William Woods University is a learning community offering unique undergraduate programs, including an internationally recognized equestrian studies program, a four-year American Sign Language interpreting program, pre-veterinary, criminal justice, and Business Administration for the 21st century. William Woods University believes in a service-learning model, where students learn best through hands-on experience with a student to teacher ratio of just 13:1. Our 146-year history of service and leadership in education has given us, as a community, values that endure and make the William Woods educational experience unique.

Academic Programs

  • American Sign Language
  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cybersecurity
  • Education
  • English
  • Equestrian
  • Exercise Science
  • Finance/Accounting
  • Health Science
  • Marketing
  • Paralegal
  • Performing Arts
  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Vet
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Special Education Film Studies
  • Sports Communication
  • Sports Management
  • Technology
  • Theater
  • Visual Arts

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Brick District
  • Connections
  • Disability Services
  • Fraternity
  • Freshman Advantage
  • Greek Life
  • Honors Program
  • Kemper Arts Center
  • Mentor-Mentee
  • Nightlife
  • On-Campus Housing
  • President's Twenty
  • Safe Environment
  • Small campus
  • Sorority
  • Student Government
  • Student Organizations
  • Study Abroad
  • Woods Around the World

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


Freshman: Apply as a freshman if you are currently a junior or senior in high school or you have graduated from high school, but have earned less than 12 college credits (dual credit not included). Dual Enrollment: Apply for dual enrollment if you are a high school junior or senior with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a 19 ACT. If you have not taken the ACT, a counselor recommendation is required.


Transfer: Apply as a transfer if you have earned your high school diploma or GED, and have earned more than 12 college credits.

Additional Information

Home…that’s a word many students use to describe William Woods. You can live and learn in a wide variety of residence halls, or join the 44% of students who are part of our Greek Life system and live in an on-campus sorority or fraternity house, or take part in our clubs and organizations stretch across every subject you could think of.
For the student-athletes who thrive at William Woods, a lifetime of excellence begins on the field of competition. The qualities of excellence–integrity, character, loyalty and pride–are attributes we seek to teach our young people through the cooperation and competition that makes up every athletic contest. Excellence is what the competition is about, what the training is about, what the rules and the drills and the long hours are all about.
At William Woods University, we are committed to offering a number of options to help you finance your education. In fact, 100% of incoming William Woods freshman are offered financial aid. Our average financial aid and scholarship package sits around $15,000, which includes our $5,000/year to residential students who participate in our one-of-a-kind LEAD program.


Visit us

There is only one way to truly experience William Woods University, and that is by visiting our beautiful, historic campus in Fulton, Missouri to see why this is such a special place. Come to one of our on-campus events, schedule a personal visit at your convenience, or meet with an undergraduate Admissions Counselor. We believe you will see what we see: a place where you will encounter a world of opportunities to flourish and thrive.

Admissions office

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One University Ave
Fulton, MO 65251, United States of America

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