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Transfer to William Penn

We know the transition to a new college can be tricky. We’re here to help you get started.
  • Application for Admission (Download an Application for Admission or Apply Online)
  • Official transcripts from high school or college(s) attended. Students who wish to transfer from another college or university should supply an official transcript from each institution they have attended. A high school transcript is not required for students who have successfully completed over 24 semester-based credit hours. See the Academic Policy for Transfer Credit for more information.

Academic Policy for Transfer Credits

All academic courses passed at another accredited (Regional or CHEA approved accreditation) degree granting institution may be accepted providing the overall grade point average for those courses is 2.0 or above. A minimum grade of “C-” is required in English Composition I and English Composition II. Only computer courses that are ten years old or less may be accepted. For those students with an overall transfer grade point average of less than 2.0, only courses with a grade of “C-” or above will transfer. WPU may accept up to 94 credit hours as needed for the student’s degree program at William Penn University.

A.A., B.A. and B.S. degree graduates of (Regional or CHEA approved) accredited degree-granting institutions are accepted as having completed all Penn Leadership Core requirements, except for LDRS 290 Quaker Values and LDRS 390 Contemporary Leadership, with possible exceptions into certain majors.

Course work from non-accredited institutions (corporate universities and other extra-institutional learning providers) will be accepted based on recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE), the National Program for Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES, DSST), Straighterline, and individualized articulation agreements with other institutions.

Official transcripts of all work must be submitted for credit to be granted. Transcripts must be sent from the originating institution directly to the Admissions Office at William Penn University.  Electronic transcripts sent through third-party senders are acceptable.

Coursework from non-United States institutions will be evaluated based upon receipt of an official line-by-line international credit evaluation performed by InCred (International Credential Evaluations or by other services such as the World Education Services ( or the AACRAO Foreign Education Credential Service ( Please access their website to order evaluations to be sent to William Penn University.

Students desiring credit for military experience must provide an official transcript from the Joint Services Transcripts (JST).

The Education Division only accepts transfer credits of courses within the major which are ten years old or less with a C- or above.

Upon admission, unless special circumstances are agreed upon, at least one-half of the total credit required for the baccalaureate degree in nursing are granted and applied to the program, based on active RN license and/or academic transfer credit. This qualifies students to transfer at the junior level. Additional general education and support course credit may be transferred as determined by the WPU Registrar.

William Penn University holds articulation agreements with several Iowa Community Colleges, including:

  • Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC)
  • Indian Hills Community College (IHCC)
  • Iowa Central Community College
  • Iowa Western Community College (IWCC)
  • Kirkwood Community College
  • North Iowa Area Community College (NIACC)
  • Southeastern Community College (SECC)
  • Southwestern Community College (SWCC)

William Penn University also holds articulation agreements with the following institutions:

  • Pella Career Academy
  • Drake Law School – 3+3 Program
  • Iowa State University – 3+2 Program for Civil, Industrial, and Mechanical Engineering
  • Palmer Chiropractic College Dual Degree Program
    • Under this agreement, a dual degree program leading to a Bachelor Degree in Biology from William Penn University and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer Chiropractic College (PCC) will be available to qualified students. This agreement is with the Davenport, IA, campus of PCC. This agreement is not available to transfer students. Students are guaranteed admission to PCC-Davenport provided they:
      • Complete 94 or more credits at WPU, including 24 credits of science lab classes
      • Attain a minimum WPU GPA of 3.0
        • Students with a 2.75 GPA may apply, but are not guaranteed admission to PCC
      • Complete all requirements for the WPU Leadership Core
      • Receive a positive recommendation from the Chair of the Division of Health & Life Sciences
      • Meet the admissions requirements and deadlines at PCC
    • Upon successful completion of the remainder of the PCC curriculum, students will be eligible to participate in PC commencement exercises and will be awarded the Doctor of Chiropractic degree.
    • For more information about the WPU/PCC dual degree program, interested students should contact Dr. Janet Ewart, Division of Health & Life Sciences



The admission decision is made on each applicant as soon as all materials are received. Following notification of acceptance, the applicant is requested to confirm the intention to enroll by submission of a $50 tuition deposit. This deposit is applied toward the student’s tuition upon enrollment. In the event of notification in writing of withdrawal prior to May 1 (or December 1 for second semester), the deposit will be refunded in full.

Contact us

Name Office Phone Email Office
Office of Admissions 800-779-7366 or 641-673-1012 PAC 203
Office of the Registrar 641-673-1082 Penn 217
Office of Academic Affairs 641-673-1010 Penn 221