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William Penn University Reaches Record Enrollment in 2023


William Penn University has set multiple new enrollment records to begin the Fall 2023 semester. This year is the largest traditional campus enrollment ever recorded in its 150-year history with 1,118 traditional students and marks a 5 percent increase in traditional campus enrollment from the previous fall. The record enrollment was achieved with the largest ever incoming class of 495 new students. This year also marks 5 years in a row with over 1,000 traditional students enrolled during the fall semester on the traditional campus.

“We are thrilled to report record-breaking enrollment for William Penn’s traditional campus in Oskaloosa,” said Kerra Strong, Vice President for Enrollment. “Both our new student enrollment (495) and overall traditional campus enrollment (1118) surpassed our enrollment goals for the Fall 2023 semester.  College selection is such a big decision in a student’s life, and we are proud that so many students continue to choose William Penn for their undergraduate experience.”

There any many reasons students choose to attend William Penn University. Small class sizes, diverse student population, caring professors, and a welcoming community allow students to succeed in and out of the classroom. With 8 academic divisions, over 25 majors, and 25 competitive sports teams and activities, there are plenty of options for students to find the best fit for themselves. The top 5 selected majors for 2023 are Business Management, Sport Management, Exercise Science, Biology, and Nursing.

“William Penn University continues to prove to be an incredibly special place and home to students from all over the world. This record wouldn’t be possible without all the hard work from our faculty and staff on campus. I am extremely proud to be a Statesmen,” said Madison Lantz, Director of Admissions.

Students come from all over the world to attend William Penn University. This year there are students from 42 states plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. There are also over 30 foreign countries represented.

“It’s exciting to announce record enrollment for our 150th anniversary,” said President, John Ottosson. “Having students from more than 40 states and over 30 countries is symbolic of our historic diversity.  Students want to come to Penn to learn to be friends and work with people who don’t look, think, or believe like them. This experience outside the classroom gives them the wisdom to use the knowledge they gain in their chosen field in a way that nothing else can. Our continued growth positions us well for our next 150 years.”

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