptance rate is 58%. This means that the institution accepts 57 out of every 100 applicants.


William Penn University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Continuous processing

Transfer Applications are Due

Continuous processing

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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

830 - 1020


Math SAT Range

400 - 510


Reading SAT Range

430 - 520

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1020 and Above


830 to 1020


830 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for William Penn University students is 960. Applicants with SAT scores of 1020 and above have a good chance of being admitted to William Penn University, while applicants with SAT scores between 830 to 1020 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 830 have a low chance of being offered a spot at William Penn University.

William Penn University GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At William Penn University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.0. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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