William Woods Announces Preliminary Enrollment Figures

 Preliminary enrollment figures indicate that approximately 960
students will attend classes on the Fulton campus of William Woods University
this fall. Classes began today (Aug. 22).

“I’m particularly proud
and pleased with our strong freshman class in light of the economy and the A+
program the state provides to the community colleges,” Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett,
WWU president, said. “In addition, our strong retention numbers indicate
students are happy with their college decision.”
This year William Woods welcomed approximately 310 new
students from 28 states and seven countries (Brazil, Canada, China, England,
Ireland, Israel and Taiwan).  Overall, 42
states are represented in the campus enrollment, with Missouri, Illinois,
California, Texas and Colorado being the top five.
“It is exciting to watch all of the new students arrive on
campus—it is my favorite day of the academic year,” Sarah Munns, dean of
admissions, said. “This entering class, both freshman and transfer students,
appear to be top notch, and I am confident the faculty and staff will find them
a joy with which to work. Speaking on behalf of my entire team, it has been a
pleasure working with each and every family.”
The overall enrollment has more than quintupled in the 21
years Barnett has been president. In 1990, before WWU added undergraduate and
graduate programs for working adults, 713 students attended William Woods. Overall,
WWU now enrolls 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students who take their
classes in locations throughout Missouri and at sites in Arkansas.

Students continue to select a professions-oriented
curriculum.  Top majors, both for the
incoming class and the returning students (in alphabetical order) are biology,
business administration, communications, elementary education and equine
administration/equestrian science.


“The incoming students seem to be very focused on their
professional goals,” Munns said. “They have put more preparation and thinking into
where they want to be and what they want to do after college, and they are
looking for fields that will offer them job stability. They are more outgoing,
more independent, self-reliant and ready to stretch their wings.”
This fall marks the 11th anniversary of the creation
of the school’s innovative LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing)
program. The program provides awards to any
incoming student who agrees to make a commitment to campus
and community involvement through a tuition reduction of $5,000 annually for
residential students and $2,500 annually to commuter students.
LEAD is intended to encourage and reward the types of
activities that make for a complete, well-rounded liberal arts background. The
impact of the successful LEAD program, coupled with the popularity of the
Graduate College programs, has contributed to steady growth for William Woods
The William Woods University Class of 2015 poses for a class
photo at Senior Lake.
Incoming William Woods University students cross the Senior
Lake Bridge during the Ivy Ceremony, while family and friends look on.