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Winter 2012
13
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William Woods
announces
enrollment figures
By Mary Ann Beahon
Approximately 900 students are attending
classes on the Fulton campus of William
Woods University this fall, with about 300
of them freshmen or transfer students. A
retention rate of 81 percent (up from
63
percent last year) contributed to the
solid numbers.
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
freshmen from 26 states and eight countries
(
Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, England,
Liberia, Spain, and United Kingdom).
Overall, 12 countries and 37 states are
represented in WWU’s enrollment, with
Missouri, Illinois, California, Texas, and
Wisconsin being the top five. Countries
represented, in addition to those of the new
students, are Ghana, Kenya, New Zealand,
and Zimbabwe.
The average high school GPA of new
students is 3.4, while the average ACT is
23
and the average SAT is 1027.
This entering class, both freshman and
transfer students, appears to be top notch,
and I am confident the faculty and staff will
find them a joy with whom to work,”
Sarah
Munns
,
dean of admissions, said at the start
of school.
Students continue to select a
professions-oriented curriculum. Top
majors for the incoming class (in alphabetical
order) are American Sign Language-English
interpreting, business administration,
elementary education, equestrian science,
and graphic design. Top majors for all
students are the same, except that
communications replaced graphic design
as one of the top five.
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
The William Woods University Class of 2016 gathers for a class photo at Senior Lake.
job stability. They are more outgoing, more
independent, self-reliant, and ready to stretch
their wings.”
The campus is more diverse this year,
with the percentage of non-Caucasian students
increasing by 3 points, from 10 percent to
13
percent, and the number of countries
represented increasing from eight to 12.
Other figures of note: The average financial
aid package (including all types of aid) is
approximately $17,000. Women make up
75
percent of the campus population. The
Greeks (fraternities and sororities) represent
35
percent of the student population.
The overall enrollment has more than
quadrupled in the 22 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 3,100
undergraduate and graduate students who take
their classes in locations throughout Missouri
and at sites in Arkansas.
Michael Stradford, senior
class representative on the
Student Alumni Council,
addresses the incoming
students during orientation.
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