William Penn University: Narrative Description

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201 Trueblood Ave.
Oskaloosa, IA 52577-1799
Tel: (641)673-1001
Free: 800-779-7366
Admissions: (641)673-1012
Fax: (641)673-1396
E-mail: [email protected]
Web Site: http://www.wmpenn.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed, affiliated with Society of Friends. Awards associate and bachelor's degrees. Founded 1873. Setting: 60-acre rural campus with easy access to Des Moines. Endowment: $4.2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $2821 per student. Total enrollment: 1,499. 717 applied, 65% were admitted. 7% from top 10% of their high school class, 20% from top quarter, 50% from top half. Full-time: 1,411 students, 47% women, 53% men. Part-time: 88 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 42 states and territories, 12 other countries, 28% from out-of-state, 0.3% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 8% black, 0.5% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 30% 25 or older, 40% live on campus, 8% transferred in. Retention: 55% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; education; psychology; parks and recreation; social sciences and history. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, self-designed majors, independent study, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.0 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Required for some: essay, recommendations, interview. Entrance: moderately difficult. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $20. Comprehensive fee: $19,350 includes full-time tuition ($14,234), mandatory fees ($370), and college room and board ($4746). College room only: $1852. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 30 open to all; local fraternities, local sororities; 5% of eligible men and 5% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Literacy Tutoring Project, student government. Major annual events: Homecoming, Campus Beautification Day, PennStock. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, controlled dormitory access. 540 college housing spaces available; 537 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through junior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Wilcox Library with 72,907 books, 2,718 microform titles, 354 serials, 738 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $238,525. 85 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

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