Preliminary enrollment figures for William Woods University show that a record-setting 331 new students are expected to start classes on the Fulton campus Wednesday (Aug. 24).
This number, added to the university’s highly successful Graduate and Adult Studies program, puts the total enrollment at more than 3,000.
“The continued health of the university—from both a financial and an enrollment perspective—is a strong indicator that William Woods is leading the way in higher education,” WWU President Jahnae H. Barnett said.
The new class includes students from 36 states, one U.S. territory (Puerto Rico) and eight foreign countries (Argentina, Canada, Ecuador, Kenya, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan and Yugoslavia). Overall, 14 countries are represented in the student body (Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Canada, Ecuador, France, Kenya, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain, Taiwan, Trinidad/Tobago, United Kingdom/England and Yugoslavia).
“We’re very pleased that such a large number of new students have chosen to attend William Woods University,” Jimmy Clay, vice president and director of admissions, said. “We are even more pleased with their quality and diversity.”
Top intended majors, in order of preference, are equestrian science, business administration, education, American Sign Language interpreting and biology. The equestrian program is internationally recognized and the ASL interpreting program one of only 25 in North America.
With the start of the new semester, the school’s innovative LEAD (Leading, Educating, Achieving and Developing) program begins its sixth year. The program provides awards ($5,000 to residential students and $2,500 to commuters) to any incoming student who agrees to make a commitment to campus and community involvement.
LEAD is intended to encourage and reward the type 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 and Adult Studies program, has resulted in steady growth for William Woods University. In 1990, before WWU added undergraduate and graduate programs for working adults, 713 students attended William Woods. The overall enrollment has quadrupled in the past 15 years.
William Woods offers Graduate and Adult Studies programs in approximately 100 locations throughout Missouri. Programs include an associate of arts degree in liberal studies, the ACCESS program of general education, a bachelor of science in computer and information management, a B.S. in management (BSM), a BSM with human resources emphasis, a B.S. in marketing, a B.S. in paralegal studies and a new bachelor of social work degree.
Graduate programs include a master of business administration (MBA), MBAs with accounting, health management or human resources emphasis, a master of education (M.Ed.) in administration, curriculum/instruction or athletics/activities administration and a specialist of education in school administration or instructional leadership.