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About William Woods University

William Woods University is a private, 4-year university affiliated with the Disciples of Christ Christian Church. The university is located in Fulton, Missouri, a small town lying about halfway between St. Louis and Kansas City. In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked it number 88 of the best regional universities in the Midwest.


William Woods University offers degree programs in nine areas: equestrian studies, the fine and performing arts, humanities, professional studies, sports studies, the sciences, business and economics, communication and education. In total, students can pursue about 63 undergraduate majors and 26 minors or approximately 16 graduate-level programs, including both master's and doctoral degree programs.

Students at the university can engage in traditional, day classes or in evening classes. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available through evening classes. Some of the school's graduate degree programs are designed for working professionals. Classes in these programs are available at 125 locations throughout Missouri and Arkansas.

Online programs are also available. Specifically, the school offers an online bachelor's degree program in sign language and an online master's degree program in education with an emphasis in technology. Additionally, some courses that fulfill general education requirements are available online, as are a few upper-division business and economics courses.

The school boasts a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. However, some of its classes can contain as many as 35-40 students.

Students may study abroad while attending the university in locations like Austria, England and Italy. The school also operates the 'Woods Around the World' program, in which students take a week-long overseas trip during spring break.


First-time freshman applicants can submit an online application through the university's website. Applications must include ACT or SAT scores. The school operates on a rolling admissions basis, and states that admission decisions are made within 3-4 days after submission of all required application materials. However, the school does have a 'preferred deadline' of December 1st.

In the fall of 2011, the school received 753 applications, of which it accepted 80%. Of those admitted, 32% enrolled. At that same time, 73% of the student body was female and 63% from Missouri.

Tuition and Financial Aid

In the fall of 2012, the school stated that tuition for full-time undergraduate students was $19,200 per semester. At this same time, the school estimated room to cost $4,000 and board $3,900 per semester. It also estimated books to cost about $1,200 per semester.

The school allows students to pay tuition through a payment plan. In this plan, tuition for each semester is due prior to the beginning of that semester's classes.

University students can receive institutional scholarships based on their academic or athletic performance or their ACT or SAT scores. Full scholarships are offered for students with at least a score of 1330 on the SAT or 30 on the ACT.

School Type 4-year, private, not-for-profit*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-master's certificates*
Religious Affiliation Disciples of Christ*
Academic Calendar Semester**
School Setting Small town*
Student Body 1,046 undergraduate and 951 graduate students in 2011*
Student Housing On-campus housing is required for single students under 23**
Several residence halls, sorority and fraternity housing and a two-building apartment complex are available**
Programs About 63 undergraduate and 16 graduate fields of study are offered**
Student-Faculty Ratio 13 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Bachelor's: business, management, marketing and related services (71)*
Master's: education (581)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 42% in four years*
50% in six years*
Admission Rate 80% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 190 in 2011***
First-Year Retention Rates 74%*
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students In 2011:
Middle 50% ACT composite: 20-24*
Middle 50% SAT critical reading: 470-610, math: 480-590 and writing: 450-580*
Application Due Date Rolling admission, but December 1st is preferred**
Decision Notification Date 3-4 days after submission of all application materials**
Tuition $19,200 per semester for full-time undergraduates (fall 2012)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010:
Federal grants (38%)*
State and local grants (38%)*
Institutional scholarships (100%)*
Student loans (70%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 100% in 2010*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **William Woods University, ***IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: One University Avenue, Fulton, MO 65251
  • Phone: (800) 995-3159
  • Website: www.williamwoods.edu

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