Founded in 1873 by Quaker settlers who strongly valued education and then named for the Quaker, William Penn, the University was located in Oskaloosa and graduated its first class in 1875. Since our founding we’ve persevered through a 1916 fire that destroyed the original campus, transitioned from college to university status, led the way in educational programs for working adults, and greatly expanded our campus and facilities. The first graduate of William Penn, in 1875, was a woman—something that was relatively unheard of at the time. This is a testament to our Quaker heritage and belief system. In 2000, the school achieved university status and changed its name to William Penn University. While staying true to its original Quaker mission, William Penn University offers exceptional programs with an emphasis on leadership and technology.
WPU offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees from the following academic departments:
- Applied Technology
- Business Administration
- Graduate Studies
- Health and Life Sciences
- Social and Behavioral Science
The Distance Learning program provides fully online undergraduate programs in education, as well as education endorsements.