William Penn University

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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 (Quakers) in 1873 as Penn College. In 1933, the name was changed to William Penn College, and finally to William Penn University in 2000.

Athletes ("Statesmen") play in the Midwest Classic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for most sports, and the affiliated Mid-States Football Association for football. Before 2000, the school was a part of the NCAA division III.

In 2007, Musco Lighting, also in Oskaloosa, donated $12 million to the school for various projects—the biggest single gift in the school's history. The money is to be used for of new structures including student recreation, classrooms, laboratories, and a stand-alone Industrial Technology Center building, which will be home for the new Digital Broadcast Studies Program.


William Penn University's ideal of providing quality education has not changed in over 130 years. They have always provided equal access to quality education, without discrimination towards a person's race, gender, age, religious preference, or national origin. In 1873, the college debated its naming to either Penn College or John Bright College. On September 9 of that same year, the board adopted Penn College. It was that same year that the first lectures were being delivered, and only two years later that the first...
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