William Woods University

William Woods University

William Woods University has a rich history of providing education training in the Missouri area. Founded in 1870 in Camden Point as the Female Orphan School, the institution later moved to Fulton and expanded its educational programs to accommodate young women who aspired to become teachers. The institution continued to grow its services and offerings, and at the turn of the 20th century, it began offering a two-year college program. During that time, the institution also adopted the name William Woods College in honor of a major benefactor.

In 1962, as more women entered the job market, William Woods transitioned to a four-year college to meet the growing demand for higher education. In 1993, the institution became known as William Woods University, and under this new name, it expanded its educational programs to offer graduate degrees and opened admittance to both men and women.

Throughout its history, William Woods University has remained committed to its students' personal, professional and spiritual growth and dedicated to its educational mission.


One University Avenue
Fulton MO  65251



Average Cost per Credit


Accrediting Agency

Higher Learning Commission

Delivery Format


Institution Type

Private not-for-profit- 4-year or above

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